There’s no way to help fans forget two straight bullpen disasters like a dramatic extra inning win. I’m on the road (we’ve taken the kids on a short trip), so I listened on XM and I thought the game was lost when Scott Hatteberg came to the plate with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Fortunately, I was wrong.
Kyle Lohse was incredible again, and I’m so glad that he didn’t get the loss (as he would have without Hatteberg’s heroics). What an outstanding April Lohse has had. He’s been a stud.
Unfortunately, our less-spectacular former Twin starts today. Eric Milton can actually get his ERA below 5 today (it currently stands at 5.06), and something in the 4s isn’t a bad ERA for a fifth starter, frankly.
The Phils will counter with Cole Hamels, a good young pitcher who pitched brilliantly against the Reds last year in his major league debut. Here’s the game thread from that matchup; you’ll notice the wailing and gnashing of teeth about our bullpen. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
I feel a win coming on tonight, though. Discuss it here!
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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