Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
FINAL — 13 innings
New York (NL) 4
W: S. LeCure (2-1)
L: D. Thayer (0-3)
S: F. Cordero (37)
–You know, win or lose, tonight’s game just got under my skin. Why? Because Dusty Baker was not serious about trying to win the game. He was more interested in trying to get Bronson Arroyo a silly statistical milestone (200 IP). As it was, Bronson threw 125 pitches in 8 innings and finished up the 2011 season with 199 innings pitched.
–Drew Stubbs singled, doubled, and tripled, but what everyone is going to talk about was his squeeze bunt in the top of the 13th that scored Juan Francisco (who had tripled!) with the go-ahead run.
–Jay Bruce reached base four times, with three hits and a walk. Among the hits were his 32nd homer, along with a double. Bruce now has 97 RBI heading into Cincinnati’s last game of the season.
–Joey Votto hit his 29th homer.
–CoCo loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 13th before getting lucky when a hard-hit line drive became a game-ending double play. He only had four walks in the inning. That isn’t bad, is it?
–Yes, Dontrelle Willis pinch-hit with the bases loaded and the game tied. Of course he did. Why do you ask?
–Stop the presses! Paul Janish had two hits!
–One game remaining. I’ll take a win, if that’s alright with everyone.
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.
You can email Chad at firstname.lastname@example.org.