Hairston hurt, Reds lose 9-7
You had to wonder how long Jerry Hairston Jr. would last in tonight’s game after fouling a ball hard off of his left ankle in the fourth inning. It looked very painful and replays showed Hairston yelping in pain right on contact.
Hairston was replaced by Darnell McDonald in center field before the top of the sixth and was later diagnosed with a “tight left lower leg.” It turned out that the fourth inning incident wasn’t what took him out.
“That one killed but went away,”Hairston said. “But the one that caused me to go out was the one I hit in the first inning. I hit it right in the calf. I hit it pretty good right in there and it just locked up.”
It wasn’t a pretty night for either starting pitcher — Edinson Volquez or Mike Pelfrey. Volquez threw pitch economy out the window — 107 pitches over just 4 1/3 innings (60 strikes). He gave up five earned runs and six hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
Two-out scoring chances hurt Volquez. He walked David Wright with two outs in a 24-pitch first inning. The next batter, Carlos Delgado, smoked a 438-foot homer into the right field seats. There were two outs when the Mets got a double and back-to-back walks by the seventh and eighth hitters to load the bases before Volquez escaped. But he used 32 pitches that inning.
The Reds had a nice first inning while sending nine up against Pelfrey, who was fooling no one while throwing 44 pitches. Joey Votto crushed a grooved fastball into the left-center field seats for a three-run homer.
But missed chances galore buried the Reds, none more than the ninth inning when Francisco Rodriguez had the bases loaded on two walks and one out. Alex Gonzalez struck out after going 2-0 and Laynce Nix just missed hitting a grand slam. The ball was caught at the warning track.
Some post-game quotes:
Dusty Baker: “We still fought back and had action at the end there. We had Frankie on the ropes. His control wasn’t there but he got it when he needed it.”
Joey Votto: “It’s frustrating but I still feel very optimistic about the team. I think as good as their bullpen is and supposed to be, we keep battling and made it pretty uncomfortable for them at the end.”
Laynce Nix: “I hit it solid. I was under it just a little bit. I would like to be in that position again and square that ball up.”