Owings hits, pitches for 6-5 win

It was all about Micah Owings tonight. Owings pitched six innings for the victory and looked better than his line indicated. He allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

Most important — Owings RBI triple in the bottom of the fourth provided the go-ahead run that snapped a 3-3 tie. It came right after Milwaukee scored three in the top of the fourth.

Big win for the Reds, considering they were down to 22 healthy players. Only Darnell McDonald and Chris Dickerson were available off the bench.

Dusty Baker quote:

“I liked the way he started. He started calm and it was the best start of a game he’s had since he’s been here. He was determined and calm about it at the same time. I’m glad we got the victory for him because he gave it all he had. I’d hate to have him get a no-decision after pitching, hitting and running doing everything he did.”

Micah Owings quote:

“I say it all the time. I’m fortunate to be able to swing it and be blessed with God-given talent that I have. I take a lot of pride in it. I know a lot of guys are going to continue to bear down on me but I’m going to bear down too and keep seeing what I can do to help the team.”

Owings pounded the bag hard after he was called safe upon his slide into third base.

“For one, I was out of breath and tired. I don’t know if I was surprised that I made it and was safe and together from the previous half inning, it was a rush of emotions.”

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Defense. The Reds have to play better. Not just the errors (the Philies have given up just one unearned run this season and that in the last two days). They allow hits and give up outs a good defensive team wouldn’t, and it’s costing them games.

Meanwhile, they won a game in which the pitchers gave up 4 or more runs for the first time since April 13 (also against the Brewers).

So would Dusty Baker consider Owings available to pinch hit tonight?Russhttp://wight4256.mlblogs.com

He just about has to if Votto and Phillips are still sick. McDonald and Dickerson are the only other guys we have till Gonzo is better.

Consider Owings always available to pinch-hit when he isn’t starting. The only time Dusty would hesistate using him is the day before a start.

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