Postgame extra: Reds 7-5 win
The good —
*Drew Stubbs went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in the five-run sixth and a RBI double in the second. As is often the case, Stubbs was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. He just missed going 4-for-4 when Iwamura stopped his rocket on the ground for a 463 GIDP.
*Stubbs’ average jumped 15 points from .203 to .218 and he’s batting .415 (17-for-41) since moving from leadoff to the seventh spot.
“I don’t do anything different than I do hitting first, ninth or whatever,” Stubbs said. “I felt good. I got some good pitches to hit up there. I put some good swings on them.”
*Lots of runs scored with two outs.
*After a Hanigan 643 GIDP with bases loaded, no outs, Reds kept rally going with four more runs. Aaron Harang’s lined RBI single was well done for a guy not known for hitting.
*Harang trucked around and scored standing up from first base when Orlando Cabrera followed in fourth with double through the left field gap.
“I was praying I could make it home at that point,” Harang said. “We don’t get to run the bases that often and Berry felt like I had a good shot at scoring and tried to make it home without falling on my face.”
*Arthur Rhodes made his 800th career appearance and worked another scoreless inning with one hit. Rhodes has not allowed a run in 18-straight appearances.
*Cool effort by the Reds and GABP to recreate some of the 1935 feel to mark the 75th anniversary of the first night game. Although I missed the video screen, the organ music was a great change of pace. It made me dislike a couple of the regular sound elements even more like a certain Black Eyed Peas song and the oft-used “Everybody clap your hands.”
The not so good —
*The Reds hit into five double plays in the game — including four on the ground.
*The B.E.P. music returned after a very nice seventh inning video montage that marked the return of modern ballpark displays.
The odd —
Enerio Del Rosario’s MLB debut line is this: 0 IP, 1 K. His lone batter, Andrew McCutchen, struck out but reached on a Ryan Hanigan passed ball.
“The main thing is we got him runs and he scored a run and drove in a run. He won and we won. That’s the big deal. The line doesn’t mean anything if you don’t win.” — Dusty Baker on Harang, who gave up five runs (four earned) and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings.
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