Time for a recap of tonight’s titanic struggle….
WP: Maloney (1-4)
LP: Sanchez (2-7)
S: Cordero (38)
–Smilin’ side of the scoreboard!
–Big Redleg Nation congratulations to Matt Maloney, who picked up his first major league win tonight. Maloney gave up 7 hits and 2 runs over five innings.
–Homer for Darnell McDonald, his second. Darnell went 2-3 with a walk from the leadoff spot. He’s clearly a better leadoff hitter than Willy Taveras…although that really isn’t a very high bar to leap over.
–Four scoreless innings by the bullpen — Ramon Ramirez, Arthur Rhodes, Nick Masset, CoCo — with only a single hit allowed (by Rhodes). By and large, the bullpen has been a big shining bright spot for this team in 2009.
–That’s four wins in a row, and suddenly the Reds are back on a roll. Chad is happy about that.
–It was great to see Tony Perez back in Cincinnati. He was wearing the wrong uniform and sitting in the wrong dugout, but it’s always good to see the Big Dog.
–Only 9,865 fans there tonight. I’m surprised there weren’t more, especially since the Reds have added a sweet fruit stand.