Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….
WP: Harang (3-5)
LP: Burres (2-2)
S: Cordero (15)
–Drew Stubbs was a triple short of the cycle, going 3-4 with a couple of RBI. He also made a couple of nice plays in center field.
–Orlando Cabrera had a good game, going 3-3 with a double, a walk, and a stolen base. I’d call it an excellent game, but he made an error and a baserunning gaffe that a Little Leaguer shouldn’t make, forgetting the number of outs.
–Arthur Rhodes is the greatest pitcher in the history of the world, or at least, he’s the greatest pitcher in the AARP. Also nice to see Daniel Ray Herrera have a good outing.
–None really, other than the two boneheaded plays by Cabrera mentioned above.
–Guess what? The Reds are back in first place, tied with St. Louis. Do you realize that only one team in the majors has more wins than the Reds? (To be fair, though, six teams have the same number of wins.)
–Workmanlike effort by Aaron Harang, but the highlight was his baserunning. After driving in a run to give the Reds the lead, Harang scored from first on Cabrera’s double. Watching the big guy motor around the bases was a delight…until he ignored Brandon Phillips’ plea to slide, and almost got tagged out at home. It was a fun moment, though.
–I haven’t had the opportunity to write TOS in a long time, and that makes me very happy.
–Arthur Rhodes has tossed 16 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings.
–Interesting major league debut for Enerio Del Rosario. The kid can clearly pitch, and he struck out the only batter he faced, but the hitter (Andrew McCutcheon) reached first after a passed ball by Ryan Hanigan. Therefore, officially Del Rosario threw 0.0 innings with 1 strikeout. Funny.
–Nice win; let’s celebrate!