This looked like a ballgame that was headed for disaster, and then after a Cincinnati Reds rally; extra innings. Neither thing ever came to pass as the Reds beat the Astros and Roy Oswalt did indeed set a single season record for no-decisions in a season.
Paul Janish of all people had a big night for the Reds, tallying three doubles. Scott Rolen’s hit was as big as any in the game as he doubled over Astros centerfielder Micheal Bourne’s head to tie the game at 4-4.
Not to be overlooked is Kip Wells’ effort on the mound. The guy has absolutely nothing in the way of stuff but he gutted it out long enough to get the ball to Daniel Ray Herrera (win), Nick Masset and eventually Coco Cordero (save).
And yes, these games are meaningless for both clubs. Yes, the Reds hosted a half assed promotion last night titled ‘bark at the ballpark’ in which you could bring your dog to the stadium. But anytime you can take a few games from the Houston Astros I know as a Reds fan I at least appreciate it.