It’s a funny game isn’t it? Last night we were thinking about how early in the year (seemingly every season) when the Reds are nearly at full roster strength with their projected lineup and projected rotation, they play games that they must have and they just seem to let them slip away night after night; or at least more often then not. Late in the year once again; with guys filling in all over the field from different backgrounds and talent levels, they just seem to find a way to pull out victory after victory.
On the night in which they honored Hall of Fame beat writer Hal Mccoy, the Reds battled back late in the game to take a lead in which they would not relinquish. It was their third straight victory over the Houston Astros, and it was a true team victory.
Francisco Cordero locked down his 37th save of the season. Jared Burton got his first win on the year. Johnny Gomes hit his 20th home run while Drew Stubbs hit his 7th and collected two hits. Brandon Phillips had three hits. Joey Votto and Wladimir Balentien also had multiple hit games. Balentien slid into home avoiding the tag to tie the game at 5-5.
This was a funny game because the Reds surrendered five home runs. It was the little things that lead to a team victory. A sweep over the Houston Astros even in September is something to hang your hat on. Dusty has his boys playing well this time of year. And they don’t want to hear that it’s too little too late.