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Ouch and a Birthday

Three straight to the Pirates?? You’d think this was May or something. I thought we had solved our road troubles (we’re now “only” 30-44 on the road), but I guess not because the last place Pirates made us look bad this weekend.

Game one of Friday’s doubleheader was nice because we won, but scary because Sean Casey was taken off the field. Humberto Cota hit him in the head with his forearm and knocked him out. By the time he got to the hospital, he was talking, which is good. He hasn’t been back since and while I haven’t checked really hard, I haven’t heard about his condition. I know, I really provide the breaking news.

We did beat Zach Duke, who lost his first major league game. Felipe Lopez was five for five with two RBIs and Austin Kearns was two for five with three RBIs and a homer. Adam Dunn had the odd stat line of the day as he went 0 for 1 with two RBIs and three walks. Oh yeah, Brandon Claussen threw a nice game and he joined Aaron Harang in the double figure win club.

It went downhill from there. We blew a 4-2 lead to lose the second game of the twin billing. Yesterday, we got shutout and were held to four hits by Paul Maholm.

Today, we got some runs, but the Pirates got more as Eric Milton couldn’t get out of the first inning. He didn’t give up any homers though, just six hits and six runs in 2/3 of an inning of work. Rich Aurilia had three hits and Jason LaRue had a three run homer.

St. Louie is on deck. They’re not playing for anything, and neither are we. Maybe we’ll run up the score one game and Adam Dunn can get to 40 homers or something when they rest their starters. We can have Milton and one of their batting practice pithers throw the game and whoever hits the most homers wins.

Well, my three month winning streak came to an end in fantasy baseball. No shame in losing to JD, so now I’ll get to play for third place (yeah, I know, no matter what I lost). No biggie. I’ll just get him next year. And unless something weird happens, he and fellow blogger Joel square off in the finals.

Reds Cutting Edge is one year old today. I think any blogger who survived this season deserves some credit, so I’m going to pat myself on the back. I guess it could have been worse. I could have been a Tiger blogger in 2003. And I also have to thank Brian for his help with the 1975 Reds diary, along with the rest of the Reds blogs out there. Without the network, I’d have a handful of people stopping by. Instead, I get two handfuls.

Congrats on surviving your first year. That’s longer then a lot of blogs survive. And I’m glad I could help you out.

Posted by Brian on September 19th, 2005 at 10:31 am

Congrats on the one year. I bought a cake. If you want some, stop by.

You and I both know that you had no business playing in the championship game. You gave it a valiant effort kid, but now it’s time to let the grown-ups play. Good luck going for third. hehe

[Notice that I am only talking trash to you now that I know that you are no longer a threat to me. 🙂 ]

Posted by Joel on September 19th, 2005 at 1:15 pm

The Cutting Edge is a whole year old? It doesn’t look a day over six months!


Posted by Red Hot Mama on September 19th, 2005 at 6:23 pm

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the kind words, and it’s been fun (well, the losing hasn’t, but the writing has).

And Joel, it’s funny because I thought you had no reason playing in championship after you squeaked into the playoffs and based on our head to head record :-).

Of course I jest (except for the part about me kicking Joel around the two times we went head to head). I think Joel had about the unluckiest season I’ve ever seen in a head to head league. First in points and sixth in the standings. Should be a good World Series between you and JD.

Posted by Blade on September 20th, 2005 at 10:05 am

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