Roy Oswalt owns the Reds and fortunately we didn’t have to face him this week. Aaron Harang was in the spotlight though, and he did his best Roger Clemens imitation against, well, Roger Clemens. On Tuesday, Harang combined with two relievers to throw a six hit shutout and despite scoring only two runs, the Reds walked away with the win. Scott Hatteberg had an RBI single in the first inning and while Harang drove in Brandon Phillips on a suicide squeeze, that first run was all the Reds needed.
Bronson Arroyo continues to struggle and he got beat up on Wednesday. He’s now 9-7 and that’s after that spectacular start. Adam Dunn went four for four and Rich Aurilia had three hits, including a homerun, and he scored three times.
The Reds won the rubber game 8-4. Adam Dunn was a men amongst boys and had a stat line that could have been taken from a video game box score. Three for three with two walks, four RBIs and three runs, Oh yeah, one of those hits was homerun number 31. Ken Griffey also went yard with number 20. Gary Mejewski got shelled as did Bill Bray. Fortunately it didn’t matter because we still won the game. Have I mentioned that was a garbage trade.
Despite the garbage trade, we cushioned out wild card lead with a 2 1/2 game cushion over (pick any NL team) the Diamondbacks. Next up is a three game set in Milwaukee against the beer drinkers.