Thursday, April 20, 2006

Reds Leading 12-8; Heading to the 9th (Survive Scare in Bottom of 8th)

Things were looking shaky after the Reds had taken a commanding 12-6 lead coming into the bottom of the eighth inning. I hate to leave at this stage of the game, but the bed is calling my name so that I can be refreshed for work in the morning.

This has been an up-and-down game already. The Reds led through the middle of the second, the Brewers led from the bottom of the second until the top of the fifth, and then the Reds blew it open in the top of the sixth. After a scoreless seventh for both teams, the Brewers threatened (and scored a couple) in the bottom of the eighth, but, at the moment I write this, the inning just ended on back-to-back strikeouts by reliever Todd Coffey of Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder to end the threat. The box score looks like this:

REDS 1 1 0 3 2 5 0 0 -- 12
Brewers 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 2 -- 8

The Reds get one more chance to score more "insurance" runs, but the bullpen should be able (fingers crossed) to survive one final inning of work.

The final report (win pending?) will be issued in the morning.

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