Thursday, August 17, 2006

Reds can't overtake Cards

Just wanted to get the word out to Sam Hieb to keep his chin up as the Cincinnati Reds dropped a tough 2-1 decision to St. Louis. A Redlegs victory would have pushed them a half-game ahead of the Cards in the NL Central. Instead, they sit a game-and-a-half back. Albert Pujols's glove and Scott Rolen's bat overcame an intense and noteworthy Ken Griffey Jr. at bat that produced a homer:

Ken Griffey Jr. put Cincinnati ahead in the seventh against Jeff Weaver with his 25th homer of the season. It was also the 561st of his career, which moved him within two of Reggie Jackson for 10th place on the career list.

The drive came after Griffey fouled off six straight pitches on a full count. It was his 1,042nd extra-base hit, breaking a tie with Pete Rose for 20th place.

I know Sam doesn't want to settle for the wild card. There's still hope. It looks like the Reds have some staying power.

5 Comments:

Blogger Joe Guarino said...

I see that Griffey turns 38 later this year. Have wondered how many years he has left in him to play.

It is a shame that he had the equivalent of a black hole around his late prime, or else his numbers would be amazing. And apparently without steroids?

8/18/2006  
Blogger Glenn said...

I got to see Griffey play live in San Francisco last summer. He's a ballplayer. He was ready to go at the plate and in the field. That's the irony of his career. By playing the game all-out, he ended up with some almost devastating injuries. Without them, we might be watching him chase Hammerin' Hank along with Bonds. I know who I'd be rooting for.

I saw the highlights of the Cards game. It looked like a good one. The big players made the big plays.

8/18/2006  
Blogger sam's notes said...

Thanks, Floyd. That was a tough loss. Thank God they beat the Pirates tonight. My hopes are somewhat high, but I realize not only the pitching but the defense is going to have to get a lot better.

8/19/2006  
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