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Bullpen again sharp as Reds rally past sloppy Pirates

Apr 7, 2007 - 10:39 PM CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- The bullpen of the Cincinnati Reds was in a far less giving mood than Xavier Nady.

Reds relievers remained unscored upon this season as they closed out a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, who were let down by Nady's shaky defense in right field.

On a cold day, Nady allowed Adam Dunn's first-inning fly ball to pop out of his glove for a two-run homer. That was the first of two two-run leads given away by the Pirates and starter Tony Armas.

"Last year I hit one into the seats that bounced out and I only got a triple," Dunn said. "We're even."

"We'll take it," Cincinnati manager Jerry Narron said. "Dunn hit the ball well and when you do that, good things happen."

After playing on a perfect 75-degree day Monday to open the campaign, the game-time temperatures at Great American Ballpark have been 39, 35,36 and 30 degrees over the last four contests.

"It is impossible to describe how hard it is to play when it's this cold," Dunn said. The bat slips. The ball slips out of your hand. You pick up a ball and go to throw it and you feel you're going to spike it instead. I don't know how the pitchers do it."

Dunn also walked three times, stole two bases and scored three runs for the Reds, who won their third straight game despite a sub-par performance by Aaron Harang (2-0), who hung in long enough to get the win.

"It looked like Harang had a tough time getting a feel for the ball," Narron said. "It says a lot when you can win without your best stuff."

The 2006 National League strikeout champion, Harang was not particularly sharp, giving up five runs, eight hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. But he struck out six and was better than Armas, who surrendered every lead he was given.

"I threw 25-30 pitches in the first inning, but to stay out there long enough was pretty nice," Harang said. "When I was in the windup, I could blow on my hands. But when I was in the stretch I couldn't and the ball was slick."

Cincinnati had five relievers combine to limit Pittsburgh to one hit over the final 3 1/3 innings. Kirk Saarloos pitched a perfect eighth and David Weathers worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save.

"Our bullpen is better than a lot of people think," Narron said.

With one out in the fourth, Armas walked Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr. around a single by Brandon Phillips to load the bases. Edwin Encarnacion, who had three hits, singled up the middle to plate the tying and go-ahead runs.

Dunn helped manufacture a run in the sixth when he walked, stole second and eventually scored on a single by Scott Hatteberg, making it 7-5.

"We were trying to be like the old penguin march," Dunn joked.

The Pirates scored twice in the first when Adam LaRoche doubled home a run and scored on a double by Nady, who gave back the runs in the bottom half with a terrible defensive play.

After Ryan Freel singled, Dunn lifted a catchable fly to the warning track in right-center field that Nady - on the move - had jump out of his glove and over the fence for a homer.

"I had it right in my mitt and it just popped out," said Nady, who ran into the right field wall last night in a failed attempt to make a catch.

"It was unfortunate when the ball ended up in the stands," Pittsburgh manager Jim Tracy said. "It was freezing cold. You see strange things happen in this kind of weather." Dunn has three homers in the first five games.

"I'd like to hit every one 500 feet," Dunn said. "I didn't know if he caught it or not. I didn't want to pass Freel."

Cincinnati added a run on Alex Gonzalez's RBI single and another in the second on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Phillips, making it 4-2.

Pittsburgh regained the lead in the fourth. LaRoche led off with his first homer of the season. Two outs later, Don Kelly walked and came around on a double by Humberto Cota, who scored on a single by Armas.

But Armas again gave away the lead in the bottom half. He allowed six runs, eight hits and five walks in four innings








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 5 9 0
    CINCINNATI 3 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 x 7 11 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: PIT - TONY ARMAS, SHAWN CHACON (5TH), JONAH BAYLISS (7TH), JUAN
    PEREZ (7TH), DAMASO MARTE (8TH) AND HUMBERTO COTA
    CIN - AARON HARANG, JON COUTLANGUS (6TH), TODD COF

    Apr 7 4:17 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: J Perez relieved J Bayliss.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, R FREEL ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5
    CINCINNATI 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: A Dunn (.375, 1-FOR-1, HR, 2 RBI)

    Apr 7 3:49 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - PITCHING CHANGE
    PIT: JUAN PEREZ (0-0, 0.00) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: NO RUNS IN, R FREEL ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5, CINCINNATI 7
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: A DUNN (.375, 1-FOR-1, HR, 2 RBI)

    Apr 7 3:49 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: C Moeller hit for R Cormier.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5
    CINCINNATI 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: C Moeller (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Apr 7 3:42 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - MID INNING UPDATE
    PLAY: J Bayliss relieved S Chacon.
    SITUATION: 0 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5
    CINCINNATI 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J Valentin (.167, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 7 3:39 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - PITCHING CHANGE
    PIT: JONAH BAYLISS (1-0, 0.00) STARTING THE 7TH
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5, CINCINNATI 7
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J VALENTIN (.167, 0-FOR-2)

    Apr 7 3:39 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 5 9 0
    CINCINNATI 3 1 0 2 0 1 7 10 0 (BOT 7)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: PIT - SHAWN CHACON
    CIN - RHEAL CORMIER

    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J VALENTIN (.167, 0-FOR-2, BB)
    R CORMIER (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    R FREEL (.278, 2-FOR-4)

    Apr 7 3:37 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SCOTT HATTEBERG SCORED ADAM DUNN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S HATTEBERG ON FIRST, K GRIFFEY JR ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5
    CINCINNATI 7 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: A GONZALEZ (.429, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Pirates vs. RedsApr 7 3:18 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 2 0 0 3 5 7 0
    CINCINNATI 3 1 0 2 6 8 0 (TOP 5)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: PIT - TONY ARMAS
    CIN - AARON HARANG

    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J BAY (.158, 0-FOR-2)
    A LAROCHE (.176, 2-FOR-2, HR, 2 RBI)
    X NADY (.294, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Apr 7 2:39 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY EDWIN ENCARNACION SCORED ADAM DUNN AND BRANDON
    PHILLIPS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, E ENCARNACION ON FIRST, K GRIFFEY JR ON
    SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5
    CINCINNATI 6 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: S HATTEBERG (.222, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Pirates vs. RedsApr 7 2:38 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TONY ARMAS SCORED HUMBERTO COTA.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, T ARMAS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5
    CINCINNATI 4 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: C DUFFY (.250, 1-FOR-2)

    Pirates vs. RedsApr 7 2:20 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY HUMBERTO COTA SCORED DON KELLY.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, H COTA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 4
    CINCINNATI 4 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: T ARMAS (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates vs. RedsApr 7 2:20 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ADAM LAROCHE (1) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF AARON HARANG.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3, CINCINNATI 4
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: X NADY (.313, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Pirates vs. RedsApr 7 2:12 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BRANDON PHILLIPS SCORED RYAN FREEL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A DUNN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2
    CINCINNATI 4 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: K GRIFFEY JR (.286, 0-FOR-1)

    Apr 7 1:50 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BRANDON PHILLIPS SCORED RYAN FREEL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A DUNN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2
    CINCINNATI 4 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: K GRIFFEY JR (.286, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates vs. RedsApr 7 1:50 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 2 0 2 3 0
    CINCINNATI 3 3 4 0 (BOT 2)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: PIT - TONY ARMAS
    CIN - AARON HARANG

    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: A HARANG (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    R FREEL (.267, 1-FOR-1)
    A DUNN (.375, 1-FOR-1, HR, 2 RBI)

    Apr 7 1:41 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALEX GONZALEZ SCORED EDWIN ENCARNACION.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A GONZALEZ ON FIRST, S HATTEBERG ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2
    CINCINNATI 3 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J VALENTIN (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Pirates vs. RedsApr 7 1:30 PM


  • NL
    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ADAM DUNN (3) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 1ST OFF TONY ARMAS SCORED RYAN FREEL.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2, CINCINNATI 2
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: B PHILLIPS (.143, 1 HR, 1 RBI)

    Pirates vs. RedsApr 7 1:22 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 2 2 3 0
    CINCINNATI 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: PIT - TONY ARMAS
    CIN - AARON HARANG

    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: R FREEL (.214, 0 HR, 0 RBI)
    A DUNN (.333, 2 HR, 4 RBI)
    B PHILLIPS (.143, 1 HR, 1 RBI

    Pirates vs. RedsApr 7 1:18 PM