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Game Thoughts: Reds beat the Cardinals 7-0

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Giddy. That's how I'm feeling about the Reds these days.

Quick thoughts:

  • Eric Milton was outstanding. One thing I'm noticing more and more about these Reds pitchers is their reluctance to give up the walk (besides Claussen), and I think it's a huge reason for their success this year. Milton didn't walk anyone in his seven innings last night, and Chris Hammond and Rick White followed with two walkless innings.
  • Fifteen hits. It seemed like the Reds were really teeing off, and against pitchers who've been pretty good so far this year. Brandon Phillips had three hits, and he's hitting .312 on the year. Junior went 2-2 with three walks, Dunn was 2-4 with a walk, Hatteberg was 3-5, Freel had a couple of hits ... it was the kind of night where everyone contributed. Except for Quinton McCracken. He sucks.
  • David Ross is all kinds of awesome. He better not collapse, because I've been hyping him like crazy.
  • I now feel confident with Chris Hammond in the game. That makes two relievers I feel good about (Hammond and Coffey), two guys I feel okay with (Weathers and Yan), and two guys I hate seeing come into a game (White and Mercker - although I think Mercker will turn things around). Oh, and one guy about whom I don't really know what to think yet (Joe Mays). But really the Reds bullpen is looking better and better as the year goes on.
  • Six game winning streak, 34-24, one game behind the Cards. Life as a Reds fan is damn good right now. We deserve this.