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Game Thoughts: Reds beat the Indians 9-8

That's a thing of beauty.

Quick thoughts:

  • How about the resilience shown by Elizardo? He could have layed down after that first inning, but he got it together and pitched four more reasonably decent innings. I'm not saying he had a decent outing, far from it, but with a bullpen as bad as the Reds it's critical to get as many innings as possible from the starters. A one or two inning outing by Elizardo would have absolutely killed the Reds last night, but he didn't let that happen.
  • 17 hits and 9 runs. The offense is officially out of it's slump I think.
  • Austin Kearns is having a quiet year, but he's now on pace to hit 28 home runs. He's really having the year we've all been waiting for out of him for so long.
  • I'm still having a hard time believing that Juan Castro hit a three run home run last night.
  • Adam Dunn, ladies and gentlemen. He's sometimes maddening, but he's one of the best players in baseball, and I'm so thankful that he's a Red.
  • Guess what? It's July. We're through June and the Reds are still in the thick of things. This isn't 2004 after all.