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Game 82 Thread: Reds at Phillies

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Cincinnati Reds
@ Philadelphia Phillies

Tuesday, Jul 7, 2009, 7:05 PM EDT
Citizens Bank Park

Aaron Harang vs J.A. Happ

Partly cloudy,rain. Game time temperature around 80.

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2009 - Aaron Harang 5-8 3.86 1.36 88 24

2009 - J.A. Happ 5-0 2.96 1.23 50 30

It's okay. We spent the whole day in bed with a trash can by our side. We avoided the TV for fear that it might make our headache worse. We managed to get some saltines down in the morning. We took some Tylenol, probably more than we should. As the day went on, our head started to clear up a bit and we were able to eat a cheeseburger without puking it up. We've made it through the worst part of the hangover. Now it's time to get back on the horse.

And the horse we're riding tonight is a good one. Seriously, thank god for Aaron Harang. He isn't perfect, but he is our best hope to stop the bleeding. The Reds have now lost 3 of their last 4 since Harang last pitched, and the losses were 3 of the toughest losses the Reds have had this season. It's time for Harang to come in and pull us back off the ledge and make us forget the debacles of the last two days. I know you don't owe it to us, and the offense sure doesn't deserve your help, Aaron, but could you do us this favor, please? We need some good news in our lives.

As always, it won't be easy for Harang tonight as he faces left-hander J.A. Happ, who is having himself a fine little season. It'll be the first time the Reds have faced have Happ. In fact, not a single Reds player has batted against him yet. That always turns out well.

Dusty gives us the same lineup tonight that we had last night. Hopefully the results are much better.