The Reds have been awesome on the road, but not great at home. They've been worse when I've been in attendance, going 0-5 after last night's disaster. One saving grace from last night, from a fan perspective, was getting to see Paul Janish make his pitching debut. After giving Weathers and Cordero some work in the 7th and 8th, Dusty went with Janish, who pitched at Rice University.
The crowd loved it, chanting repeatedly throughout the top of the ninth. (By the way, I'm using the work "crowd" to refer to the handful of kids behind us and the one drunk guy.)
Janish started off great, striking out J.J. Hardy, actually making him look bad on strike three on a swing Hardy tried not to make. Then it was batting practice for five runs, with the inning finally ending with another strike out. Janish consistently hit 90 on the radar but did not appear to have another pitch. He threw a couple of pitches around 80, but his arm speed was so much slower even I knew what was coming (and I'm certainly not the Cowboy).
The home run Fielder hit was epic.
Mike Mussina, Hall of Famer
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