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Reds Roll Over in Baltimore
Bryan Price

Bryan Price’s dreams of autumn golf.

Orioles fans are still among the nouveau riche. Seventeen years of losing means we still have to wait a few more seasons before we look down our noses at anyone.

So Cincinnati fans will have to forgive me for noticing that the Reds are a team that appears to have given up. Last night at Camden Yards, a handful of fans showed up wearing Reds colors, one guy dressed like Mr. Redlegs himself. Those fans should call the Orioles ticket office at 888-848-BIRD and demand a refund for last night’s game.

Listen, you’ll hear no complaints from me. Baltimore completely and fully dominated the Reds. Miguel Gonzalez threw a complete-game shutout and the O’s muscled three more homers to cruise to a 6-0 win.

From the national anthem to the last pitch, the Reds treated last night like a spring training game. I don’t know how many September call-ups GM Walt Jocketty made, but when players and coaches emerged from the dugout for the anthem, the line stretched almost to the foul pole. I haven’t seen that many Reds since the Bolshevik Revolution. The third-base dugout contained more Reds than the Seconol factory. There were so many Reds …

Smitty! We get it! Enough with the Reds jokes.

Sorry. Can’t help myself.

Anyway, yeah. By the time the Reds were down 6-0 in the eighth inning, substitute first baseman Jack Hanahan was playing behind baserunner Adam Jones. Didn’t even hold him on. This was a team that had zero confidence that a six-run comeback was possible.

The Reds almost spoiled the shutout in the eighth inning, but third base coach Steve Smith inexplicably held up Ryan Ludwick at third on a base hit to left. The next batter, Todd Frazier, grounded out to short to end the threat.

It’s not fair of me to pick on the Reds. Like I said, O’s fans have no business poo-pooing anybody. We’ve been on the wrong end of those September games more times than I could ever count. And there’s still one game left in the Reds series, so maybe they’ll wake up.

But anyone who watched last night saw two teams headed in very different directions. And the Reds can’t get there fast enough.

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