Reds erase dubious record

Sunday, August 30, 1998

BY JOHN FAY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Barry Larkin throws for a DP after forcing Dave Berg
(AP photo)
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The Reds haven't set many records this season, but Saturday night, they managed to erase one of their more dubious ones.

The Reds had held the record for most losses following a World Championship year. They set that mark by losing 88 games in 1991 after winning it all in 1990.

The Florida Marlins, who won it all in 1997, now have 89 losses in 1998, thanks to the 7-5 beating the Reds gave them before a crowd of 22,445 at Cinergy Field.

"Good," said Barry Larkin, one of the few holdovers from the '91 Reds. "That's a dubious record. That's one you don't even want to think about. But part of that record is we did win the World Series, so that's not all bad."

The Reds have won seven of eight games overall and are 64-72, their best record since they were 45-53 on July 18. Manager Jack McKeon called a brief meeting before the game to thank his players.

"Those people who expected us to lose 100 games -- we've proven them wrong already," McKeon said. "I just told (the players) I was proud of them, that they've been giving 100 percent lately and I wanted them to keep it up the rest of the way and show everybody that we're not as bad as they thought we were."

The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Reggie Sanders beat out an infield single and scored on Larkin's double into the right-field corner. Larkin was 3-for-4 to raise his season average to .294.

The Reds tacked on two more in the fourth. The first run came on back-to-back, ground-rule doubles by Jeffrey Hammonds and Bret Boone.

Boone's double extended his hitting streak to 12 games. That's a career-high and the longest by a Red this year.

Boone's brother, Aaron, got him home with a single.

A 3-0 lead looked like plenty for Reds starter Pete Harnisch at that point.

Harnisch retired the first seven batters. Dave Berg then grounded a single off Harnisch's leg. Berg was erased by a double play, so Harnisch had faced the minimum through four innings.

The fifth, however, was not so smooth. The Marlins touched Harnisch up for three runs on five hits to tie it 3-3.

The Marlins took a 5-3 lead in the seventh, but the Reds came back in their half of the seventh. Aaron Boone and pinch-hitter Roberto Petagine started it with back-to-back singles. Sanders got them home with a double. Then Sanders scored on Larkin's 10th triple. That gave the Reds a 6-5 lead. Hammonds made 7-5 with a sacrifice fly that scored Larkin.

Mike Remlinger (7-14) got the win in relief of Harnisch. It was Remlinger's first win since July 11.

Danny Graves finished it for his fourth save.


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  • McGwire ejected; fans litter field

  • Sosa short on patience

  • Associated Press baseball page

  • Reds page

    Today
    Marlins (46-89) at
    Reds (64-72)

    Time: 1:15 p.m.
    On the mound:
    Medina (1-1)
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    Radio: 700 WLW