Sunday, August 12, 2001
Young producing in sixth spot
By Joe Kay
AP Sports Writer
Dmitri Young is starting to get the hang of batting lower in the Reds' order.
Young singled home the go-ahead runs Saturday night, rallying the Reds to a 7-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Young, who usually hit second or third early in the season, has been dropped to sixth since the Reds called up Adam Dunn and installed Todd Walker in the leadoff spot.
Although it's not his favorite place, it's becoming a comfortable place. He has driven in 11 runs in the last 10 games.
Playing left field every day and batting sixth every day puts you in a comfort zone, he said. You're seeing the same guys in the lineup every day. For next year, we can get a fresh start on being consistent.
Bold streaks of lightning darted across the sky during the middle innings on a humid, 83-degree evening, drawing oohs from the crowd and turning the players' heads. The storm stayed in the distance until shortly after the game ended.
Young came to the plate in the third inning with the bases loaded and two out. Rockies starter Brian Bohannon got ahead in the count 0-2 by throwing a pair of off-speed pitches. The next one was a fastball that Young lined for a two-run single and a 4-3 lead.
I wanted the fastball in and it was pretty much right down the middle, Bohanon said.
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