Friday, September 20, 2002
Greatest Stadium Moments Countdown
No. 8: Game 2, 1990 World Series
By John Erardi email@example.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Joe Oliver and Billy Bates are inseparable in Reds history.
Throw those two names at Reds fans - even quasi-casual ones - and their minds will flip back automatically to Game 2 of the 1990 World Series.
Batesie, get ready! ordered Reds manager Lou Piniella in the bottom of the 10th. Bates, 5 feet 8, 165 pounds, had yet to have a hit for the Reds (0-for-8), being a late-season callup who made the postseason roster only because Billy Doran was hurt.
Counseled Reds batting coach Tony Perez: Put the ball in play, and run like hell!
Oakland's Dennis Eckersley quickly got Bates down 0-and-2, but Bates chopped a third straight strike - and ran like hell. Hard-charging third baseman Carney Lansford could only swipe at it.
Oliver ripped a pitch down the third-base line and Bates scampered home for a 5-4 victory.
I've dreamed about this sort of thing, Oliver said. Reality is a lot more exciting. This isn't dreamland, although it feels sort of like it.
Here's what's also worth recalling:
Reds relievers worked 7 1/3 scoreless innings after starter Danny Jackson was pulled. Scott Scudder and Jack Armstrong were spectacular, as were Norm Charlton and Rob Dibble, who got the win.
Billy Hatcher's seventh consecutive hit, a World Series record, was a doozie - a triple off Jose Canseco's glove in right-center to lead off the eighth.
This was also the night of the Tom Browning All Points Bulletin. Browning left the park for the hospital when he was told his wife was in labor. Piniella, realizing he might need the Game 3 starter to work some extra-innings relief, had Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman put out an APB on the radio.
That had a happy ending, too: Tucker Thomas Browning, 6 pounds, 10 ounces, was born that night.
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