Sunday, September 22, 2002
Game 2: Phillies 5, Reds 4
Graves gets roughed-up early
By John Erardi firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cincinnati Enquirer
The white elephant known as Cinergy Field isn't going gently. It took 11 innings for the penultimate Reds game at the 33-year-old stadium to be decided.
The Phillies' Tomas Perez led off the last inning with a solo home run off Joey Hamilton, giving the Reds a 5-4 loss.
That was the result, but it wasn't the story.
Reds starter Danny Graves was. The converted closer lived up to the bromide about high-end starting pitchers: You have to get to them early if you're going to get to them at all.
Unfortunately for Graves, he was on the wrong end of the bromide.
They got him early.
The Phillies scored three first-inning runs. It was the first time Graves had been knocked around in three consecutive starts.
Now I know why starters talk about that first inning, Graves said. My pitches were up; breaking balls were up. It was like I was still warming up.
The Reds' Ruben Mateo tied the game at 4 with a solo homer in the eighth. He twisted his ankle on the swing and still hit the ball 417 feet.
The lone run Graves gave up in his final inning - the fifth - was the one that hurt most. The Reds had tied the score with three runs (Juan Castro's two-run double, Todd Walker's RBI double) just before Graves untied it by allowing Bobby Abreu's RBI single.
We're due, Graves said. Hopefully, we can finish off Cinergy Field with a win.
Fans received miniature replicas of Cinergy Field, which hosts its final Reds game today.
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