I think everyone in the ballpark, and the broadcast booth, felt fortunate that Wednesday night’s game was a) played, b) played on time and c) played without interruption. It was an ominous afternoon sky, and it appeared we might have a "banana phone" type of night, but we dodged the bullet.
As for the game itself, it was nice to see a total team effort. It took most of the 25-man roster to beat Washington, 9-6. The hitters bailed out the pitchers, who have more than held up their end of the bargain this season.
Scott Hatteberg had the big two-run double in the eighth inning. He hit it off left-hander Mike Stanton. Even though Hatteberg’s been mostly a platoon player this year (playing mostly against right-handers), he came to the plate in the eighth hitting .385 versus left-handers. He’s quietly helped make this a better team. He has good at-bats, sees a lot of pitches, has a high on-base percentage and plays good defense.
Bronson Arroyo will try for his sixth win of the year tonight. Washington counters with Cincinnati native Zach Day. By the way, we enjoyed Bronson’s debut as a sports anchor on Local12 with Brad Johansen Wednesday. Arroyo did a nice job delivering the 6 p.m. sports report.