Hi there, SoSG readers. I'm Nick Masset, and the fine folks over at SoSG have asked me to write tonight's Post-Game Thread. You may not know me, since I've been on three teams in four years, and I've only pitched around 150 innings with a 4.38 career ERA. But my coach, Dusty Baker, broke a toothpick in two when Bronson Arroyo loaded the bases in the sixth, so he put me in. To face Manny Ramirez as a pinch hitter. At home. On his own bobblehead night. With a sellout crowd going nuts.
And sure enough, Manny drilled the first pitch into the left field stands just inside the pole (which they call "Mannywood"), hitting a grand slam home run. What was a 2-2 game became a 6-2 game, before I could even break a sweat. And that's it, the Dodgers coast to a victory. And not only do we get swept, but this makes 12 straight games that we've lost here at Dodger Stadium. I mean, SoSG Sax has a friend who is a Reds fan, but he won't even email to say hi, he's so embarrassed at this stage.
I don't know if you can blame me for one bad pitch, but we are a woeful Reds team. We came in three games under .500 and leave six games under .500. And you get a day off before facing the Marlins this weekend. Don't you guys know anything about hospitality?
UPDATE: Manny's 21st GS is second all-time; this was his first pinch hit home run in his career. Wow. ESPN recap here.