Reds’ Janish beats his hometown team
Janish drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning with his third double, leading the
“I was kidding around with some of their guys before the game about it being televised in Houston,” said Janish, who was born and still lives in Houston and went to Rice University. “I said, ‘I’ve got to do something.’ It’s good playing in front of the home fans.”
Houston reliever Sammy Gervachio (1-1) opened the seventh by hitting
Janish improved to 6 for 13 over his last three games after a 2-for-32 slump, prompting manager Dusty Baker to give him a rest last Saturday in Chicago.
“I think the day off helped him gather his thoughts,” Baker said.
Janish, given first crack at the shortstop job after
“She usually brings some hits with her,” he said. “(The slump) was on my mind, but it’s not something you worry about. I was kind of in a funk, and it helped mentally. I just want to keep playing every day and finish strong.”
“We started out well against Wells, but we didn’t do a whole lot after the first inning,” Houston manager Cecil Cooper said. “He started to go with his off-speed stuff. Sometimes, guys figure it out.”
Wells got himself immediately into trouble by walking Bourn on four pitches to lead off the game. Bourn, who entered leading the National League with 55 stolen bases, swiped second and scored on Kaz Matsui’s lined single to center field.
Matsui stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a single by
“They were running crazy,” Baker said. “Every stolen base ended up scoring. Kip was a little shaky, but he settled down big time. He found his command.”
Stubbs led off the bottom of the first by hitting the first pitch he’d ever seen from Oswalt into the lower deck in left field for the rookie’s sixth home run since being called up on Aug 19. Two pitches later, Janish doubled to deep right-center and later scored on
Matsui led off the third inning with his sixth homer of the season and first in 139 at-bats since Aug. 3 against San Francisco.
“The last curveball in the fifth, my back tightened a little,” Oswalt said. “I tried to get through the heart of the order in the sixth, but I didn’t have enough. I’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”
Janish became the first