Saturday, September 21, 2013

Recapping Friday's thrilling win in poetry form


by: Dan Howard
Staff Writer

With humble apologies to Ernest Thayer, the original author of “Casey at the Bat," here is my revised edition to recap Friday's thrilling win:

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Cincinnati nine on Friday night; Pittsburgh fans were yelling, singing and dancing with all their might, The score stood 5 to 2 with the ninth inning yet to play; I sulked in my chair and moaned “we let this one get away."

The crowd at PNC Park rose to its feet; Sensing the fate, the Reds would soon meet. Mark Melancon on the mound replacing Francisco Liriano; Pirate fans demonstrated more, confident the foe was done for.

When Joey Votto fanned, my sulking turned to fright; Then Ryan Ludwick ripped a sharp single to right, All hope seemed lost, our tears nearly let loose; When the Bucs defense retired Jay Bruce.

It is at moments of absolute despair, that fear can be beat; Jordy Mercer just threw Todd Frazier’s grounder into the seats; Cincinnati trailed 5 to 3 two outs let’s keep doing our part, Frazier was hugging third after a single by Zack Cozart.

Cozart was replaced at first by speedy Billy Hamilton; Behind the plate was Pirate gunslinger Russell Martin; All eyes were fixed on this classic showdown; Neither man would dare try to back down.

When the dust had settled, and the smoke disappeared; Cincy had two in scoring position, the Reds team cheered; The momentum had shifted, the winds of change did blow; Walking up to the plate, our catcher Devin Mesoraco.

Devin battled and fought through the evening’s haze; Fouling pitch after pitch to the hurler’s dismay; Then with one swing all Steel Town groaned; For Mesoraco had brought both runners home.

The game now tied the Reds still fought on; Knowing the battle was there to be won; The go ahead run almost scored by a whisker; If only Shin-Soo Choo was a little bit swifter.

The bottom of the ninth the Reds brought in J.J. Hoover; Pittsburgh went down quietly, their bats getting lot cooler; Leading off the top of the tenth was Joey Votto; With Ryan Ludwick and Jay Bruce soon to follow.

Kyle Farnsworth climbed atop the pitcher’s mound; Stunned, the Pittsburgh fans uttered not a sound; On the third pitch Votto’s bat sprang to life; Drove the sphere over the wall, Reds lead 6 to 5.

The Pirates tenth the Reds brought in Aroldis Chapman; To end this game quickly, that was the plan; Neil Walker flied out to center fielder Billy Hamilton; When Andrew McCutchen flied out, Pittsburgh was glum.

Somewhere in this beautiful land the sun is shining bright; Music plays somewhere and somewhere hearts are light; And somewhere people are laughing, and their children shout; But there is no joy in Pittsburgh – Gaby Sanchez has struck out!

Dan Howard

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