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Dunn rips one-hop homer off OF's glove as Reds win on frigid day

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CINCINNATI -- Blame it on the wintery wind.

Adam Dunn's wind-blown fly ball deflected off Xavier Nady's glove and cleared the wall for a two-run homer Saturday, a goofy play that set the tone for the Cincinnati Reds' 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in body-numbing conditions.

"You see strange things happen in this kind of weather," Pirates manager Jim Tracy said.

The game was switched to an afternoon start instead of a nighttime first pitch because of the cold. Fans were bundled in parkas and Bengals blankets, and the thump of gloves slapping in unison filled the ballpark whenever the Reds got a hit.

Let It Snow played over the public address system when flurries started in the second inning.

It was 30 degrees at the first pitch -- colder than the kickoff for any Bengals home game last season -- and fly balls cavorted with gusting winds that reached 25 mph.

"Miserable," summed up Dunn, a Texan who hates cold weather.

No one was more miserable than Nady, a California native who did everything except close his glove on the fly ball that changed the game.

Dunn hit a high fly in the first inning off Tony Armas (0-1), sending Nady drifting back toward the wall. He got to the right spot and reached with his glove about a foot in front of the wall.

His aim was perfect: The ball landed right in the pocket. Unfortunately, it shot right out before he could close the glove, then cleared the wall and landed in the lap of a gray-coated fan who hadn't even bothered to stand up.

"I couldn't believe it hit right in the middle and just shot right out," Nady said. "It kept drifting. That's no excuse. It was still there right in the middle of my glove. I've got to make that play."

Nady yanked off his glove, dropped his head and put his hands on his hips in disbelief while Dunn rounded the bases. Dunn broke into a smile when he reached the dugout and was congratulated by teammates.

"The wind took it a lot farther than I thought it would," Dunn said of his third homer. "I owe him some beers. It doesn't happen every day."

Those need to be cold beers, of course.

The homer was estimated at 369 feet -- an accurate guess, since the ball cleared the wall by the 370-foot marker.

It wasn't quite as bad as Jose Canseco allowing a fly ball to bounce off his head and clear the wall for a homer in Cleveland, but it got the Reds going on a day when the biting wind made it tough to throw or catch the ball.

Blowing into his cupped right hand between pitches, Aaron Harang (2-0) persevered for 5 2/3 innings to get the victory. David Weathers pitched the ninth for his second save in as many chances.

Edwin Encarnacion had three hits, including a bases-loaded single, as the Reds improved to 4-1 in conditions that tested the players' creativity as well as their durability. Late in the game, players would run into the dugout to warm themselves by heaters for a few precious seconds during pitching changes.

"We're doing it like the old penguin march -- huddle together and march for miles," Dunn said. "I've never experienced this kind of cold. It's horrible. I can't describe how hard it is. I don't know how pitchers do it."

The wind made everything worse.

Shortstop Jack Wilson also failed to catch Brandon Phillips' wind-blown fly into shallow left field in the fourth inning, helping the Reds load the bases. Encarnacion's two-run single put Cincinnati up 6-5.

Armas, signed as a free agent in the offseason, gave up eight hits and six runs in four innings of his Pirates debut. He walked five, and the Reds stole four bases off of him.

Harang gave up an RBI double and solo homer by Adam LaRoche. Armas also had a run-scoring single off Harang, who turned a 6-5 lead over to a bullpen that hasn't been charged with a run this season.

"On my windup, after I've just blown on my hands, it's not so bad," Harang said. "But in the stretch, when my arm's hanging there, that's when it gets slick. All you can do is pitch to the elements and do what you can do."

Notes

  • All the Pirates will wear No. 42 on April 15, honoring the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier. Major League Baseball gave Ken Griffey Jr. permission to wear the retired number on that day, and invited players from other teams to do the same. The Dodgers also will have every player wear No. 42.
  • The coldest kickoff for a Bengals home game last season was 42 degrees on Nov. 12 against San Diego.
  • Armas drove in one run last season, when he went 3-for-50.
  • Dunn is the only Red who has hit safely in all five games.
 
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Adam Dunn's odd home run gives Ken Griffey Jr. and Reds fans reason to smile on a bitterly cold day.  (AP)
Adam Dunn's odd home run gives Ken Griffey Jr. and Reds fans reason to smile on a bitterly cold day. (AP)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

A. LaRoche
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Cincinnati

A. Dunn
AB 2
R 3
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
Chris Duffy, CF5120000 .261
Jack Wilson, SS4000013 .333
Jason Bay, LF4010021 .190
Adam LaRoche, 1B4222011 .158
Xavier Nady, RF3011020 .278
    Shawn Chacon, P0000000 .000
    Jonah Bayliss, P0000000 .000
    Juan Perez, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Doumit, PH1000010 .000
    Damaso Marte, P0000000 .000
Jose Bautista, 3B4000001 .350
Don Kelly, 2B3100100 .000
Humberto Cota, C4121010 .500
Tony Armas, P2011000 .500
    Nate McLouth, RF2000021 .250
Totals36595110  
a-struck out for J. Perez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adam LaRoche (1, Harang), Xavier Nady (2, Harang), Humberto Cota (1, Harang)
HR - Adam LaRoche (1, Harang)
RBI - Adam LaRoche 2 (2), Xavier Nady (4), Humberto Cota (1), Tony Armas (1)
2-OUT RBI - Adam LaRoche (1), Xavier Nady (4), Humberto Cota (1), Tony Armas (1)
SB - Chris Duffy (1, 2nd base off Harang/Valentin)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Kelly-J. Wilson-LaRoche
Pittsburgh Pirates
Tony Armas (L,0-1) 4866521 13.50
Shawn Chacon 2211240 2.25
Jonah Bayliss 0.2000100 0.00
Juan Perez 0.1000000 0.00
Damaso Marte 1100120 0.00
IBB - Valentin by Tony Armas, Griffey by Shawn Chacon
WP - Juan Perez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tony Armas 89-48, Shawn Chacon 42-25, Jonah Bayliss 18-8, Juan Perez 3-1, Damaso Marte 26-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tony Armas 3-6, Shawn Chacon 1-1, Jonah Bayliss 1-1, Juan Perez 1-0, Damaso Marte 1-0
Batters Faced - Tony Armas 24, Shawn Chacon 10, Jonah Bayliss 3, Juan Perez 1, Damaso Marte 5
Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, CF4220111 .278
Adam Dunn, LF2312301 .353
Brandon Phillips, 2B4111011 .167
Ken Griffey Jr., RF3000211 .250
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B4132112 .375
Scott Hatteberg, 1B3011102 .273
   a- Jeff Conine, PH-1B1010000 .400
Alex Gonzalez, SS5021035 .375
Javier Valentin, C3000103 .143
    Kirk Saarloos, P0000000 .000
    David Weathers, P0000000 .000
Aaron Harang, P3000013 .000
    Jon Coutlangus, P0000000 .000
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Rheal Cormier, P0000000 .000
   b- Chad Moeller, PH-C1000000 .000
Totals33711798  
a-doubled for Hatteberg in the 8th
b-grounded out for Cormier in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jeff Conine (1, Marte), Alex Gonzalez (1, Chacon)
HR - Adam Dunn (3, Armas)
SF - Brandon Phillips (1)
RBI - Adam Dunn 2 (6), Brandon Phillips (2), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (3), Scott Hatteberg (4), Alex Gonzalez (2)
2-OUT RBI - Scott Hatteberg (1), Alex Gonzalez (1)
SB - Ryan Freel 2 (4, 2nd base off Armas/Cota, 3rd base off Armas/Cota), Adam Dunn 2 (2, 2nd base off Armas/Cota, 2nd base off Chacon/Cota), Edwin Encarnacion (1, 2nd base off Armas/Cota)
Team LOB - 12
Cincinnati Reds
Aaron Harang (W,2-0) 5.2855161 3.55
Jon Coutlangus (H,1) 0.2000010 0.00
Todd Coffey (H,2) 0.1100000 0.00
Rheal Cormier (H,2) 0.1000010 0.00
Kirk Saarloos (H,2) 1000010 0.00
David Weathers (S,2) 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 103-73, Jon Coutlangus 6-4, Todd Coffey 13-8, Rheal Cormier 4-3, Kirk Saarloos 13-8, David Weathers 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 8-3, Jon Coutlangus 1-0, Todd Coffey 1-0, Kirk Saarloos 2-0, David Weathers 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 26, Jon Coutlangus 2, Todd Coffey 2, Rheal Cormier 1, Kirk Saarloos 3, David Weathers 3
Game Information
Attendance - 15825
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 30
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Mike Reilly