The REDS have a knack for winning close games. Losses are always tough, but it's been said that it seems easier to take a beating than a 1-run loss. A 1-run game & an extra inninng game seem to put the diehard fan on edge... whether the REDS are trying to protect a 1R lead, trying to score when down 1R or battling in extra innings. A 10-1 win is taken anytime and enjoyable. A 3-2 win makes you pump that fist an extra time and perhaps let out a "YEAH" when the last out is recorded.
The REDS have given us more ups than downs this year and in the recent past in this regard as the following shows:
2006: 4-1 (17G)
Last 3+ Yr: 79-59 (.572)
Ex. Inning Games
2006: 0-0 (17G)
Last 3+ Yr: 32-14 (.696)
* The REDS have not played extras yet this year. Last year they didn't go into extra innings until May 9... their 31st game. The REDS lost to the Padres 6-5 in 13 innings in that game. Danny Graves blew a save (4 runs in the 9th ; Harang: 8IP, 3H, 1R). The winning pitcher for the Padres that day? Chris Hammond.