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Jeff Pearlman
August 21, 2000
August 11, 2000 Reds 6, Cubs 4
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August 21, 2000

In The Box

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August 11, 2000
Reds 6, Cubs 4

If Cincinnati ends up edging St. Louis by one game in the National League Central, the Cardinals won't have just the Reds' big boppers—Ken Griffey Jr., Dante Bichette and Barry Larkin—to blame. They'll also look back on a bum knee and an unfortunate afternoon of Rain.

Chicago starter Kevin Tapani cruised through seven innings against Cincinnati on Aug. 11, allowing no runs on four hits while striking out five. After Alex Ochoa and Chris Stynes singled off Tapani to open the eighth, however, Cubs manager Don Baylor, concerned about Tapani's strained right knee, removed him with a 4-0 lead. In came righthanded reliever Steve Rain, who gave up a three-run homer to Griffey, a single to Sean Casey and back-to-back homers to Dmitri Young and Pokey Reese. "I don't think the splitter was sharp today," said a dejected Rain, who was soaked for four runs on four hits. "Right now I don't want to face the guys. I want to get out of here."

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