Brad Hand

Hand's scoreless streak ends in weird way vs. Reds

Hand's scoreless streak ends in weird way vs. Reds

Brad Hand already stretched when the bullpen phone first rang in the seventh inning. Kirby Yates had already walked a Reds player with one out and hit another. Joey Votto, in the midst of 14-game hitting streak, was walking into the batter’s box.

After four pitches to Votto – and a handful of Hand warm-ups in the bullpen – the count was even when the phone rang again. The gate opened. Yates headed to the dugout as Hand jogged toward the mound.

There, with the Padres clinging to a 3-2 lead, manager Andy Green got right to the point:

“Well, this is new. Go get him.”

The Padres’ unflappable All-Star shrugged.

Then Hand buckled.

At last, he...

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