CINCINNATI -- It took him 13 games and 48 at bats, but Giancarlo Stanton on Sunday finally drove in his first run of the season with an otherwise meaningless single in the ninth inning of a 10-6 win by the Reds. The slugger's response, which dripped with sarcasm: "Oh my gosh. Hallelujah."
It's been a horrific April for Stanton. Not only is he hitting just .188 with no home runs, but was charged with three fielding errors in the Cincinnati series, including one on Sunday.
"I probably could have batted left-handed and done the equivalent of what I've done so far this year until my last at-bat," Stanton said. "I could not play worse if I tried."
His ego bruised after being lifted for a pinch-runner on Saturday, Miguel Olivo challenged Rob Brantly to a foot race before Sunday's game -- and won. Brantly was sent in to run for Olivo the day before.
"It surprised me a little bit," Olivo said of being replaced by Brantly after he singled in Saturday's 10th inning.
On Sunday, Olivo challenged Brantly to a race on the field at Great American Ball Park.
"I told him if he beat me, I'd give him $1,000," Olivo said. "But I beat you, you take care of all the luggage for everybody in the hotel. And he will. He will carry the luggage for the whole team."
Olivo didn't just beat Brantly once in a race that was about 90 feet in distance. He beat him once more for good measure. The result: Brantly will have to carry each player's suitcase to his room when the team gets to Minneapolis later tonight.
[UPDATED: Brantly paid up on the wager. And here's the photo to prove it]