"There's a bomb shelter in there and the way [the Reds] swung the bats tonight, I was glad I was there," he said. "It was just one of those nights."Catcher David Ross and second baseman Brandon Phillips each hit two home runs and Josh Hamilton added one. The Reds finished with 16 hits. "It started bad and got worse," Hargrove added. Feierabend wasn't quite sure what hit him. He said the pregame hoopla over Griffey's return wasn't a factor. "I guess you could say so," he said when asked if that's about as bad as it gets. "They came to play tonight, hit the ball real well -- five or six home runs." The young lefty usually has excellent control, but he walked five during his 2 2/3-inning outing. "Basically, I was either not getting ahead in the count and when I was behind, I couldn't get back in the count or they were fouling off a lot of good pitches," he said. "I tried to expand the zone, the next thing I know it was 3-and-2 and ended up giving up a walk or throwing it over the middle of the plate." He also passed it off as "one of those nights" and will now prepare for his next start against the Red Sox. On a more positive note, center fielder Ichiro Suzuki singled in the fourth inning to extend his current hitting streak to 17 games. Seattle avoided a shutout in the fifth when Kenji Johjima walked, went to second on an infield out, to third on an error and scored on an infield out. The game was so out of hand that Griffey played only six innings, departing after his third consecutive strikeout. It was a night he won't soon forget. "It was more than I expected; a lot more than I expected," Griffey said. "Awesome. If you had to put it in one word, it was something that, to have that many people, to cheer that long cheer was pretty unbelievable." The cheering continued when he went into right field on defense. "Every time I went out there, I had to wave," he said. "I recognized some of the people that were there when I played. It was pretty nice to see everybody out. There were probably 10-to-15 people that I recognized from the Kingdome out in the outfield." Some of those same fans booed Conine, who replaced Junior. He politely tipped his cap.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.