Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Micah Owings. This is a bit misleading, since it was very much a team effort to win this game, and several players came through in big ways. I'm giving it to Micah because there won't be too many times when a long reliever is named star of the game, but Owings pitched two scoreless innings and only allowed one harmless baserunner. He struck out three and earned his second win of the season. Honorable mentions go to Joey Votto, Jonny Gomes, Ryan Hanigan, and Francisco Cordero.
- Once again, the Reds got off to an uncharacteristically quick start. In the second inning, Brandon Phillips doubled and Scott Rolen drew a walk. Jonny Gomes blasted a no doubter into left field, where some lucky vagrant they pay to clean up the stadium will someday find a nice souvenir. Jay Bruce then hit what appeared to be the second half of back to back home runs, but an instant replay review overturned the call and declared it was foul. Bruce singled instead, but was erased on a double play ball. The run that wasn't would later loom large. Reds lead, 3-0.
- In the bottom of the inning, Ronny Paulino drew a two out walk, and Professional Reds Killer Cody Ross hit a double to bring him in. Reds lead, 3-1.
- Perhaps growing tired of hearing that he can't get RBI, Ryan Hanigan hit a three run homer with two outs in the fourth inning, after Scott Rolen reached on an error and Gomes was hit by a pitch. Taking advantage of other team's mistakes is the hallmark of a winning team, so it's nice to see the Reds doing that. Reds lead, 6-1.
- Arroyo was cruising, and it looked like the Reds were going to win in a laffer. However, in an attempt to protect his teammate, Bronson hit Cody Ross to lead off the fifth inning to retaliate for Gomes's beaning. Things swiftly unraveled. Gaby Sanchez followed with a double and Ross scored on Mike Lamb's grounder. One out later, Cameron Maybin singled to score Sanchez, and Hanley Ramirez doubled to drive in Maybin. Former Red Jorge Cantu singled before Dan Uggla mercifully popped out. Four runs had scored, and the Marlins were right back in it. Reds lead, 6-5.
- Flash forward to the eighth inning, where Votto led off with a double off Jose Veras. Brandon Phillips then did the same, and Jonny Gomes hit a single to get his 4th RBI of the game. Reds lead, 8-5 with victory in sight.
- With a three run lead, it seemed like a good time to get Logan Ondrusek some work and be the bridge to the ninth inning. Not so. Ramirez led off with a single, but strikeouts of Cantu and Uggla seemed like the Reds would make it through unscathed. However, Ronny Paulino drew a walk and Cody Ross homered to get his 4th RBI of the game. Tie game, and we were headed to extras.
- The eleventh inning rolled around and the tension was mounting. Ryan Hanigan got his second hit of the night to start things off, and Chris Dickerson came in to run for him. Laynce Nix sacrificed him to second, and Drew Stubbs walked. After failing to advance on Orlando Cabrera's drive when Chris Coghlan made a nice catch, Dickerson finally came around to score on Joey Votto's hit up the middle. Brandon Phillips also singled to score Stubbs, and the Reds had taken the lead, 10-8. Phillips had four hits in easily his best game of the season.
- Francisco Cordero came in to close out the game, retiring the Marlins in order and recording his NL leading 4th save. The Reds have won the first two games of what's been a very entertaining series.
- Jorge Cantu continued his streak of getting a hit and an RBI in every game. He's the first player since 1921 to collect one of each in his first eight games of the season. George Kelly of the New York Giants was the last to perform that feat.
- Cordero has pitched in six of the last seven games.
- Actual attendance at SunLife Stadium was estimated to be about 2,500.
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|WP: Micah Owings (2 - 0)
SV: Francisco Cordero (4)
LP: Dan Meyer (0 - 1)