Best game of the year. Reds win, 9-8.


Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Joey Votto.  The Irresistible Force picked up like he'd never been gone, going 4-5 with three runs, and only a double short of the cycle.  We missed you, big guy.  Honorable mentions go to Scott Rolen, Colby Rasmus, Jon Jay, and crolfer.  The streak's alive!

Key Plays

  • This game was a taut, back and forth affair right from the beginning.  The Reds quickly jumped on rookie P.J. Walters in the first inning with singles from Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto before Scott Rolen hit a three run homer.  Reds lead, 3-0.
  • Rolen wasn't the only player to stick it to his former team.  Felipe Lopez led off the Cardinals half of the first with a single and went to second on a wild pitch.  He tried to score on Albert Pujols's single, but was thrown out at the plate.  Good thing, because Matt Holliday singled and drove in Pujols, who had advanced to second, and then Colby Rasmus hit a home run.  Game tied, 3-3.
  • In the third inning, Votto and Rolen homered back to back.  Rolen had two hits and eight bases at that point.  Reds lead, 5-3.
  • The Reds nearly blew the game open in the fourth inning.  Jonny Gomes walked, and then Drew Stubbs and Ramon Hernandez both reached on infield hits.  The bases were loaded, but Johnny Cueto hit into a double play.  But the next batter, Orlando Cabrera, doubled and drove in Stubbs and Hernandez.  Reds lead, 7-3.
  • Jon Jay pulled one back for the Cardinals with a homer in the bottom of the fourth.  Reds lead, 7-4.
  • The Reds had the bases loaded in the fifth inning with two outs, but couldn't score.
  • Johnny Cueto went off the rails in the sixth inning.  Matt Holliday walked and went from first to third on Colby Rasmus's single.  David Freese singled, scoring Holliday and sending Rasmus to third.  Then Jon Jay singled, and Rasmus scored.  Enerio del Rosario, freshly up from Louisville, relieved Cueto and got Jason LaRue out on a sacrifice bunt and pinch hitter Aaron Miles flied out.  But Brendan Ryan doubled to left field, and Freese and Jay scored the tying and go-ahead runs.  Skip Schumaker reached on an infield hit, bringing Albert Pujols to the plate with two on and two out.  del Rosario induced a fly ball to right.  Cardinals lead, 8-7.
  • St. Louis's roster is lousy with former (lousy) Reds.  Dennys Reyes is one of them, and he came in to pitch the seventh.  Joey Votto and Jay Bruce greeted him with singles sandwiched around a Scott Rolen strikeout, then Jonny Gomes singled to right center to drive in Votto.  Bruce went to third on the hit.  Blake Hawksworth came in, and Drew Stubbs hit a sacrifice fly to score Bruce and give the Reds the lead again.  Reds lead, 9-8.
  • The Cardinals loaded the bases in the seventh, had two on in the eighth, and one on in the ninth, but the trio of Arthur Rhodes, Nick Massett, and Francisco Cordero - the Nasty-ish Boys - shut them out.

 

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via www.fangraphs.com


Other Notes

  • Cueto did not strike out a batter, the first time he has failed to do so in his career (72 starts).
  • Rolen has three multihomer games this season after none in the past three years.
  • Arthur Rhodes has a scoreless streak of 19 2/3 innings, tied with Jose Valverde for the longest current streak in the majors.
  • Enerio del Rosario earned his first career win.
  • The Reds are sole occupants of first place in the NL Central and will leave St. Louis with no less than a share of first.

  • Final - 6.1.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cincinnati Reds 3 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 0 9 14 0
    St. Louis Cardinals 3 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 8 15 1
    WP: Enerio Del Rosario (1 - 0)
    SV: Francisco Cordero (16)
    LP: Dennys Reyes (2 - 1)

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