Games like this make me want to go into the garage, play "Everybody Hurts," and suck on a shotgun. Reds lose, 5-1.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Felix Hernandez.  For the second game in a row, a Mariner pitched a complete game against the Reds.  Hernandez struck out nine and only walked one.  Honorable mentions go to Michael Saunders and Joey Votto.

Key Plays

  • In the third inning, Ichiro hit a solo home run.  It traveled a whopping 358 feet, leading one to believe that he could lead the league in homers, if he really wanted to.  Mariners lead, 1-0.
  • The Reds struck back in the fourth inning.  Joey Votto worked a one out walk, and then alertly tagged up and went to second on Scott Rolen's deep fly out to center field.  That extra base allowed Votto to score on Jonny Gomes's single.  Game tied, 1-1.
  • Felix Hernandez was unquestionably pitching a great game, but Sam LeCure was matching him inning for inning.  Until the sixth.  He got in trouble right away with a single from Jose Lopez and a double by Franklin Gutierrez.  Runners on second and third with no outs.  Time to bear down, rook!  Josh Wilson hit a tailing liner to first that Joey Votto snagged for the first out.  Despite his anemic .187 batting average, the Reds elected to walk Casey Kotchman to set up the force at any base.  Instead, Rob Johnson hit a sacrifice fly to center just before Michael Saunders hit a three run homer.  Game over.  Mariners win, 5-1.



Other Notes

  • The Reds are 1-5 in their last six games.
  • Orlando Cabrera had four hits in a game against the Giants on June 9.  Since then, he has four hits total.  In his last nine games, he has a .121 batting average, and a .167 OBP.
  • Jordan Smith pitched two innings of shutout relief, the third game in a row in which the bullpen has not allowed a run.  They've only given up one run in their last four games.
  • Is anyone else kinda tired of interleague games?



Final - 6.19.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Seattle Mariners 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 X 5 10 2
WP: Felix Hernandez (5 - 5)
LP: Sam LeCure (1 - 4)

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