Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Player of the Game
Homer Bailey. I mean, come on! He pitched six shutout innings, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out four. An honorable mention goes to Miguel Cairo, whose HR scored the only two Reds runs of the day.
- In his first AB, Joey Votto complained about a called strike two and was ejected. Drew Stubbs replaced him (playing CF, with Jim Edmonds moving to first) and doubled. He was stranded at second.
- In the fourth, Jonny Gomes reached on an error and then Edmonds hit one deep to center that was almost certainly out of the park...until Emilio Bonifacio climbed the wall to catch it.
- Pretty much nothing happened until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Gomes walked and Cairo hit a two out HR.
- Logan Ondrusek came in to pitch for Homer Bailey in the seventh and promptly gave up two singles. After a foulout and a strikeout, he walked Ronny Paulino to load the bases. Thankfully, he struck out Chad Tracy to end the threat. Reds still up 2-0.
- Paul Janish singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh and Dusty put Mike Leake in to hit for Ondrusek. He struck out. Somehow the brilliant strategy didn't pay off as Brandon Phillips grounded out and Jay Bruce struck out to end the inning with Janish on second.
- In the eighth inning, Jim Edmonds actually got a hit! A double off of the left field wall, even. He didn't score, but the Reds remained ahead by two.
- After a combined eight shutout innings from Homer Bailey,Logan Ondrusek, and Nick Masset, Francisco Cordero came in to pitch the ninth. He gave up a leadoff double to Mike Stanton. A Wes Helms groundout moved Stanton to third. Cordero then struck out Bonifacio (strike three was a 97 MPH fastball) and had a 0-2 count on Cody Ross before walking him. He eventually struck out pinch hitter Donnie Murphy to end the game. Reds win!
Orlando Cabrera apparently served as a bat boy today. He wore a jersey with BB on the back in place of his usual number.
- Every Reds starting position player except Votto reached base exactly once. Well, okay, if you include the error, Gomes reached twice.
- Mike Stanton killed Reds pitching this series, going 6 for 12 with two doubles and two HRs.