Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Orlando Cabrera. The Old Man and the SSea has been hot with the bat lately, and hit three doubles today. He scored after each one. Sure, his range ain't great, but he's still contributing to the team's winning ways. Honorable mentions go to Jonny Gomes, Drew Stubbs, Jay Bruce (for a highlight reel catch), and Kelly Johnson.
- The Reds came out of the gate strong in the first inning, though it was the supporting players that were providing the offense. Orlando Cabrera hit a one double, and after Joey Votto grounded out, Jonny Gomes tripled. Miguel Cairo hit a ball that bounced out of center fielder Chris Young's glove. Gomes scored and Cairo ended up on second after he swiped the bag. Then Drew Stubbs hit a mammoth blast into the left field upper deck. Willie Bloomquist singled in his first at-bat as a Red. Reds lead, 4-0.
- In the second inning, Cabrera doubled again off of Joe Saunders. This time, Joey Votto drove him in with a single. Reds lead, 5-0.
- Homer Bailey looked out of sorts all night, but it took the Diamondbacks until the third inning to get to him. Kelly Johnson led off with a single, and Bailey walked Chris Young. Mark Reynolds got an infield hit to shortstop to load the bases after Adam LaRoche flied out on a great catch by Jonny Gomes. But Miguel Montero doubled, and Johnson and Young scored. Brandon Allen grounded out, which was enough to score Reynolds. Bailey then intentionally walked Gerardo Parra and struck out Joe Saunders. The inning was over, but Dusty had seen all he needed to and yanked Bailey. Reds lead, 5-3.
- Kelly Johnson homered off of Matt Maloney in the seventh inning. Reds lead, 5-4.
- The feeling was that the Reds needed more runs to ensure that Francisco Cordero couldn't blow it. The trouble was that Joe Saunders had been dominant since the second inning. Coincidentally, Orlando Cabrera hadn't doubled since the second inning, and he set about to fixing that in the eighth. After a leadoff double for Cabrera, Joey Votto moved him to third with a groundout. Then Jonny Gomes singled and earned himself another RBI. Esmerling Vasquez relieved Saunders, but then was victimized as one of his outfielders (Rusty Ryal, this time) dropped a fly ball from Miguel Cairo. Runners were on second and third, so Vasquez intentionally walked Drew Stubbs to bring up the pitcher's spot. Yonder Alonso hit, but flew out. Then Vasquez hit Ryan Hanigan to force in Gomes. Jay Bruce struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning, unable to add to the lead. Reds lead, 7-4.
- As it turns out, the Reds did need those insurance runs. Francisco Cordero gave up lead off singles to pinch hitter Tony Abreu and Stephen Drew. Kelly Johnson grounded into a force out, putting runners on the corners, and Chris Young's groundout scored Abreu. Adam LaRoche then hit a high fly ball down the right field line that would have tied the game, but Jay Bruce came sprinting over, leapt, and made the catch over the wall. An amazing ending to the game, and quite possibly the play of the year. Reds win, 7-5.
- Homer Bailey only lasted three innings and needed 83 pitches to do it. He gave up four hits and walked five. And yet, he still had five strikeouts. All the Reds fans who criticized Adam Dunn for his propensity to strike out (or Drew Stubbs for that matter) should thank their lucky stars they weren't born in the Phoenix area. It's insane how much the D'Backs strike out.
- It was reported that Homer Bailey left the game with dizziness.
- Francisco Cordero nearly blew his third save in a row. Instead, he moved into a tie with Rod Beck for the 24th most saves of all time. He needs three more to catch Armando Benitez. Will he do it this season?
- Cordero's 36 saves are the second most he's had for the Reds in a season. The three saves he needs to catch Benitez would also allow him to equal the 39 he had last year.
- Orlando Cabrera has hit safely in each of his eight games since returning from the DL. He's batting .412 in that span and slugging .706 with seven doubles and eight runs scored.
- Willie Bloomquist needs two more hits to match Jim Edmonds's contributions to the 2010 Reds.
- Aroldis Chapman still has not allowed an earned run.
- The Cardinals lost tonight as the Cubs completed their sweep in St. Louis against Jaime Garcia, Adam Wainwright, and Chris Carpenter. If you can get lower than that as a Cardinals fan, I'd hate to see how. The Reds magic number is now 10.
- Speaking of the Cardinals, the Reds got their 83rd win of the season tonight - the same number of games St. Louis won in 2006 when they went on to win the World Series.
|Final - 9.15.2010||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|WP: Matt Maloney (1 - 2)
SV: Francisco Cordero (36)
LP: Joe Saunders (2 - 6)