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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Orlando Cabrera. The newly returned shortstop had two hits, including a double, and two RBI. Sure, some might say that Chris Carpenter, Matt Holliday, and maybe even Colby Rasmus had good games. But I take no notice. Enough other people will fawn over them. Here, they don't even get an honorable mention.
- After getting baserunners in three of the first four innings, but not scoring any runs, the Reds finally went ahead in the fifth. Drew Stubbs led off with a single off Chris Carpenter, and after Chris Heisey and Homer Bailey struck out, Brandon Phillips hit a double that sent Stubbs to third. Then Orlando Cabrera also doubled, and the Reds enjoyed a 2-0 lead.
- But not for long. Colby Rasmus double to lead off the bottom of the inning, and small balled his way home with productive outs - a fly out from Yadier Molina and a grounder from Pedro Feliz. Reds lead, 2-1.
- Homer Bailey worked into the sixth inning and got two quick outs. But then the pesky Jon Jay hit a double, extending the inning. Taking no chances with Albert Pujols, Bailey intentionally walked him, but Matt Holliday made him pay with a home run to dead center field. The Reds would never threaten after that, getting only one more hit the rest of the game. Cardinals win, 4-2.
- Chris Carpenter is the new Roy Oswalt. He has a ten game winning streak against the Reds dating back to 2006. Five of those wins came this year.
- The Cardinals finish the season series with a 12-6 advantage ("the Wainwright"). Five of those wins came from Chris Carpenter, and four came from Jaime Garcia. Brandon Phillips finished the season series with a .236 average against the Cards. Albert Pujols hit .317 against the Reds. Joey Votto hit .290 and Scott Rolen hit .262.
- This was the first time the Reds have lost one of Homer Bailey's starts since May 23 against Cleveland.
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|WP: Chris Carpenter (15 - 5)
SV: Ryan Franklin (24)
LP: Homer Bailey (3 - 3)