Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Ramon Hernandez - Clutch-Man Monie was a triple short of the cycle with a walk and 4 RBI. Honorable mentions go to Joey Votto who was 3 for 4 with a triple, Gomes with 2 HR's and another walk.
Caption: Gomes nut-checks Mark Berry as a tribute to Josh Hamilton on Faith Day.
- First scoring of the game was in the 2nd by The Mohawked One hitting a 1-run homerun.
- Bottom of the 3rd, Stubbs hits a double; Joey Votto gets a hit and scores Stubbs.
- Leake had a quality start with only one bad inning in the 4th where he struck out the first batter. The next several batters resulted in the following: Walk, Walk, Single, Walk (Run Scores), Sac Fly (Run Scores), Strikeout (Inning Over). The walks didn't haunt too bad, thanks to decent defense and Leake getting his act together. At this point in the game, Leake looked like he'd only make it through 5 due to pitch count, but bore down and got the Quality Start.
- And the Reds blow it up in the bottom of the 5th. Cairo reaches base on an error (the only time he gets on base in 5 PA's). Votto singles again moving Cairo to 3rd. Gomes strikes out. Bruce is intentionally walked to get to the perenially struggling Juan Francisco. Francisco defies his three-outcome parameters and actually hits a single to score Votto. Next up, Clutch-Man-Monie does it again with a Grand Slam. The Reds offense was not done with the inning as Leake singled and Stubbs hit a 2-run homer.
- Votto led off the bottom of the 6th. I admired Votto's stats from my view-level seats and jokingly commented to my buddy that "Votto's good at everything except he sucks at hitting triples." Votto's superman hearing must have heard those doubts about his skills and he showed us by hitting one that bounced off the 404 sign on the centerfield wall. Gomes hits another HR to score himself and Votto. That would be the end of the action for the game.
- Francisco actually had a decent game with two hits. On the second hit, he limped his way to first (his muscle memory probably screwed him up as it was trying to walk back to the dugout).
- The bullpens for the Reds and Pirates pretty much shut it down for the 7th through the 9th innings. Reds loaded the bases with 2 outs for Janish who flew out in the Bottom of the 8th. Masset came in to close out the game and allowed one walk, but nothing else and this one belonged to the Reds.