At this point, winning is such a given that I'm going to share with you that 5,318,008, when written in your calculator and turned upside down spells "BOOBIES." Reds win, 8-2.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Brandon Phillips.  Dem Franchise Boy went 2-2 with a walk, a stolen base and three runs scored before leaving the game after a hard, headfirst slide into home.  Honorable mentions go to Mike Leake and Jordan Smith.

Key Plays

  • Brandon Phillips got things started in the first inning with a one single, then stole second.  Joey Votto walked, and Scott Rolen singled to drive in Phillips.  J.A. Happ then hopped on the trend of walking Jonny Gomes, but started a new trend of walking Chris Heisey.  RBI for Ecto, as the free base forced in Votto.  Ramon Hernandez grounded into a force play, but it was enough to drive in Rolen.  Reds lead, 3-0.
  • Three runs was all the Reds would need, but they decided to score more runs anyway.  Sure, it seems like piling on, but it's really just making it look like they aren't outperforming their Pythagorean expectations.  Scoring more runs is actually humble.  Anyway, they got right back to it in the second inning.  Drew Stubbs had the one out single this time, and Phillips singled.  Joey Votto singled to load the bases, then Happ did the rest by walking Gomes (again!) and hitting Heisey with a pitch.  Reds lead, 5-0.
  • In the fourth inning, Brandon Phillips got on base again via single.  Joey Votto then got the only extra base hit of the game for the Reds with a double.  Phillips slid hard into home and was safe, but would later lead the game.  Jonny Gomes flew out, but advanced Votto to third, and Heisey picked up his third RBI of the game legitimately, with a single.  Reds lead, 7-0.
  • Mike Leake was pitching quite well in this game, but ran into a spot of bother in the fifth.  He hit Chris "Cop Speed" Johnson, gave up a double to Michael "Still" Bourn, and a two-run single to Angel "Dust" Hernandez.  Reds lead, 7-2.
  • The Astros made a pitching change in the bottom of the fifth, going to their stable of silly-named Rodriguezes and landing on Aneury.  Mike Leake realized it was gig time, but couldn't decide what t-shirt he was gonna wear.  Can't decide.  Can't decide.  Brain Aneury-sm!  By which I mean he got a bunt single to the pitcher.  Drew Stubbs singled and Leake went from first to third.  Shame on all of you who said he should start in AAA!  Replacement batter Miguel Cairo hit a sacrifice fly, and Leake scored the game's final run.  Reds win, 8-2.

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via www.fangraphs.com


Other Notes

  • The Reds have walked 18 times this season.  Seven of those belong to Jonny Gomes.
  • The last time the Reds started a season 4-0, it was 1990.  Coincidentally, they finished that season 4-0 too.
  • The Phillies lost, so the Reds are the only unbeaten team in the National League.  They've scored 31 runs, the most in the NL, and only one behind the Rangers.

 


 

Final - 4.5.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston Astros 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
Cincinnati Reds 3 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 X 8 10 0
WP: Mike Leake (1 - 0)
LP: J.A. Happ (0 - 1)

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