Take comfort in your friends. Everybody loses . . . sometimes. Even to the Astros, 3-2.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

In a game full of mediocre offensive performances, Edgar Renteria went 3 for 3 with a walk in his four plate appearances.  Honorable mentions to the starters, who pitched pretty decent games.  Even the Astros bullpen somehow didn't allow a run, despite giving up four hits and a walk in under three innings.

Key Plays

  • The Astros struck early, opening with a Jason Bourgeois single.  He stole second and was bunted to third, then scored on a Hunter Pence groundout.
  • The Reds got that one back in the second when Jonny Gomes walked and, after a Jay Bruce K, scored on an Edgar Renteria double.  Juan Francisco grounded out, but the Astros intentionally walked Ryan Hanigan and then unintentionally walked Sam LeCure to load the bases.  Unfortunately, Drew Stubbs popped out to right to end the threat.  Tied at 1.
  • In the top of the fourth, Carlos Lee hit one to deep right center that Bruce didn't play so well.  After it bounced around a bit, Stubbs threw it in, but Francisco blew the tag and he was safe at third.  He then scored on a Wallace groundout.  Nothing much happened until...
  • The Reds tied it up on a Scott Rolen pinch hit HR in the seventh.
  • Nick Masset got into some trouble in the ninth, starting with a leadoff single.  He got two outs but then gave up a single and a double to score a run (note: by this point Heisey was in LF for Gomes, or else this would have almost certainly scored two).  Astros lead, 3-2.
  • Brandon Lyon got two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth, a Heisey flyout and a Stubbs groundout.  Brandon Phillips then singled back up the middle and Joey Votto got some sort of infield single to bring up Ramon Hernandez with two outs.
  • He grounded out.

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