Some days, you just walk everyone. Reds lose to the Astros, 4-3.

I'm pretty sure this pitch was a ball.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

On a day when nobody really excelled, Drew Stubbs had a pretty good game.  He went 2 for 5 with a HR and a SB.  Honorable mentions to Joey Votto (2 for 4 with a triple), Chris Heisey (a HR in 2 ABs), and Sam LeCure (2 scoreless innings, no hits, one walk).

Key Plays

  • Edinson Volquez didn't give up many hits--only 3 in 4 IP, in fact.  However, he walked 5 in that time.  This 2.0 WHIP resulted in 3 ER off of a single by Michael Bourn with the bases loaded and a Matt Downs sac fly.
  • Wandy Rodriguez went 7 innings and didn't walk anybody, but gave up a ton of hits.  These were pretty well scattered and only resulted in one run through the sixth: Votto hit a triple and scored on a Brandon Phillips groundout.  But then pinch hitter Chris Heisey and Drew Stubbs hit back to back solo HRs to chase Rodriguez and tie the game at 3.
  • Logan Ondrusek entered in the bottom of the seventh and made it interesting, giving up a two-out double to Hunter Pence (who, to be fair, probably only made it to second because Stubbs was a little too casual in fielding the ball).  After an intentional walk of Brett Wallace, Chris Johnson drew an unintentional walk to load the bases.  Matt Downs flied out to end the threat.  Still tied.
  • The Reds went very quietly in the eighth and ninth, and Nick Masset pitched a perfect eighth as well.  Mike Leake came in to pitch the ninth.  After getting a Bourn groundout, he walked J.R. Towles.  Hunter Pence worked a full count and sliced a double down the right field line.  Since Towles was running on the play, he scored easily.

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via www.fangraphs.com

Other Notes

  • No Reds batter drew a walk.
  • The Reds managed 10 hits, but only 5 starters had hits.  Edgar Renteria, Jay Bruce, and Paul Janish failed to reach base, except for an error that put Renteria on.  He managed not to get picked off, at least.
  • The Astros only had five hits but drew nine walks.  Every one of their starting position players reached base.
  • The streak of scoreless innings by Reds starters ended at 24.
  • The Reds finish their road trip 4-2.  Volquez started two of those games, and gave up 3 ER each time.  He won the first, though, since opposing pitcher Matt Garza gave up 5 ER.
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