At this point, only the Covington Highway Patrol thinks Brandon Phillips is fast. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Jay Bruce. Bruce sat out yesterday with the sniffles, but was hale and hearty in this game. He went 3-4 with two home runs. Unfortunately, everybody else played like they had a head cold, and once again the Reds lost to the Pirates. Honorable mentions go to Chris Heisey (a hit, a walk, and a run) and Bill Bray (pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts).
- The Reds had a chance in the first inning. Chris Heisey singled, and then Edgar Renteria lined a ball out to centerfield. Heisey thought Andrew McCutchen had no chance and was sprinting to third when McCutchen dove and caught the ball at full stretch. A simple throw to first and the double play was completed. Joey Votto walked, but Brandon Phillips flew out to end any threat.
- Jay Bruce homered off of James McDonald to lead off the second inning. Reds lead, 1-0.
- Johnny Cueto was pitching well, but ran into trouble in the fifth inning. After striking out the first two batters, Andrew McCutchen doubled. Xavier Paul then stung a ball past Brandon Phillips (who might have made the play on a better day). Bruce bobbled the ball, then fired to home too late to nail McCutchen. Paul went to second on the throw. Garrett Jones walked, and then Neil Walker hit a double to centerfield. Paul and Jones both scored. Pirates lead, 3-1.
- Jordan Smith replaced Johnny Cueto in the sixth, but allowed a home run to the first batter he faced, the dead-eyed Ryan Doumit. Pirates lead, 4-1.
- Muddle-headed play prevented the Reds from doing some damage in the seventh. Brandon Phillips singled, but was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double. Then Jay Bruce singled, and one out later Fred Lewis singled. That should have been enough to get in at least one run, and potentially a big inning. Unfortunately there were two outs instead of one, and Daniel McCutchen came in to get Ramon Hernandez to ground out softly.
- With Nick Masset pitching in the eighth, the Pirates padded their already insurmountable lead. Pedro Alvarez walked, and Ronny Cedeno hit a comebacker to the mound. Masset's throw to Renteria covering second was off target, and everyone was safe. Andrew McCutchen doubled, and Alvarez scored. Pirates lead, 5-1.
- Some bad play went in the Reds favor in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Jose Veras walked Chris Heisey, and then after striking out Renteria, Joe Beimel entered the game. A passed ball allowed Heisey to go to second, and then Joey Votto singled to bring him in. Brandon Phillips grounded out. Pirates lead, 5-2.
- In the ninth inning, Jay Bruce once again hit a leadoff home run. That would be it, though. Pirates win, 5-3.
- The Pirates haven't swept a series in Cincinnati since 2003.
- Johnny Cueto had won his last seven decisions against the Pirates.
- Jay Bruce has 12 home runs against the Pirates, the second most of any team he's faced. He has 13 against the Brewers.
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|WP: James McDonald (3 - 3)
SV: Joel Hanrahan (12)
LP: Johnny Cueto (2 - 1)