Volquez tried to hand the ball to Ramon Hernandez, but it ended up wildly in the hand of Dusty Baker. His control is... not good. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Sam LeCure. Be easy, but be hard to hit. Mr. LeCure came in in relief of Edinson Volquez in the sixth inning with two men on and preserved the Reds lead. He pitched a scoreless seventh inning as well. Honorable mentions go to Jay Bruce for his three run homer and Brandon Phillips for yet more awesome defensive prowess.
- Edinson Volquez was not incredibly sharp tonight, but he was getting the job done. He had a 1-2-3 first inning, but then his defense started getting shaky behind him. In the third inning, Matt Garza got the very first hit of his Major League career. Kosuke Fukudome then hit a grounder to Joey Votto for what should have been a double play. However, Edgar Renteria dropped the throw from Votto and both runners were safe. Darwin Barney then grounded up the middle, and Brandon Phillips made an outstanding play to stop the ball and flip it over his back to force out Fukudome. Barney then stole second, but Volquez got Starlin Castro to ground out to third. Unfortunately, Volquez then threw a pitch in the dirt that got by Ramon Hernandez. Garza came home to score on the passed ball. Cubs lead, 1-0.
- Renteria tried to make amends for his error by singling to lead off the fourth inning. Joey Votto walked (on base!). Brandon Phillips struck out, but then Jay Bruce hit a deep drive into the right field seats. Reds lead, 3-1.
- The Cubs threatened in the bottom of the fourth. Volquez walked Alfonso Soriano, and Marlon Byrd singled. Volquez threw a wild pitch to advance the runners, but the point was moot because he then walked Carlos Pena to load the bases with no outs. Luckily, he got a grounder from Geovany Soto. The Reds turned the double play, but Soriano scored. Reds lead, 3-2.
- The scoring kept up in the fifth inning. Doubles machine Paul Janish led off with a double, and Volquez sacrificed him to third. Drew Stubbs grounded out, but Edgar Renteria worked a walk, and Joey Votto singled up the middle, scoring Janish. Edgar Renteria went to third. Then Brandon Phillips singled to right and Renteria scored. Reds lead, 5-2.
- In the bottom of the fifth, Darwin Barney, Starlin Castro, and Aramis Ramirez all hit one singles, culminating with Barney scoring. Fortunately, the Reds defense began making plays again, and Brandon Phillips caught Soriano's line drive, then doubled off Castro at second to end the inning. Reds lead, 5-3.
- Marlon Byrd singled to lead off the sixth and Carlos Pena walked. Sam LeCure came in to relieve Volquez and gave up a single to Geovany Soto. Byrd scored, and LeCure then hit pinch hitter Reed Johnson with a pitch to load the bases. He bore down, though, and struck out Kosuke Fukudome, got Darwin Barney to pop out, and Starlin Castro to ground out. Reds win, 5-4.
- The Reds turned three double plays (should have been four), but all three double plays only involved two players. Renteria and Votto on the first one, Brandon Phillips and Renteria on the second, and Francisco Cordero and Votto on the third.
- Matt Garza had struck out 55 batters before he surrendered a home run to Jay Bruce, the first he's allowed to an opponent this season. That is the most strikeouts by a Cubs pitcher before allowing a home run to start a season. Mark Prior had 53 and Kerry Wood had 52.
- Volquez had four walks, two wild pitches, and a passed ball in five innings.
- Jay Bruce has five home runs in his last ten games.
- The Reds have won three games in a row, their best stretch since opening the season 5-0.
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|WP: Edinson Volquez (3 - 1)
SV: Francisco Cordero (5)
LP: Matt Garza (1 - 4)