Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Francisco Cordero. In a perfect world, the story of Francisco Cordero would be told in a movie called "Mr. 300." Bernie Mac would play the successful closer, only to find out that three of the saves he recorded in Milwaukee didn't count. He would come out of retirement, counting on Dusty Baker to use him in a save situation regardless of context or effectiveness. Seriously though, the man notched his 300th save in impressive fashion, pitching a scoreless inning and striking out two. He's now tied with Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter. Honorable mentions go to Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. The Reds only had six hits, and these gentlemen had four of them. Two of those happened to be two run homers.
- In a development reminiscent of Opening Day, Rickie Weeks led off the game with a home run. Nyjer Morgan nearly pulled off the back to back act, but instead settled for a triple off of Mike Leake. Ryan Braun then grounded out and Morgan came home, like a beloved pet stranded thousands of miles away in a Reader's Digest story. Brewers lead, 2-0.
- In the fourth inning, Corey Hart doubled. He moved to third on Jonathan Lucroy's fly ball, then scored on Yuniesky Betancourt's single. Brewers lead, 3-0.
- Shaun Marcum kept the offense stifled until the seventh inning. Joey Votto singled, and Jay Bruce got June off to a start reminiscent of the way May ended - with a home run. Brewers lead, 3-2.
- "When Kameron Was in Egypt Land, Let My" Kameron Loe came in to pitch the eighth inning. He got two quick outs, but then hit Brandon Phillips with a pitch. Joey Votto finally rediscovered his power and hit his first home run in seemingly forever. Reds win, 4-3.
- Votto had three hits and didn't walk once. Perhaps having protection in the form of the NL's hottest hitter is a good thing after all.
- Coco Cordero is having a really great season. Even before his perfect inning tonight, he had career lows in WHIP, H/9, and BB/9. He needs 25 more saves to tie John Franco for second on the Reds franchise list for saves.
- Votto has four hits against Loe, and three of them are home runs.
- The Reds have a blessed day off tomorrow.
|Final - 6.1.2011||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|WP: Nick Masset (1 - 3)
SV: Francisco Cordero (10)
LP: Kameron Loe (2 - 5)