Not exactly a pitchers' duel: Reds beat Orioles, 10-5

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Well, this one's easy.  Joey Votto had kind of a good game.  Not only did he hit his 100th career HR (a 3-run shot in the third), but he hit his 101st as well.  He also added a single and a walk.

Also homering for the Reds: Scott Rolen, Jonny Gomes, and Drew Stubbs.  Oh, and relievers Bill Bray, Logan Ondrusek, and Aroldis Chapman combined to pitch two and two-thirds hitless innings (and six of those 8 outswere strikeouts).

Key Plays

  • Runs were scored in every inning but the sixth and the ninth, and the teams combined for nine HRs.  So yeah, there was some offense.  The Orioles started things off when Adam Jones hit a HR in the bottom of the first.  Orioles 1, Reds 0.
  • Gomes got that back with a solo HR in the top of the second.  The game was tied until the next inning, when...
  • Chris Heisey doubled, Brandon Phillips singled, and Joey Votto made it 4-1.
  • Nick Markakis cut the lead to one run with a two-run HR in the bottom of the third.
  • Matt Wieters tied it up in the fourth.  Guess how.
  • In the fifth inning, BP led off with a double and scored on . . . yeah, a Votto HR.  Reds lead, 6-4.  Soon after, Brad Bergesen was brought in to replace starter Brian Matusz.  He pitched well until . . . 
  • Joey Votto walked in the seventh, and scored on a Rolen HR.
  • The Orioles finally chased Arroyo when, after striking out Robert Andino to lead off the bottom of the seventh, he gave up a HR to J.J. Hardy.  Bill Bray came in to complete the three-strikeout inning.
  • Drew Stubbs got it on the HR parade in the eighth, leading off with one.  The Reds scored another run on an Edgar Renteria walk, Hanigan groundout, and BP single.  Reds lead, 10-5.
  • This score remained unchanged.  Ondrusek pitched a hitless eighth, and then Aroldis Chapman (remember him?) struck out the side in the ninth (remember that?).  Reds win!

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via www.fangraphs.com

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