Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Brandon Phillips. Dat Dude was the entire offense tonight, with 3 of the Reds' 5 hits, including two solo shots that accounted for the team's only runs. Honorable mentions go to the bullpen (LeCure, Chapman, Arredondo and Masset), which combined for 4.1 innings of 3-hit, earned run-free pitching
- A hungry, pro-fireworks crowd was treated to a heaping helping of Badrroyo Supreme tonight. The troubles started innocently enough, with a solo shot by Grady Sizemore in the second. With a 1.9 HR/9 coming into tonight, this was as good a time as any to get one out of the way.
- Arroyo upset the Order of Things by giving up a single to an AL pitcher to lead off the 3rd. Two outs on fielders' choice plays replaced Masterson with O-Cab at first. Things would probably turn out OK. But they didn't. Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana homered back to back and it was 4-0 Tribe.
- The Reds went quietly until BP homered to lead off the bottom of the 4th. [Copy and paste below.]
- Four more runs were scored by the Indians in the 5th, which was kinda excessive. Sam LeCure replaced Arroyo with two outs in the inning and promptly gave up a 2-run single to Travis Buck, scoring Santana and Sizemore (both runners credited to Arroyo). Indians 8-1.
- The Reds decided not to mess up a perfectly good 8-1 score until the 9th, when Phillips went deep because he's the only player that cares about the fans apparently. (NOTE: Change this before posting. Just wanted to get that out of my system by seeing it in writing.) Indians win, 8-2.
- 7 of 8 Indians' runs were scored with two outs.
- BP's second HR was the 1,000th hit of his career. He also raised his average to an even .300.