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I'm gonna keep on loving you, Arroyo Speedwagon. Reds win, 6-1.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Laynce Nix.  The Daynce Mix hit his first career grand slam to lead the Reds over the Cardinals.

Key Plays

  • Scott Rolen and Jay Bruce led off the second inning with walks, and RBI man Ryan Hanigan hit a single to score Rolen.  Bronson Arroyo then singled to load the bases, and Drew Stubbs also drew a walk to force in Bruce.  Reds 2, Cardinals 0.
  • The walks continued to haunt in the third inning.  Brandon Phillips walked, Rolen doubled, and Bruce walked again.  Up stepped Laynce Nix and bye bye baseball.  Grand slam!  Reds 6, Cardinals 0.
  • Nix was still feeling swell after his homer, and let Skip Schumaker's ball fall under his glove for a double.  Albert Pujols then drove him in with a single.  Reds 6, Cardinals 1.
  • Bronson left the game with one out in the ninth, after having walked Troy GlausNick Masset came in and gave up a single to Pujols, a fielder's choice to Matt Holliday, and a walk to Colby Rasmus, before striking out Ryan Ludwick with the bases loaded.  REDS WINNARS!
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 Other Notes

  • The Reds can do no worse than split the season series with the Cardinals.  A win tomorrow gives them a 9-7 advantage.
  • The Reds went 18-9 in September, the only month in which they did not have double digit losses.  Four of those losses were to Colorado, and five of those losses were by only one run.
  • John Smoltz complained that the game balls had not been properly rubbed with mud.  Obviously it didn't seem to affect Arroyo, but Bronson did share this interesting nugget: "They don't mud them up as much here as they do at other places. It was a cool night, and it's hard to hold on sometimes."  Could a mudding deficiency help explain some of our historically lackluster pitching?
  • Who says Dusty Baker ruins arms?  Listen to why he pulled Arroyo with one out in the ninth: "He said he was running on empty and his legs were spent," Baker said. "When I heard that, you go get him, especially late in the season, 111 pitches and Pujols up there."
  • Joey Votto and Paul Janish both hit doubles.  It was Votto's 16th double in September and Janish's tenth (out of 37 and 20 on the year, respectively).
  • Arroyo won 15 games for the second year in a row.  He hasn't given up more than three runs in a game since July 22.
  • The Brewers lost, so the Reds are only one game out of third place.

  • Final - 9.30.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    St. Louis Cardinals 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
    Cincinnati Reds 0 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 X 6 8 0
    WP: Bronson Arroyo (15 - 13)
    LP: John Smoltz (1 - 3)

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