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Cueto goes to 11! Reds win, 8-4.

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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Joey Votto.  The Irresistable Force went 2-3 with a double, a home run, three RBI, a run scored, and two walks.  Dude's good.

Key Plays

  • Johnny Cueto got off to a rough start.  He walked Andrew McCutchen, then gave up a run-scoring double to Andy LaRoche.  It seems like it's been awhile since we've harped on all the first inning runs the Reds have given up.  They gave up a lot.
  • In the second inning, the Reds used the same walk-double strategy to even the game.  Scott Rolen drew the walk, and Darnell McDonald hit the double.  Walks to Ramon Hernandez and Drew Stubbs loaded the bases, but Paul Janish flew out to end the inning.
  • Scott Rolen homered in the third.  Know what?  I haven't really missed Edwin since we traded him.
  • McDonald led off the fourth inning with a single, and went to third on Ramon Hernandez's single.  Then he scored on a passed ball.  After Cueto and Stubbs made outs, Paul Janish walked, and he and Hernandez scored on Joey Votto's double.  Votto was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
  • Cueto ran into trouble in the sixth inning.  He gave up a leadoff single to Garrett Jones, and a walk to Brandon Moss one out later.  Then Delwyn Young hit a three run homer to bring the Pirates within one run.
  • The Pirates hadn't counted on El Nino Destructor, however.  In the bottom of the sixth, Ramon Hernandez doubled to lead off, and Willy Taveras came in to run for him.  Then Juan Francisco hit a double to right field and Taveras scored.  ROAR!  Francisco then scored on successive sacrifices by Stubbs and Janish.  ROAR!
  • Votto homered in the eighth inning.  Such a giver.
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 Other Notes

  • Brandon Phillips had been 0-16 before singling in the eighth.  If he gets five RBI tomorrow, he'll finish with 100 on the season.
  • Francisco Cordero pitched a scoreless ninth, but it was not a save situation.  He's still one save shy of 40 for the season.
  • Joey Votto's 25th home run gave him a career high.
  • With the win, Johnny Cueto joins fellow starting pitchers Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Edinson Volquez, and Justin Lehr to not have a losing record.
  • Since both the Brewers and Reds won, the Reds have clinched fourth place in the NL Central.

  • Final - 10.3.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Pittsburgh Pirates 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 6 0
    Cincinnati Reds 0 1 1 3 0 2 0 1 X 8 11 0
    WP: Johnny Cueto (11 - 11)
    LP: Zach Duke (11 - 16)

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