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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Joey Votto.  2-5 with 2 RBI, a run scored, and a double.  3.5 million copies sold.

Key Plays

  • The Reds got off to a fast start, with singles from Taveras, Votto, and Encarnacion giving the good guys a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
  • The 'Stros scrapped one back in the second with singles from Pence and Blum.  Pence scored on a fielder's choice by Pudge Rodriguez.
  • The Reds tried to get something going in the fourth inning when McDonald and Hanigan both singled with one out, but Janish hit into an inning-ending double play.
  • Janish atoned somewhat by helping turn a double play on Tejada in the sixth, which proved vital when...
  • Lance Berkman, who had been held relatively in check this series, hit a home run.  Carlos Lee, who has been killing the Reds this series, hit a home run after him.  Still, the Astros were only ahead 3-2, instead of 5-2.
  • Singles by Janish and Taveras and a walk to Hairston loaded the bases in the top of the seventh for Joey Votto.  Every Reds fan knew that if they were going to win the game, Votto would have to deliver here, and he did with a double to left center, driving in two runs (Cherry got thrown out at the plate).  Reds lead 4-3.
  • Arthur Rhodes made things interesting in the 8th.  A leadoff double to pinch-hitter Jason Michaels and walks to Miguel Tejada and Carlos Lee were interspersed with a sac bunt from Kaz Matsui and a weak pop up by Lance Berkman.  Bases loaded, two outs, and Hunter Pence at the plate.  On a 3-2 count, Rhodes got him looking for our Frisch's Big Boy Big Play of the Game. 
  • Coco got the save and the Reds held on to win, 4-3.

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via FanGraphs.com

Other Notes

  • The Reds are 5-2 on their road trip, which swings into Chicago next to take on the first place Cubs.  A win tomorrow moves them into first place.
  • Bronson Arroyo is 3-0.  How 'bout that?  He's tied for the league lead in wins.  Francisco Cordero's 5 saves are good for second place in the majors.
  • Our catcher and shortstop were 3-7 with a run scored and a hit-by-pitch.  Coincidentally, the pitcher who always plays with Hanigan and Janish is 3-0 while everybody else is 4-5.  Hanigan also threw out a baserunner, his third this season.  This was his third start.  No one has successfully stolen a base on him.
  • Brandon Phillips and Jerry Hairston continued to struggle, both going 0-4.  On the bright side, Edwin Encarnacion got two hits, including his first RBI since his grand slam.


Final - 4.20.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati Reds 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 10 0
Houston Astros 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 11 0
WP: Bronson Arroyo (3 - 0)
SV: Francisco Cordero (5)
LP: Geoff Geary (0 - 2)

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