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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Jay Bruce.  Hova had a perfect day at the plate, going 3-3 with two home runs, four RBI, and a walk.

Key Plays

  • In the first inning, Kenshin Kawakami hit Joey Votto with a pitch and made him angry.  Big mistake.
  • Votto doubled and Bruce hit his first home run of the game in the fourth inning.
  • In the fifth inning, Ramon Hernandez hit a single.  ZOMGWTF!  Then in retaliation for plunking their shortstop so many not enough times, Kawakami hit Paul Janish.  Slugger Micah Owings got an infield hit, but Hernandez was hit by the ball.  Then Taveras also got an infield hit to the shortstop, which Janish was able to dodge.  Bases chucked for Mr. Vottomatic, and Joey do what Joey do.
  • Brandon Phillips then got a rare hit to drive in Votto (production from the cleanup hitter!) and Bruce nonchalantly hit his second home run of the game.  Boom.  Six run inning.
  • The Braves then got a couple runs later in the game, but they still didn't come anywhere close to winning, so those plays are not key.


via FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Micah Owings got his first win since May 25, 2008.
  • Jay Bruce also threw out Yunel Escobar at second base.  Admit it, a part of you was sad the throw didn't hit Escobar.
  • In his last six games, Bruce is hitting .455 with 4 HR and 8 RBI.  Pret-tay, pret-tay good.
  • Joey Votto is averaging an RBI per game.
  • The Reds drew 92,402 fans for this weekend series with perfect weather.  That's an average of 30,800 per game.

Final - 4.26.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta Braves 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 10 0
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 2 6 0 0 0 X 8 11 0
WP: Micah Owings (1 - 2)
LP: Kenshin Kawakami (1 - 3)

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