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Final - 4.8.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
New York Mets 2 0 0 0 3 0 4 0 0 9
Cincinnati Reds 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 7

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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

 Carlos Delgado.  2-5, 2 runs, 4 RBI, and a home run.

Key Plays

  • After Carlos Delgado took Edinson Volquez deep for a two-run shot in the first inning, the Reds responded with a Votto three-run homer off Mike Pelfrey and Brandon Phillips scoring when Reyes and Delgado botched a double play attempt.
  • In the 4th, Volquez was rattled by a Ryan Church double, uncorking a wild pitch and walking the next two batters to load the bases.  After running the count full on Pelfrey, Volquez got the soft grounder to third to end the threat.
  • In the 5th, Volquez gave up back to back singles to lead off the inning, then Gonzalez muffed a double play ball to leave the bases loaded with no outs instead of a runner on third and two outs.  Delgado grounded out to drive in a run, and Volquez pitched to Beltran, who singled to drive in two more runs.
  • The Reds tried to answer in the bottom half of the 5th and had runners on first and third with two outs when HAVOC reared its ugly head.  Votto was caught taking too big a lead off third and was caught in a rundown to end the threat.
  • The Reds had two more baserunners in the 6th, but fan favorite Darnell McDonald grounded out to end the inning.
  • Mike Lincoln was incredibly ineffective, giving up doubles to David Wright and Brian Schneider, sandwiched around a Delgado single and walks to Beltran and Church.  4 more runs!  4 more runs!
  • A productive out from Bruce and a single from Ramon Hernandez brought the Reds back within three.
  • The anticipated debut of Taveras was pretty remarkable: a triple!  A sac fly by Dickerson left the deficit at two.
  • A wild K-Rod still did his job and got the last two out with the bases loaded.

 

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Other Notes

  • The Reds showed good patience at the plate, making Pelfrey throw 44 pitches in the first, and 104 through 5.  They walked nine times in the game.
  • Apart from Lincoln, the bullpen pitched a scoreless game.  Commendations for Masset, Burton, and Rhodes.  In fact, Lincoln and Herrera are the only relievers to give up runs this season.
  • Joey Votto has the Reds first home run of the year.
  • Votto and Phillips went a combined 5-8 with 3 runs, 3 RBI, and 2 walks.
  • A small crowd of 13, 568, about half of whom were Red Reporters.  They say you gotta be a true fan to go to Game 2.  I guess you do.