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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Bronson Arroyo.  You know the story of how a team with no offense ends up squeaking out win after win with brilliant pitching?  They're making a documentary about it.  It stars this year's Cincinnati Reds.  Arroyo took his turn on the stage tonight, throwing 8 innings of 4-hit shutout baseball, sitting down 10 in a row in one stretch.  I cannot overstate how exhilarating it is to see our pitchers doing this so often.

Key Plays

  • In the 4th, Adam Rosales made a great play to snag a foul ball off Nate McLouth's bat, further endearing him to the Reds faithful.
  • In the 6th, Willy Taveras got things rolling for the Reds with a ground-rule double, to then be sacrificed to 3rd by Hairston.  Joey Votto (who else?) drove him in with a liner to CF.
  • In the 7th, the Reds loaded the bases with a lot of bunting, but Joey Votto grounded out to end the threat.
  • Leading off the 8th, Brandon Phillips took John Grabow deep to right field to give the Reds their second run of the game.  
  • In the 9th, the Reds padded the lead when Hanigan singled and pinch-hitter Laynce Nix walked.  Taveras attempted to bunt them over (there were 4 sac bunts in tonight's game for the Reds, which is probably some kind of record) but Jason Jaramillo threw the ball into right field and Hanigan came around to score.  Votto was intentionally walked and BP hit a sac fly to bring in another run.  4-0 Reds. 


Final - 5.1.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 4
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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Other Notes

  • Zach Duke pitched a nice game for the Buccos, throwing 7 innings and giving up only 1 run.
  • Only 2 extra-base hits for the Reds tonight, but 4 sac bunts and a sac fly got 'em over and got 'em in. 
  • Hanigan continues hitting well, with 2 singles and a walk.  Votto also had a pair of singles and a walk.  Rosales looked good too with a single and a pair of walks, but he also got caught stealing, proving he will never hack it as a big leaguer.
  • Jerry Hairston is still struggling, going 0-4 with a pair of Ks.  The sac bunt was his only positive contribution on offense tonight.  We really need to do something about left field.
  • Grande says Sean Casey will be at the ballpark tomorrow to talk a little honkball in the booth.  That should be a delight.