Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Willy Taveras. Taveras had about as good a game as a leadoff hitter can have, going 5-5 with a double, 2 RBI, 4 R, and a SB. In seven innings.
- The offense showed up in a big way, right from the beginning of the game. A single, double, and walk by our first three batters loaded the bases, but Brandon Phillips predictably grounded into a double play to score the run. Still, we scored first so the outcome was never in question.
- Bronson Arroyo led off the third inning with a single, his first hit of the year. Taveras got on with a bunt, and both runners scored on Cherry Hudson's second triple of the game. A double by Brandon Phillips drove him in. 4-0 good guys!
- Until Felipe Lopez doubled and Justin Upton hit one uptown. 4-2.
- Taking that as a challenge, Laynce Nix and Adam Rosales hit back to back homers of their own in the fourth, before a double by Taveras and single by Votto put the score at 7-2.
- Lopez continued to bedevil his former team with a home run in the fifth inning. He ended the night 3-4.
- Reliever Bobby Korecky went looking for a hotline, because he got abused in the sixth inning. Double to Rosales, single to Taveras, stolen base by Taveras, walk to Hudson, single by Votto, single by Phillips, and a wild pitch, and that's four runs given up.
- It was more of the same in the seventh, when Nix singled off Korecky, Rosales doubled, and Taveras got a single to drive in Nix before another wild pitch allowed Rosales to score.
- For some reason, Bronson Arroyo came in to pitch the seventh, even though he had 113 pitches and a seven run lead. He gave up a home run to Mark Reynolds.
- Josh Wilson pitched the ninth inning for the 'Backs. Position players pitching is the new Wildcat formation.
- Jay Bruce had his hit streak snapped.
- Ramon Hernandez went back to catcher since Joey Votto was healthy again. He went hitless. Ryan Hanigan replaced him in the 8th and singled.
- The only other Reds leadoff hitter to have 5 hits in a game was Ryan Freel, on June 23, 2006.
- Arroyo's hit means that all the starters now have at least one hit.
- Also, besides Arroyo, the starting lineup didn't have anyone with a batting average below .200. The offense is really coming around! We have a positive run differential!
- The Reds are tied for second in the division, two games behind St. Louis.
- The Reds are an MLB-best 11-5 on the road.
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