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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.

Key Plays

  • 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.

via FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • 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.

Final - 5.11.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Cincinnati Reds 1 0 3 3 0 4 2 0 0 13
Arizona Diamondbacks 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 5

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