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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Nate McLouth.  He was 3-5 with 3 runs scored and a steal tonight for the Bucs.  They only mustered 1 XBH (a pinch-hit double from Delwyn Young in the 6th), but all the singles really added up.

Key Plays

  • The first inning was pretty much the ballgame for the Pirates.  Morgan and Sanchez started the game with singles, and then McLouth hit a sharp one to BP that looked like it could have been a double play, but it took a bad hop on him and went into right field.  Then the elder LaRoche walked, the younger LaRoche was hit by a pitch, and Ramon Vazquez lined a single into right to score 2.  4-0 Pirates.
  • After the Pirates tacked on another in the 3rd, the Reds got on the board in the 4th when Hernandez and Rosales singled before Gonzalez hit a homer.  5-3 PIrates.
  • Owings seemed to settle down for a bit, retiring 9 in a row until 2 out in the 6th when Robinzon Diaz singled before pinch-hitter Delwyn Young doubled.  Danny Ray Herrera came in and made Nyjer Morgan look silly to get out of the inning.
  • 3 straight singles (they hit 12 of them in the game) in the 7th loaded the bases for the Pirates before Andy LaRoche rolled a tailor-made double play ball to Rosales, but he bobbled it a bit and double-pumped it to BP and BP couldnt handle it with the runner bearing down on him and the ball got away.  2 runners came home on the error.
  • The Reds tried to start something in the 8th when BP hit a lazy pop up to shallow right field, but Freddie Sanchez couldnt squeeze it.  BP was sulking out of the box though and didnt advance to 2nd on the error.  He would have scored on Bruce's subsequent single, but he did eventually come home when Rosales grounded out.
  • The Pirates added an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th when Nyjer Morgan advanced to third on a wild pitch and came home on a sac fly from Freddie Sanchez.
  • The Reds rallied in the 9th, with 4 straight singles from Taveras, Nix, Votto, and BP, but then Bruce flew out on a scorcher to left and Hernandez struck out.  Then Rosales continued his hot ways with a single to knock in Votto before Gonzalez K'd on 3 pitches.  8-6 Pirates. 

Final - 5.2.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 2 6
Pittsburgh Pirates 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 X 8

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Other Notes

    • Joey Votto is still the straight bomb diggity, going 2-3 with a double and a pair of walks.
    • David Weathers is still unscored-upon, though he did allow 2 inherited runners to score on the misplay by Rosales + the error by BP.
    • Rhodes also pitched a third of an inning without allowing a runner to score.  Stormy and the Collossus have pitched 15.3 innings so far without an earned run.
    • Rosales was 3-5 with a run scored and an RBI.  He is also writing on a book on making good impressions.
    • There were 24 singles between the 2 teams tonight.  The only XBHs were doubles from Votto and Delwyn Young and Gonzo's homer.