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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Braden Looper.  Offense was at a minimum tonight in this unlikely pitcher's duel.  Looper went 7 innings, giving up 2 runs, 2 BB and striking out 4 for the win.

Key Plays

  • The Brewers have some big hitters in the middle of their lineup - long.  Johnny Cueto walked one of them and then the other one hit a home run.  Brewers, 2-0.
  • Cueto's wildness continued in the second when he walked the bases full.  He was able to induce a grounder from JJ Hardy to end the threat.
  • The Reds don't have big hitters in their lineup, particularly once Joey Votto left the game with more ear troubles.  Hernandez shifted to first base and Hanigan put on the tools of ignorance, and together they formed Hernanigans!  Ryan walked, and Ramon hit his third homer of the year to tie the game.
  • In the sixth inning, Ryan Braun doubled to lead off the inning, then tried to score on Mike Cameron's fly out.  Laynce Nix threw him out at the playte.
  • In the seventh inning, Corey Hart homered to finish up the scoring with our Frisch's Big Boy Big Play of the Game.
  • In the eighth, Alex Gonzalez and Adam Rosales led off the inning with singles, but then pinch-hitter Chris Dickerson hit into a double play.  Might have been a good time for a bunt...
  • ...Unlike in the 9th inning, when Dusty sent Brandon Phillips in to pinch hit for Ryan Hanigan.  Phillips then laid down a bunt and was thrown out.  Hernandez singled to spark some hope, because that's what the office of the first baseman does, but then Jay Bruce struck out to end the game.

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via FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • The Reds only gave up three hits, but allowed three runs.  Cueto had a quality start, but takes the loss.
  • All of the runs in this game scored on homers.
  • Cueto has allowed seven home runs, five of them in May.


Final - 5.29.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
Milwaukee Brewers 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 3 3 0
WP: Braden Looper (5 - 3)
SV: Trevor Hoffman (12)
LP: Johnny Cueto (4 - 3)

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