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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Yovani Gallardo.  Gallardo is a good pitcher and our offense is very bad.  Put that together and you get 9 strikeouts in 5.1 innings (including 8 in the first three), 1 ER, and the win.

Key Plays

  • Micah Owings looked very hittable from the beginning.  In the first, J.J. Hardy walked, then singles by Ryan Braun, Mike Cameron, and Mat Gamel scored two runs.
  • The Reds loaded the bases in the second inning with one out, but Ryan Hanigan and Owings struck out, and no runs were scored.
  • Walks continued to haunt Owings, as he gave light-hitting Jason Kendall a free pass in the bottom of the second.  Gallardo bunted him over, Craig Counsell moved him to third on a single, and J.J. Hardy drove him in with a sac fly.  Smawbaw!
  • The Reds hinted at making a game of it in the third.  Jerry Hairston, Jr. got to second on an error and scored on a Jay Bruce single.  Brandon Phillips also singled to have two men on with one out.  Laynce Nix and Ramon Hernandez both took called third strikes, and that was that.
  • The Brewers then put the game safely out of reach, like taking Danny Ray Herrera's glove and putting it way up high on the kitchen table, with Mike Cameron's two-run homer, our Frisch's Big Boy Big Play of the Game.
  • Brandon Phillips homered in the fifth, prompting him to swing and fall down for the rest of the game.
  • The Reds put runners on the corners with one out in the sixth.  Chris Dickerson grounded into a force out, and although the Brewers were conceding a run, Hanigan did not try to score from third, and Mark Berry just kind of stood there.  Hairston then struck out, and that was that.

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via FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Following their sweep of the Diamondbacks on May 13, the Reds had the best road record in baseball (13-5).  They have lost every road game since then.
  • Nick Masset is flirting with a sub-1.00 ERA.  It currently sits at 1.06.  That's only the third best ERA in the bullpen, and five relievers have ERAs under 2.00.
  • This is the first time the Reds have been swept in Milwaukee since July 3-5, 2006.  (And if we had won those three games, we would have won the division that year.)
  • Jerry Hairston, Jr. drew a walk from Trevor Hoffman.  It was Hoffman's first walk of the season.
  • The Reds did not score on Milwaukee's bullpen once during this series.
  • Those who selected 5-2 on the road trip poll, including yours truly, are starting to feel pretty foolish.


Final - 5.31.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
Milwaukee Brewers 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 X 5 8 3
WP: Yovani Gallardo (5 - 2)
SV: Trevor Hoffman (13)
LP: Micah Owings (3 - 6)

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