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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Brandon Phillips.  After struggling for much of the season, Phillips finally enjoyed a breakout game, going 3-5 with a home run and SIX! RBI.  Honorable mention to Edinson Volquez who pitched eight scoreless innings and got his fourth win of the season, and to Joey Votto who reached base in all five plate appearances.

Key Plays

  • Alex Gonzalez was unable to play.  The Reds managed to overcome this obstacle and have one of their best offensive days of the season.
  • Second leadoff man Jerry Hairston, Jr. (Happy Cinco de Mayo, Cherry!) worked a walk in the first inning and stole a base, then Joey Votto drove him in with a single, as he is wont to do.
  • Walks continued to haunt in the third inning.  Votto walked, stole second, and went to third on a wild throw.  Phillips hit a single to score him, but then was thrown out attempting to steal second.  Havoc works both ways.
  • In the fifth inning, Taveras and Hairston hit singles and Votto walked again.  Bases loaded, one out, Phillips at the dish.  Double play ball, right?  Nope.  Dem Franchize Boy hits a single to score our two speedy guys.  4-0 good guys.
  • With two outs in the seventh, Hairston (who also had a very good game) hit a double, Joey Votto was intentionally walked, and Reds Nation tried very hard not to wait around for a three run home run.  But sometimes... when you least expect it... love finds a way you get one anyway.  Phillips got his third hit of the day in a big way, delivering our Frisch's Big Boy Big Play of the Game.
  • In the ninth, the Reds broke their streak of scoring only in the odd numbered innings.
  • The Marlins struck out a lot and played sloppy defense.

Look ye now at true dominance:

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via FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • The Reds have four shutouts in their last six games.
  • Joey Votto has played in 26 games and reached base at least once in 25 of them.
  • Every Reds starter had a hit except for Adam Rosales.  Volquez's single means that he will not lose the race to see which member of the rotation is the last to get a hit.  It's now a two horse race between Harang and Arroyo.  I like Harang to get the next hit, since he looks more like a horse.
  • The Reds are 10-5 on the road.  That's the most wins in the majors by a visiting team, and only the Phillies (7-2) have a better winning percentage away from home.


Final - 5.5.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati Reds 1 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 0 7 14 0
Florida Marlins 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
WP: Edinson Volquez (4 - 2)
LP: Chris Volstad (2 - 1)

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