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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Player of the Game

Willy Taveras.  He only went 1-4 with a walk, but that hit was his first home run since June 14, 2008 (and even though he was a Rockie, that homer didn't even happen in Coors Field).  This was a game in which everyone contributed very evenly.  We'll give a tip of the cap to Prince Fielder, who went 3-3 with a walk and 2 RBI.

Key Plays

  • With Votto and Phillips out of the lineup, Jay Bruce was the lone offensive threat.  He demonstrated that right away with a home run in the first inning, his third homer in the last five games.
  • Willy Taveras homered in the third inning ZOMG!!!1  It was our Frisch's Big Boy Big Play of the Game.
  • Later in the inning, Bruce walked, moved to third on a single by one half of Hernanigans, and came home on Nix's sac fly.  Smawbaw!
  • This team swears they're going to start using defense any day now, but they're not really in any kind of rush.  An error by Cherry Hudson, Jr. helped Milwaukee load the bases with no outs in the fourth inning, just in time for Prince Fielder to hit a double.  It only scored two runs, but an ensuing grounder plated Braun, and the game was tied.
  • But not for long!  In the bottom of the inning, Soft J hit a soft line drive for a single right before Micah Owings hit a triple.  Owings then helped his own cause further by scoring on a wild pitch.  That's how shit's done, Bronson.
  • Smawbaw was in effect in the fifth inning too.  Laynce Nix doubled, just to show Brewers fans that he could, then Rosales bunted him to third, and one half of Hernanigans brought him home with a sac fly.  Dusty was smart to play for one run, because that's all you need to win by.
  • Though the Brew Crew made it close with two runs in the sixth, courtesy of singles by Fielder and Braun, and a double by Hardy.
  • Masset, Rhodes, and Cordero combined for three scoreless innings to secure the win for the Reds.

5-7-09_medium via FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Jay Bruce has an 8 game hitting streak, and has reached base safely in the last 16 games.
  • Arthur Rhodes wants you to pull his wallet out of that bag.  It's the one that says "Bad Motherfucker" on it.
  • Votto and Phillips were out with the flu.  It certainly seems like someone else will be out with it tomorrow.  I'd guess Chris Dickerson, but it seems like he might be benched in favor of Nix anyway.
  • The Reds were at a -1 run differential two days ago.  With the win tonight, they're now at -12.
  • Adam Rosales is in a 1-19 slump, but with Encarnacion, Gonzalez, and now Phillips out, don't expect to see him benched any time soon.

Final - 5.7.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee Brewers 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 5 7 0
Cincinnati Reds 1 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 X 6 9 1
WP: Micah Owings (2 - 3)
SV: Francisco Cordero (8)
LP: Braden Looper (2 - 2)

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