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Joe Posnanski appreciates the contrast to the 1975 Reds. Cincinnati's offensive woes plumb new depths in 4-1 loss.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Luke Hochevar.  Former #1 pick Hochevar looked like Greg Maddux going against Cincinnati's terrible offense.  He only needed 80 pitches to throw a complete game, giving up three hits and a run, striking out three and walking one.

Key Plays

  • Matt Maloney put himself in an early hole, giving up a solo homer to Billy Butler in the first inning.
  • After much futility, the Reds tied the score with a solo shot of their own, courtesy of Jonny Gomes's first dinger of the season.
  • Any shred of hope quickly vanished in the bottom of the inning when Alberto Collaspo was hit by a pitch and Miguel Olivo singled to put runners on first and second with no outs.  Coco Crisp moved Collaspo to third on a ground out, and David DeJesus hit a well-placed single to score him.
  • In the sixth inning, Collaspo struck again, hitting a two-run homer right after Mark Teahen's single.

Crummy graph

Other Notes

  • Hochevar's pitches per inning: 1st - 4, 2nd - 7, 3rd - 8, 4th - 10, 5th - 15, 6th - 9, 7th - 12, 8th - 9, 9th - 4.  Jay Bruce and Laynce Nix tied for longest at-bats, seeing six pitches one time each.
  • Willy Taveras is 0-28 and does not have a hit in the month of June.
  • Matt Maloney pitched decently, going another six innings and striking out five.  He did give up two home runs.
  • Mike Lincoln pitched two scoreless innings in relief, the first time he's had two scoreless innings in an outing since May 6.  His ERA is down below 9.00 for only the third time this year, the first being after he pitched 0.1 innings on Opening Day.
  • Game time was 2:12.  These things fly when nobody's hitting.

  • Final - 6.12.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
    Kansas City Royals 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 X 4 6 0
    WP: Luke Hochevar (2 - 2)
    LP: Matt Maloney (0 - 1)

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