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Reds owe this win to Micah, 4-3 win puts them 2 games over .500.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Star of the Game

Micah Owings. I don't know what more you could ask for from your 5th starter.  Six innings and 2 runs allowed plus a 3-run home run to put the team up 4-2.

Key Plays

  • With 2 outs in the bottom of the 2nd, Jay Bruce hit his 16th home run of the season.
  • Owings walked Nate McLouth to start the 3rd inning and then gave up a 2-run home run to Yunel Escobar.
  • In the bottom of the 5th, a Jerry Hairston Jr. walk was followed by a Ryan Hanigan single and that was followed by our Frisch's Big Boy Big Play of the Game, a 3-run opposite field home run by Owings.
  • Nick Masset struggled for the 2nd night in a row, allowing a double, a walk and 2 wild pitches to make it a 4-3 ballgame.
  • Arthur Rhodes came in and do what Arthur Rhodes do, shutting down the rally by getting Brian McCann to ground out.
  • Francisco Cordero walked a batter with one out in the 9th, but then got McLouth to ground out and Escobar to fly out to close out his 16th save of the season.

Other Notes

  • Bruce now has a modest 4-game hitting streak.  It's not much, but it's there.
  • Rhodes had his first plate appearance since June 12, 2001 when he struck out on 3 pitches.  He had the same result tonight, though he did see 4 pitches.
  • Reds 1-5 hitters were 0-for-17 tonight.  The offense managed just 4 hits on the night, and 3 of them were by the 8th and 9th hitters.  It was the 5th time in the last 6 games that the offense has managed 6 or fewer hits.
  • Despite Masset's struggles tonight, the bullpen continues to be outstanding.  Rhodes, David Weathers, and Cordero have been virtually automatic this season.

Final - 6.17.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Atlanta Braves 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
Cincinnati Reds 0 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 X 4

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