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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Mike Lincoln.  Every dog has his day, right?  When Volquez went down, Lincoln came in on short notice and pitched three innings of one run baseball to keep us in the game.  A man who is synonymous with "gasoline fire," he exceeded everyone's expectations.  3 IP, 2 hits, 1 ER, and the win.

Key Plays

  • Colby Rasmus was a thorn in the side all day, and got off to an early start with a double in the first inning.  Albert Pujols then hit a double to drive him in, because you're not going to fully contain Albert Pujols.
  • Edinson Volquez had to leave after the first inning with numbness in his ring and pinky finger.  Red Reporter shat itself.
  • Lincoln gave up a solo jack to aforementioned ass-thorn Colby Rasmus in the third.  The name of the game was damage control.
  • The Reds grew a set in the fourth inning and began to fight back.  Chris Dickerson led off with a single, then stole second.  Jay Bruce worked a walk and Ramon Hernandez singled to drive in Dickerson.  Rick Ankiel threw wildly (gasp!) and both runners advanced a base, setting the stage for Laynce Nix's two run double, our Frisch's Big Boy Big Play of the Game.
  • The Reds tacked on another in the fifth, when Ryan Hanigan and Wilkin Castillo both singled, and Adam Rosales grittily hit a sacrifice fly to score Hanigan.  4-2, good guys.
  • The Reds got their final run in the seventh inning when Hanigan singled again.  He advanced to third on a bunt and a force out, then Brandon Phillips drove him in with a single.  Who says manufacturing is dead in the Midwest?
  • The Cardinals didn't quite die as whodat Joe Thurston doubled in the bottom of the seventh, and eventually scored on a passed ball.
  • The Cards sent the heart of their order up in the eighth, and Arthur Rhodes set them down, one, two, three.  Colby Rasmus, Albert Pujols, and Chris Duncan - you are all officially bustas.
  • Coco Cordero slammed the door, allowing only a hit to Joe Thurston because apparently no one can get him out.
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Other Notes

  • The Reds' starter only lasted one inning, and the Cardinals still used as many pitchers (6) as Cincinnati.
  • Coco Cordero hasn't blown a save since July 21, 2008.  He's converted 28 saves since then.
  • Jerry Hairston missed the game with flulike symptoms.
  • Four of the five Cincinnati runs came with two outs.
  • The Reds haven't lost on June 1 since 2005.


 


Final - 6.1.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 5 8 1
St. Louis Cardinals 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 7 1
WP: Mike Lincoln (1 - 0)
SV: Francisco Cordero (14)
LP: Todd Wellemeyer (5 - 5)

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