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Lifeless: Reds offense, downtown St. Louis after dark, Anne Frank. Reds lose 5-2.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Skip Schumaker.  He went 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Key Plays

  • Arroyo got into trouble early when he walked Skip Schumaker to lead off the game, then gave up a double to Colby Rasmus.  Pujols grounded out to drive in a run.
  • Bronson got a two base hit in the third, but shit, Willy Taveras and Jay Bruce wouldn't believe a double and left him stranded.
  • The Reds faked like they wanted to win the game in the fourth inning.  Brandon Phillips led off with a double, and Ramon Hernandez singled to put runners on the corners.  Nix hit a sac fly to score one, and Hernandez took second on a botched hit and run, getting the elusive stolen-base-by-a-painfully-slow-catcher.  Alex Gonzalez singled him to third, where he scored on Adam Rosales's hit that was misplayed for a two base error.  The Reds led 2-1 and after an intentional walk to Ryan Hanigan had the bases loaded with one out.  Bronson Arroyo stepped to the plate... and grounded into an inning ending double play.  And that was it for the Reds on offense.
  • In the fifth inning, Schumaker singled and scored on a double by Pujols.
  • Everything blew up in the sixth.  Bronson hit Yadier Molina with a pitch, and he moved to third on a single by Joe ThurstonNick Stavinoha then doubled to plate them both, and came around to score himself on two wild pitches by Carlos Fisher, our Frisch's Big Boy Big Play of the Game.
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Other Notes 

  • The Reds did not get a hit after the fourth inning.
  • Jay Bruce is 1-20 on this road trip, and Willy Taveras is 3-23.  Taveras also missed a fly ball in the sixth, leading some to believe that his hamstring isn't fully mended.
  • Ramon Hernandez stole his first base since May 6, 2007.
  • Jared Burton pitched the final two innings in his "return" from Louisville, even though he never actually went anywhere.  Tonight he gave up no runs, one hit, one walk, and struck out three.  Hopefully he's turned a page.

  • Final - 6.2.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
    St. Louis Cardinals 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 X 5 9 1
    WP: Jason Motte (2 - 1)
    SV: Ryan Franklin (13)
    LP: Bronson Arroyo (7 - 4)

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