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Who loses to the losers? Reds fall, 5-4.

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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Josh WillinghamRyan Zimmerman hit the two run base hit to win the game, but Willingham went 3-4 at the plate with a double and a home run, scoring twice and driving in three runs.

Key Plays

  • The game was scoreless until the fourth inning, when Adam Dunn led off with a double, and Willingham followed with his 19th home run of the year.  The Reds would have trouble getting those two out all game.
  • Often a lead of any size seems too daunting to overcome for the Reds, but in the fifth inning they battled back.  Ryan Hanigan led off with a single and Lehr sacrificed him to second.  Hanigan went to third on a groundout by Willy TaverasDrew Sutton then walked, and Joey Votto continued to actually play baseball by hitting a single to the outfield to drive in Hanigan.  Up stepped Jonny Gomes, who's been enjoying Washington pitching.  BAM!  Over the fence went the baseball, and a 2-0 deficit had turned into a 4-2 lead.
  • In the sixth inning, the Dunn-Willingham combination bit Lehr again, as they both hit doubles to lead off the inning.  Dunn's run made the score 4-3, and a wild pitch by Lehr put Willingham on third base with no outs.  Fortunately, he was caught stealing home, and the inning passed without further damage.
  • With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Lehr hit a double, and Willy Taveras singled, then stole second.  Runners on second and third with a chance to add some Great American Insurance runs, but Drew Sutton struck out.
  • Dusty turned to his bullpen in the seventh inning, using Jared Burton and Danny Ray Herrera.  Then in the eighth, Nick Masset came in to retire Ronnie Belliard before giving way to Arthur Rhodes.  Rhodes then hit Adam Dunn with a pitch, gave up a single to Josh Willingham, and then pinch hitter Ryan Zimmerman hit a dying quail out to right field.  Chris Dickerson, who replaced Gomes as part of a double switch (even though Balentien had just batted, and Gomes - our only power threat - was due to come up 4th in the ninth inning), couldn't make the shoestring catch and instead deflected the ball back in towards the infield.  Drew Sutton came out half-heartedly to retrieve it and lob the ball back in, but Willingham alertly flew around the bases to take advantage and scored from first.  Two runs, and the Reds had squandered the lead.
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Other Notes

  • Arthur Rhodes got the loss, his first decision of the year.
  • Adam Dunn was hit by a pitch twice in this game.  For the series, he went 4-8 with two doubles, a home run, six walks, five runs scored, and those two HBPs.
  • Reds pitchers allowed no walks in this game.
  • The Reds only have seven more wins than the Nationals.  Washington won the season series, 4-3.
  • Josh Willingham's 19th homer gave the Nats three players with more home runs than Reds leader Jay Bruce's 18.  Dunn has 31 and Ryan Zimmerman has 24.  Votto and Phillips both have 17 and Gomes's blast today gives him 15 - in 196 plate appearances.  He has four in his last three games.

  • Final - 8.16.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Washington Nationals 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 0 5 7 1
    Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 4 8 1
    WP: Jorge Sosa (2 - 1)
    SV: Mike MacDougal (13)
    LP: Arthur Rhodes (0 - 1)

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