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If you're going to stake your rep on being a fifth place team, these are the games you HAVE to win. Reds sweep double header, win 6-3.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Brandon Phillips.  Phillips went 3-4 with two runs, two RBI, a home run and a stolen base.  He hit what seemed to be a second home run, but replays showed that it was a foul ball.

Key Plays

  • The Reds came flying out of the gate in the evening contest, with Drew Stubbs singling and Paul Janish bringing him home with a double.  One out later, Brandon Phillips scored Janish with a single.  Scott Rolen singled and Jonny Gomes hit a ground rule double to plate Phillips.  After Darnell McDonald struck out, Corky Miller walked to load the bases.  Sadly, Johnny Cueto struck out, but the Reds had a 3-0 lead.
  • Phillips made it a four run lead in the third inning with his 18th home run of the season.
  • Cueto, fresh off the DL, cruised until the sixth inning when he gave up a home run to Andrew McCutchen.  Danny Ray Herrera came in to relieve, but after getting two quick outs he gave up a single to Ryan Doumit, a double to Steve Pearce, and singles to Brandon Moss and Ronny Cedeno.  The Pirates had crept to within one run, and Nick Masset was called on to get the third out of the inning.
  • The Reds got some Great American Insurance runs in the eighth, when Darnell McDonald hit a ground rule double and Drew Stubbs hit his second home run of the day (but first of the game) to increase the lead to 6-3.
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 Other Notes

  • This was Johnny Cueto's first win since July 1.  It's his ninth of the season, which matches his total from last year.
  • The announced attendance of 13,051 for the day game was actually the attendance number from April 10, the rained out game.  The Reds had an attendance of 9,087 for the nightcap, the lowest attendance ever at GABP.
  • The Reds had not swept a double header in ten years.  (Actually, the last time I'm seeing such a sweep occurred on May 26, 1997.  John Smiley beat Al Leiter [BOO!], and Mike Morgan beat Matt Beech.  Terry Pendleton played third base.  I'd totally forgotten he'd ever been a Red.)
  • With nine more losses, the Reds will clinch a losing season for the ninth straight year.
  • Nick Masset and Arthur Rhodes pitched in both games for the Reds.  Jesse Chavez pitched in both games for the Pirates.
  • Francisco Cordero earned his 29th save.  He's five away from passing Dan Quisenberry on the all-time list.

  • Final - 8.31.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 8 0
    Cincinnati Reds 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 X 6 13 0
    WP: Johnny Cueto (9 - 10)
    SV: Francisco Cordero (29)
    LP: Paul Maholm (7 - 8)

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