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Now I'm a fan of the 154 game season. At least it would be over quicker. Reds lose, 6-3.

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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Tom Gorzelanny.  7.1 innings of three hit, one run ball, with a walk and six strikeouts.  He also went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI in his Cubs debut.

Key Plays

  • Kosuke Fukudome, the first batter of the game, hit a home run.  If you didn't think the Reds were done for that point, you have more optimism than I.
  • Johnny Cueto actually shut down the Cubs after that, until the sixth inning.  With one out, Aramis Ramirez doubled and Jake Fox was hit by a pitch.  Alfonso Soriano singled and the bases were loaded.  Cueto struck out Mike Fontenot, and there was a glimmer of hope that Cueto would escape unharmed.  But Willy Taveras couldn't come up with a diving catch off the bat of Koyie Hill.  The hit went for a double and scored Ramirez and Fox.  The pitcher, Gorzelanny, singled next to drive in Soriano.  Dusty brought in Danny Ray Herrera, who gave up a hit to Fukudome, and just like that the Cubs had tacked on four more runs.
  • Derrek Lee homered off of Nick Masset to begin the seventh inning to finish off the Cubs scoring.
  • Finally in the eighth inning, the Reds decided they should do something offensively, instead of just something offensive.  Craig Tatum got hit by a pitch, and then Willy Taveras got his second hit of the game (!) to move Craiggers to second.  Then Joey Votto, as he is wont to do, singled to drive in a run.  God bless that man.
  • The "comeback" continued in the ninth inning, as Jonny Gomes got hit by a pitch, and then new Red Wladimir Balentien atoned for some of his suspect fielding with his first home run as a Red.  6-3, and with two outs, Tatum hit a double to tantalizingly prolong the rally.  For the second night in a row, Willy Taveras found himself in the Javier Valentin Memorial Last Out of the Game position.  And he did his predecessor proud with a ground ball to the second baseman.  Reds lose 8 in a row.

Too lazy to post a win probability graph.  Besides, the win was never probable.

Other Notes

  • This 8 game losing streak is the longest for the Reds since 2005.  All 8 of these losses have come at home.
  • Cueto is 0-5 with a 9.85 ERA in his last six games.
  • You can blame it on the rain if you want, but there were only 17,992 in attendance, and most of those were Cubs fans.
  • With Cueto's loss, the Reds only have two starters that have a .500 record or better - Bronson Arroyo (10-10) and Edinson Volquez (4-2).

  • Final - 8.4.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Chicago Cubs 1 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 6 9 1
    Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 6 0
    WP: Tom Gorzelanny (4 - 1)
    LP: Johnny Cueto (8 - 9)

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