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And the only sound that's left after the ambulances go is Cinderella sweeping up on Desolation Row. Reds lose 4-2.

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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Bengie Molina.  The San Francisco catcher went 3-4 with a double, a home run, 3 RBI, and a run scored.

Key Plays

  • The Reds' first inning woes continued tonight, as Eugenio Velez led off the game with a single, advanced to second and scored on Bengie Molina's double.  Despite putting up ten runs last night, optimism was not high to surmount this one run deficit.
  • And surmount it they did not.  However, the Reds did pull even when Brandon Phillips's leadoff walk haunted the Giants as he scored on Wladimir Balentien's double.
  • Brandon Phillips scored the Reds second run as well, when he doubled in the fourth inning.  Jonny Gomes hit a single to bring him in and gave the Reds the lead.  ZOMG!
  • It was short-lived, and the Giants pulled away for good in the sixth inning.  Velez hit a leadoff home run to tie the affair, and old NL Central foe Freddy Sanchez reached on a single.  Alex Gonzalez made a throwing error on a popup and Sanchez advanced to third base.  Bengie Molina followed that with a single up the middle and the Giants were winning, 3-2.
  • To cap off his big day, Molina homered in the eighth inning.


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via FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Scott Rolen was a late scratch, missing the game with "concussion-like symptoms."  He's being flown back to Cincinnati for evaluation.  Rolen, of course, was hit in the head with a pitch by Jason Marquis.
  • The Reds have given up 96 first inning runs, most in the majors.  When your offense is not strong, it doesn't help to be immediately facing a deficit.
  • If it seems like Eugenio Velez has been dominating Reds pitching, your hunch is correct.  He has four career home runs, and three of them have come against the Reds.
  • Despite the fact that Scott Rolen has missed more games than he's played since coming to the Reds, the trade for Wladimir Balentien seems to be paying dividends.  He has a hit in every game he's started for the Reds.
  • Joey Votto went hitless today with three strikeouts.  Jo-eh is in a bit of a slump, going 1-17 with 10 strikeouts in that time.  Brandon Phillips though has hits in 8 of his last 9 games.

  • Final - 8.8.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cincinnati Reds 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 3
    San Francisco Giants 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 X 4 8 0
    WP: Barry Zito (8 - 10)
    SV: Brian Wilson (28)
    LP: Bronson Arroyo (10 - 11)

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