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Just Like They Drew It Up. Reds Win 7-5 to Break 5-game Losing Streak.

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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Drew Sutton. Sutton only saw three pitches all day, but that was enough as his 2-run pinch hit double in the 9th inning was the difference for the winning squad.

Key Plays

The story of the day today was base runners, as in the Reds had 21 of them when you add up the 10 hits, 8 walks, and 3 errors by the Cubs.  Thankfully, they managed to get some hits today with runners on base, going 5 for 13 with runners in scoring position. 

  • The Reds put their first two runs on the board due to the Cubs fielding incompetence.  Three errors in the 3rd inning allowed the Reds to load up the bases and score a run before Brandon Phillips singled in a second run to put the team up 2-0.
  • The Reds added 3 more runs in the 4th inning after Adam Rosales and Drew Stubbs singles put runners at 1st and 3rd.  Darnell McDonald followed with one of his two hits on the day to drive in Rosales.  Joey Votto did the same to drive in Stubbs.  Consecutive walks to Phillips and Scott Rolen put another run on the board and the Reds led 5-0.
  • While all of this was happening, Johnny Cueto was cruising right along, allowing just 1 hit and 2 walks through the first 5 innings.  He ran into trouble in the 6th though, walking lead-off hitter Ryan Theriot and back-to-back singles Derek Lee and Aramis Ramirez, the latter scoring Theriot.  Geovany Soto ended Cueto's day with a double that plated Lee and moved Ramirez to third base.
  • Daniel Ray Herrera relieved Cueto but allowed a sacrifice fly to score Ramirez and a walk and was replaced with Ramon Ramirez who induced a flyout from Jeff Baker to end the inning.
  • The Cubs rallied again in the 7th a walks to Kosuke Fukudome and Lee put runners on 1st and 2nd with one out.  Nick Masset came to the game to face Aramis Ramirez who promptly singled to load the bases.  Masset struck Milton Bradley out, but then gave up another double to Geovanny Soto.  Both Fukudome and Lee scored, but a nice relay from Stubbs to Paul Janish to Corky Miller nailed Ramirez at the plate, preserving a 5-5 tie.
  • The 8th inning was quiet on both sides, and it looked like the Reds would stall out in the 9th as Rolen grounded into a double play after a Phillips single.  However, 2-out walks to Jonny Gomes and Kevin Barker left the door open for Drew Sutton to be a hero, and Sutton didn't disappoint.  His double into right field plated both runners and gave the Reds a 7-5 lead.
  • Francisco Cordero made quick work of the Cubs in the 9th, throwing just 9 pitches in a 1-2-3 inning.

 Other Notes

  • The win today still leaves open the possibility that the Reds could finish this road trip with a split.  As bad as they played during the 5-game losing streak, a split would feel like a freaking miracle.
  • The Reds had 10 different players reach base via a hit or a walk.