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We love you, Patrick! "Ditto." Reds win, 3-1.



Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Patrick Swayze.  Finally, Heaven's Chippendales roster is complete.  Also, Jay Bruce had the game winning hit in his return to Cincinnati.

Key Plays

  • There was a distinct lack of offense in this game.  Both teams were scoreless until Houston broke through in the sixth inning.  Then, with two outs, traditional Reds killers Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee singled and double respectively.  Berkman scored and the Astros were winning 1-0.
  • The Reds staged their comeback in the seventh inning.  Scott Rolen walked to lead off the frame, and Jonny Gomes hit a double to put runners on second and third.  Juan Francisco then came up to bat for Darnell McDonald.  El Nino Destructor's major league debut ended in a strikeout, but still, an exciting moment.  Pinch hitter Kevin Barker was intentionally walked to load the bases, and then pinch hitter Jay Bruce - as foretold by jch - hit a single to right field that scored Rolen and Gomes.  Reds on top, 2-1.
  • Brandon Phillips added a Great American Insurance run in the eighth inning with his 20th home run of the year.
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Other Notes

  • Bronson Arroyo now has a winning record, joining Edinson Volquez and Justin Lehr as the only starters better than .500.  Nick Masset is the only other pitcher on the roster with a winning record.
  • Francisco Cordero's 35th save beats his total from last year.  It's been said again and again, but it's really impressive that So-So Cordero has not made any noteable appearances this season.
  • Once again, El Nino Destructor's major league debut everybody!
  • As Dude Rock and Slyde are quick to point out, Arroyo has a 2.11 ERA over his last 13 starts.
  • Patrick Swayze had an appearance on M*A*S*H* back in 1981.  Weird, huh?

  • Final - 9.14.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Houston Astros 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 7 0
    Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 X 3 7 0
    WP: Bronson Arroyo (13 - 12)
    SV: Francisco Cordero (35)
    LP: Wandy Rodriguez (13 - 10)

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