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Turns out 5 days is one too many. Reds blow lead in the 9th and lose 4-3.

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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Homer Bailey.  7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K.  Seriously, who else should it be?  Dude deserved the win.

Key Plays

  • With two outs in the 3rd inning, Drew Stubbs singled and stole 2nd base.  Drew Sutton followed with a single to drive in Stubbs, which drew applause from the crowd.
  • Other than that, the game was quiet until the Reds 8th inning.  Sutton led off the inning with a triple and the scored on a base hit by Joey Votto, giving the Reds a 2-0 lead.
  • Dusty Baker felt it wise to bring in Francisco Cordero for the 5th day in a row.  Not surprisingly, it wasn't.  Chris Coghlan led off the inning with a low line drive to left field that Wladimir Balentien lost in the lights, allowing Coghlan to reach first. After a Nick Johnson line out, Hanley Ramirez singled and Jorge Cantu doubled, scoring Coghlan.  A ground out by Dan Uggla pushed the tying run across the plate with 2 outs.
  • The bleeding didn't stop though.  John Baker singled to drive in Cantu.  Cody Ross followed with another bloop single and Cordero's night was mercifully over.  Brett Carroll doubled off of Jared Burton to drive in the 4th run of the inning, a run that ended up being the most important one.
  • Juan Francisco ate his first major league sized child with his first career home run in the 9th inning, but the Reds went meekly in the 9th after that as Kevin Barker and Jay Bruce both struck out and Drew Stubbs lined out to right field.

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via FanGraphs

I hate graphs that look like that.

Other Notes

  • The loss is the first loss by the Reds this season in a game in which they took the lead into the 9th inning.  They were previously 57-0 in those games.
  • The loss ended the Reds 8-game home winning streak and 4-game overall winning streak.
  • You can use vinegar and baking soda to get that musty smell out of towels. Don't use laundry detergent or fabric softener.
  • Juan Francisco is the 7th Reds player to hit his first major league home run this season.  Name the other six.
  • The Reds reach 80 losses for the 9th consecutive season.  They must win 13 of their last 14 to not have their 9th straight losing season.
  • This was Homer Bailey's 6th straight start with 114 or more pitches.