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Brandon Phillips Bruises Pirates With Home Run, Breaks Them With a Ground Out. Reds Win 5-3.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Brandon Phillips. For the second time in the last 3 games, Phillips takes home the honor. BP went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI, including a home run. Drew Stubbs (3 for 4, HR) and Homer Bailey (6.1 IP, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K) are honorable mentions.

Key Plays

  • The Reds kicked off the scoring in the first inning after Joey Votto coaxed a walk and then moved to second on a balk by Zach Duke. Brandon Phillips followed that up with a single to score Votto, but Phillips was thrown out trying to take second base to end the inning.
  • The first batter in the second inning for the Pirates, Garrett Jones, homered to tie the game up at one.
  • Phillips put the Reds back out in front again with his 19th home run of the season in the fourth inning.
  • The first batter in the fifth inning for the Pirates, Brandon Moss, homered to tie the game up at two.
  • After striking out the first two batters, Homer Bailey gave up a double to Lastings Milledge and then another double to Ryan Doumit, giving the Pirates a 3-2 lead.
  • The first batter in the sixth inning for the Reds, Drew Stubbs, homered to tie the game up at three.
  • Paul Janish reached after Stubbs' homer on a fielding error by Neil Walker. Joey Votto followed with a ground-rule double, his first hit in 17 at bats, leaving runners at 2nd and 3rd. Phillips grounded out to second base, but it was enough to get Janish in from third. Darnell McDonald capped the scoring with a single to bring in Votto and the Reds led 5-3.
  • The Reds put a threat together in the 8th after Votto walked and BP singled, but Jonny Gomes grounded into a force out, McDonald struck out, and Kevin Barker popped out to end the threat.

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Other Notes

  • Homer Bailey came out to pitch the 7th inning despite already having 109 pitches on the day. He's thrown 114, 115, and 116 pitches in his last 3 starts.
  • Bailey is now a combined 13-9 between the minors and majors this season. This is one year after going 4-13 combined at both levels.
  • The bullpen trio of Arthur Rhodes, Nick Masset, and Francisco Cordero struck out 6 of the 9 batters they faced, allowing just one hit.
  • The offense has had double-digit hits 8 times in the last 11 games after doing it just one time in the previous 27 games.
  • They have also homered in 10 straight games. It's their longest streak of the season.
  • The Reds swept the Pirates in a 4-game series at home for the first time since 1975. The last time they swept them in 4 games in 1992, it was in Pittsburgh.
  • The Reds now have a 6.5 game lead on the Pirates.