Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Micah Owings. Even though Micah cannot possibly be a starter [reasons for this pending], he stepped up with two shutout innings of relief, then got the win by being hit in the head to drive in the winning run. We hope that he's okay. Johnny Cueto also pitched six innings of one run ball and struck out nine. Drew Stubbs went 3-5 with a home run.
- In the third inning of this pitcher's duel, Johnny Cueto led off with a single, followed by Drew Stubbs's single. Cueto came around to score on Darnell McDonald's single up the middle. With one run in, two runners on, no outs and the heart of the order coming up, the Reds looked poised to do some real damage. But Joey Votto struck out, Stubbs was caught stealing third, and Brandon Phillips grounded out.
- Adam LaRoche's single in the fourth broke up Johnny Cueto's no-hitter, but he was immediately stranded.
- Former Red David Ross helped level things with a one out walk in the fifth. Nate McLouth moved him to second one out later with a single, and Martin Prado doubled to bring him in.
- After six stellar innings, Jared Burton came in to relieve Cueto. He immediately gave up a home run to David Ross, and a single to Kelly Johnson. Danny Ray Herrera came in and got a fly out from McLouth and a double play from Prado. Would this be the end of the Reds winning streak?
- No! Drew Stubbs hit his fifth home run of his young season to tie the game with two outs in the eighth inning.
- Bonus Baseball! Stubbs hit a triple in the eleventh inning, but was thrown out at the plate by Nate McLouth after he tried to score on McDonald's fly out.
- In the twelfth inning, Votto drew a leadoff walk, and Scott Rolen moved him to third with a single. Wladimir Balentien also walked and the bases were loaded for Micah Owings. Kenshin Kawakami unloaded a pitch that hit Owings in the head. It was a scary moment, but the winning run came in. Corky Miller hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Rolen for an insurance run.
- Not that it was needed. Francisco Cordero struck out the side for his 33rd save.
- After getting hit in the batting helmet, Owings walked off the field under his own power.
- The Reds have won their seventh straight and 12 of 14. It's not surprising that this is happening without Willy Taveras and Alex Gonzalez, though it is surprising that Justin Lehr and Kip Wells have been important parts of this hot streak.
- Tim Hudson retired the last 14 batters he faced.
- The Reds are now only three games out of third place in the NL Central.
- Drew Stubbs has five home runs in 87 plate appearances.
- The Reds have swept three of their last four series.
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|WP: Micah Owings (7 - 12)
SV: Francisco Cordero (33)
LP: Kenshin Kawakami (7 - 11)