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"A" Team plus "B" Team equals Victory. Reds win, 7-4.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Jay Bruce.  Bruce hit two home runs and drove in three before leaving early along with most of the starters.  Honorable Mentions go to Homer Bailey, Brandon Phillips, Corky Miller, Casey McGehee, Lorenzo Cain, and Ryan Hanigan.

Key Plays

  • The Reds got the scoring started in the third.  Brandon Phillips led off with his second single.  Jay Bruce then homered to right-center.  Reds lead, 2-0.

  • In the 4th, Jonathan Lucroy grounded out to score Casey McGehee from third for the Brewers’ first run. 

  • The Reds got the run back in the bottom of the inning.  Ryan Hanigan led off the inning with a double on a deep fly to center.  He then advanced to third on Drew Stubbs’ single and scored on Orlando Cabrera’s sac fly to right.  The throw from Corey Hart beat him, but Hanigan kicked Lucroy’s leg off the plate.  Reds lead, 3-1.

  • Milwaukee threatened in the fifth but couldn’t score with the bases loaded and one out.  Homer Bailey struck out Lucroy and Cain to end the inning.

  • Bruce then hit his second HR leading off the 6th 5th.  It was not without controversy due to potential (probable) fan interference.  Lorenzo Cain jumped for the ball, but his glove met a fan’s above the yellow line but not over the plane of the wall.  The umps reviewed but did not reverse the HR call.  Reds up, 4-1.
  • Casey McGehee pulled the Brewers even in the 7th with a three-run bomb off Jordan Smith.  Smith had earlier hit Ryan Braun and walked Prince Fielder.  He might've pitched his way off the postseason roster today. Tie game.

  • The Reds got the lead back in the bottom of the inning when Todd Coffey entered the game.  Yonder Alonso doubled off the CF wall to score Miguel Cairo from first.  Corky Miller (!) then crushed a homer over center.  Reds lead, 7-4.
  • The bullpen took care of the rest.  Nick Masset struck out the side in the 8th.  Francisco Cordero got a DP and a K to take care of the 9th.  90 wins.

Other Notes

  • A night after the Reds struck out 17 times, Homer Bailey turned the tables.  He struck out 10 in 5 innings and allowed just one run.  The 10 Ks gives him an even 100 on the season.
  • Joey Votto and Scott Rolen were given days off to rest up for the postseason.  Perhaps in honor of Hispanic heritage day, Yonder Alonso and Miguel Cairo were given the starts.
  • With three home runs to Milwaukee's one, the Reds padded their team HR lead in the NL.  Cincinnati now has 187; Milwaukee is second with 182.
  • The Reds now have 90 wins.  A win tomorrow would give them a 91-71 record, the same as the 1990 team.