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Harang started, so we should have known this would happen.

Right, so we all know that the Reds can never be winning when Harang leaves the game.  Unfortunately, even though it was tied when he hit the showers in the seventh inning, Arthur Rhodes gave up a home run to pinch hitter Jeff Baker in the eighth.  Votto singled in the bottom of the eighth, but nobody else could manage to do anything.

Then Carlos Marmol struck out the side--Juan Francisco, Chris Dickerson, and Laynce Nix--in the ninth.  So much for exploiting those lefty-righty matchups there.

End result: the Reds rejoin the Cubs below .500.

Final - 4.10.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago Cubs 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 4 5 1
Cincinnati Reds 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
WP: Carlos Zambrano (1 - 1)
SV: Carlos Marmol (2)
LP: Arthur Rhodes (0 - 1)

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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Brandon Phillips.  Sure, he wasn't great, but he did hit a two run HR with two outs in the bottom of the third to put the Reds up 3-0.  Of course, it didn't last, and BP did nothing else offensively.  But!  He did luck into a bobble that broke up a GIBP.

Key Plays

  • Chris Dickerson doubled and Ryan Hanigan singled to score him in the second.
  • After Theriot singled into shallow left center in the fourth, there was some weirdness and arguing over a wild pitch or something.  I wasn't watching to know what actually happened, but whatever.  It didn't matter since the next batter...
  • Kosuke Fukudome homered to cut the Reds lead to one.
  • Alfonso Soriano then homered to lead off the fifth, and it was a tie game.  Until, well, you know.
  • But hey, at least Masset turned in a scoreless ninth?  He walked one, struck out one, and gave up no hits.  That's good, right?
  • The Reds averaged 3.37 runs of support in Harang's starts last year.  They seem to be continuing that tradition, only today they rounded down.
  • Oh, and Juan Francisco struck out four times in four plate appearances.