Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Andrew McCutchen. With two hits and a walk, he reached base three times tonight,. He produced once he was there, stealing a base and scoring two runs, including the game winner.
- Mike Leake's second start got off to a rough beginning. Leadoff singles by Akinori Iwamura and Andrew McCutchen put runners on first and second, and Leake made a throwing error on Lastings Milledge's sacrifice bunt, allowing Iwamura to score. Our outfield arms prevented too much more damage, though. Garrett Jones hit a ball to Jonny Gomes that allowed McCutchen to score, but they were able to double up Milledge at second. Ryan Doumit then tried to stretch a single into a double, but Jay Bruce, like an uptight Homecoming Dance date, stopped him before he got to second base. Pirates lead, 2-0.
- Crosby scored for Pittsburgh! It propelled the Penguins to a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators! Oh, but Bobby Crosby also scored for Pittsburgh, in the second inning. He replaced Andy LaRoche, who left with a sore back after walking, then moved around the bases on a sacrifice bunt by Zach Duke, a single by Ronny Cedeno (who hits so poorly that he bats ninth, after the pitcher) and scored on a single by Iwamura. Pirates lead, 3-0.
- Zach Duke managed to shut down the high powered Reds offense. Weird, right? Well, he finally left the game and the bats got going. Well, the discerning batters' eyes got going. Drew Stubbs walked to lead off the inning and stole second. One out later, Brandon Phillips also walked. One out later, pinch hitter Joey Votto also walked. Then Jay Bruce and Ryan Hanigan both walked too! Then Paul Janish swung away at the first thing he saw and ended the inning. Pirates lead, 3-2.
- It seemed like extra innings were in the cards for the Reds again. Pinch hitter Chris Dickerson led off the ninth inning with a triple, only to have Drew Stubbs strike out looking. Reds fans everywhere gnashed their teeth and agonized that we would let this run scoring opportunity slip by unsiezed. But no! Orlando Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly and the game was tied!
- Nick Masset came on to pitch the ninth and got two quick outs. Then Andrew McCutchen singled past the shortstop and stole second on defensive indifference. That seemed to seal the Reds' fate, because Lastings Milledge then hit a single to center field and McCutchen scored without a throw. Pirates win.
- Jay Bruce's first RBI of the season came on a bases loaded walk.
- The Pirates pitchers pulled a Mike Leake and walked seven baserunners.
- The Reds now hate Jackie Robinson, after losing both times they all wore #42. The Reds are back to having a sub-.500 record.
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