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We can dress real neat from our hats to our feet and surprise 'em with the victory cry! Reds win, 5-4.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Jay Bruce.  The resurgent Bruce went 3-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored.  Honorable mention goes to Scott Rolen of Scott Rolen's Reds, who had two hits, including a home run, and scored three times.

Key Plays

  • Homer Bailey got off to a blistering start, but slipped up in the fourth inning.  David Eckstein gritted a single past Orlando Cabrera, and then Adrian Gonzalez hit a home run.  Padres lead, 2-0.
  • The Reds clawed themselves right back in it in the bottom of the inning.  With two outs, Scott Rolen walked and Jonny Gomes hit a single.  Jay Bruce then singled as well, and Rolen scored on a close play at the plate.  Ramon Hernandez also singled, but then got caught in a rundown between first and second base.  Jonny Gomes scored in the ensuing asshattery, and Chris Welsh did his best to make us believe that it was a designed play.  Either the statement or the play was the dumbest thing we've ever seen/heard, but at any rate, the score was now tied.  Tie game, 2-2.
  • Homer started to lose control in the sixth inning.  With one out, MLS star Chase Headley singled, and then stole second.  Bailey walked Will Venable, and then Kyle Blanks hit a bases clearing double.  Homer composed himself and struck out the next two fools.  Padres lead, 4-2.
  • Scott Rolen homered in the bottom of the sixth.  Padres lead, 4-3.
  • Rolen led the charge in the eighth inning as well.  He singled to start the inning, and scored one out later on a double by Jay Bruce.  Bruce went to third on a throwing error.  Clutch Man Monie then got a single to score Bruce and give the Reds the lead.  Hernandez was replaced by pinch runner Chris Dickerson, who promptly stole second base.  Pinch Hitter Ryan Hanigan got a walk, and so did the struggling Drew Stubbs.  The bases were loaded with one out.  Orlando Cabrera popped up in foul territory, and Joey Votto struck out.  [sad trombone].  Reds lead, 5-4.
  • In the ninth inning, Francisco Cordero got two quick outs before walking Nick Hundley and Tony Gwynn, Jr.  Pinch runner Everth Cabrera stole second and went to third on a throwing error.  With clenched buttholes, we watched as Cordero then got Jerry Hairston, Jr. to fly out to center.  Reds win, 5-4.
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Other Notes

  • The Reds scored more runs in this game than in the previous two games of the series combined.
  • Adrien Gonzalez has homered in six of his last seven games at GABP.  His homer today moved him past Tony Gwynn for fourth most by a Padre.
  • Homer Bailey's eight strikeouts tied a career high.
  • The Reds are now .500 at home.  As of 4:45 PM, they are statistically better than three other teams in the NL (Pittsburgh, Houston, Arizona).
  • The Reds have made five outs on the basepaths in the last two games.

  • Final - 4.25.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    San Diego Padres 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 7 1
    Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 2 X 5 10 0
    WP: Arthur Rhodes (1 - 1)
    SV: Francisco Cordero (7)
    LP: Mike Adams (0 - 1)

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