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"Oh Leake. He was some boy. Cool Hand Leake. Hell, he's a natural born world-shaker." Reds beat Astros, 6-4.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Mike Leake.  Mr. Too-Good-For-the-Minors threw seven innings of one-run ball.  He sprinkled five hits and two walks throughout and struck out five.  Honorable mentions go to Drew Stubbs and Arthur Rhodes.

Key Plays

  • Drew Stubbs got the game off to a positive start with a single and a stolen base.  Brandon Phillips, batting second again tonight, walked, and Stubbs moved to third on Joey Votto's groundout.  Scott Rolen also grounded out, but he got an RBI because Stubbs scored when he did it.  Productive outs!  Reds lead, 1-0.
  • In the third inning, Phillips singled with one out.  He then scored on Votto's triple.  I think there was some wackiness on this play, but I didn't see it.  If someone wants to fill in the gaps in the comments, that would be splendid.  We can note that Votto was stranded on third with less than two outs.  Reds lead, 2-0.
  • The big inning was the fourth.  Orlando Cabrera led off with a single and one out later moved to third on Ramon Hernandez's double.  After hitting machine Mike Leake struck out, Drew Stubbs walked to load the bases.  Then Brandon Phillips hit a ball to Hunter Pence and... chicanery happened?  Everyone that was on base scored, and Phillips ended up on second.  Again, take it away in the comments.  Whatever happened, it was egregious enough that my friend in New Orleans texted me about it.  But Joey Votto walked and Scott Rolen hit a double to drive in Phillips before Jay Bruce struck out to end the inning.  Reds lead, 6-0.
  • Now it was the Astros' turn to score runs.  In the bottom of the fifth, Pedro Feliz hit a one out double, and moved to third on Hunter Pence's single.  Kaz Matsui walked, loading the bases.  Humberto Quintero then grounded out, but it was enough to score Feliz.  Reds lead, 6-1.
  • It seemed like the Reds would cruise to victory, but the bullpen decided to make things interesting in the ninth.  Nick Masset walked Carlos Lee, and then Lance Berkman homered.  Against the Reds?  I know, right?  Masset then struck out Feliz before Dusty brought in Francisco Cordero in what was not a save situation.  Hunter Pence singled on a ball that was deflected by Votto and Kaz Matsui walked again.  Pinch hitter Geoff Blum hit a single to center, and Pence scored.  Finally, Coco struck out J.R. Towles, and Michael Bourn flied out to right field.  Reds win, 6-4.
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Other Notes

  • Mike Leake at one point retired 10 straight batters.  He also got his fourth hit of the season in 10 AB.  He's pitched into the seventh inning in every one of his games.
  • The Reds started four players who finished the day with OBPs under .300: Drew Stubbs (.289), Brandon Phillips (.297), Orlando Cabrera (.286), and Laynce Nix (.278).  Chris Dickerson (.238) pinch hit and flew out to center.
  • Lance Berkman now has 49 home runs against the Reds, by far the most he has against any opponent.  The next closest is his 37 against the Cardinals.  The only teams he has a higher OPS against are the Royals (15 games) and the Orioles (9 games).  He's played the Reds 145 times.
  • Berkman's 315 home runs give him the fifth most all time for a switch hitter.
  • The Reds are in second place in the division!

  • Final - 4.28.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cincinnati Reds 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 6 8 0
    Houston Astros 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 4 8 1
    WP: Mike Leake (2 - 0)
    LP: Felipe Paulino (0 - 3)

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