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Ding dong! The witch is dead! Be gone, before someone drops a house on you too! Oh... Reds win, 4-2.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Drew Stubbs.  The kid finally showed what a leadoff man should do, thrown into stark relief by Chris Dickerson's failures at the plate.  After Dickerson left with a strained wrist, Stubbs came in and went 2-2 with a walk, stole two bases, and scored two runs.  A great outing from a guy that's been struggling to get on base.  Honorable mentions go to Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Laynce Nix, and the pitching staff.

Key Plays

  • With one out in the second inning, Laynce Nix hit a triple and Ryan Hanigan drew a walk.  But then Bronson Arroyo and Chris Dickerson both struck out.  Beyond the inability to drive in a runner on third with less than two outs, it was significant because Dickerson sprained his wrist in his at-bat, allowing our JNMHSotG Drew Stubbs to enter the game.
  • Goodroyo was facing Good Roy O. in this game, and both pitchers were sharp, stranding runners whenever they would get on base.  But in the fifth inning, the Reds managed to scrape and claw and put a run on the board.  Stubbs and Brandon Phillips both singled to lead off the inning, with Stubbs going to third on BP's hit.  Joey Votto then hit into a double play, but Stubbs was able to score.  Reds lead, 1-0.
  • By the seventh inning, the Reds had begun to wear down Roy Oswalt.  Stubbs walked with one out and stole second base.  Then, one out later, Votto smashed an opposite field home run.  Reds lead, 3-0.
  • Arroyo was starting to labor in the seventh as well, and Houston was able to get those two runs back.  Hunter Pence homered, and with one out, Tony Manzella doubled.  Michael Bourn doubled one out later to drive in Manzella and Dusty called on his bullpen.  Danny Ray Herrera, the High Leverage Hero, got pinch hitter Jeff Keppinger flat out.  Reds lead, 3-2.
  • Jay Bruce homered off Tim Byrdak in the eighth.  Reds lead, 4-2.
  • The Reds tried to add some insurance runs in the ninth inning as a hit and stolen base by Stubbs and walks to Phillips and Votto loaded the bases, but Scott Rolen hit into an inning ending double play.
  • Francisco Cordero came in for the third day in a row, finally in a save situation.  And, as is his wont, he gave up a hit to Hunter Pence to bring the tying run to the plate.  Fortunately, pinch hitter Geoff Blum grounded into a double play.  Reds win, 4-2!
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Other Notes

  • Roy Oswalt got the loss against the Reds for the first time since Apr. 28, 2006, almost four years ago to the day.  He has 23 wins against the Reds, by far the most against any team.  He has 14 wins against the Pirates and the Cubs.
  • The two teams grounded into five double plays and went a combined 2-17 with runners in scoring position.
  • With two walks in four plate appearances, Ryan Hanigan actually lowered his OBP to .553.
  • If Joey Votto had been given an RBI for driving in Stubbs with his double play, he would have 13 RBI and be tied for the team lead with Orlando Cabrera.
  • The Reds are 11-11, with a 5-5 away record and a 6-6 home record.  They're in second place in the division and are positioned to make a significant move as they take on first place St. Louis in a big series.  The Reds have won four in a row and the Cardinals have won five in a row.  Isn't baseball exciting when you're winning!

  • Final - 4.29.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 4 10 0
    Houston Astros 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 7 0
    WP: Bronson Arroyo (1 - 2)
    SV: Francisco Cordero (8)
    LP: Roy Oswalt (2 - 3)

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