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A healthy Rolen shows what Scott Rolen's Reds can do. Scott Rolen's Reds win, 2-1.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Bronson Arroyo.  Giving the people what they want and awarding the JNMHSotG to a pitcher.  Bronson pitched 7 innings of shutout baseball before giving up a home run to Ronny Cedeno.  He still earned the win and struck out twice as many Pirates as he walked (2:1).  Honorable mention goes to Scott Rolen.

Key Plays

  • There was very little offense in this game on either side, though the Reds had the slight edge.  In the fourth inning, Jay Bruce singled with one out, and then came all the way around to score when Laynce Nix doubled, and went to third on the throw.  Reds lead, 1-0.
  • After retiring the first ten batters he faced, Bronson Arroyo allowed an "infield single" to Andy LaRoche and a walk to Andrew McCutchen.  Neither scored.
  • The Reds managed to get an insurance run in the eighth inning when Joey Votto reached on an error by LaRoche, and scored when Scott Rolen doubled (his second of the game) to deep right center.  Reds lead, 2-0.
  • The first batter Arroyo faced in the eighth inning, Ronny Cedeno, homered.  Arthur Rhodes came in and slamed the door on the Pirates.  Reds lead, 2-1.
  • A controversial call robbed the Reds of some extra breathing room in the ninth.  Pinch hitter Jonny Gomes singled and hustled all the way to the plate on Orlando Cabrera's double.  Despite appearing to be safe, he was adjudged to have been tagged out before touching home.  Still, the Reds won 2-1.
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Other Notes

  • Votto had an 8 game hitting streak snapped when his smash at Andy LaRoche was called an error.  Controversially, Orlando Cabrera had misplayed two balls in similar fashion earlier in the game, and both were ruled to be hits.  Still, Votto has reached base in 15 straight games.
  • Ryan Hanigan reached base in half of his plate appearances (two walks), but still managed to lower his OBP to .509.  Let the All-Star campaigning begin!
  • The Reds are two games over .500 for the first time since April 13 when they were 5-3.
  • Francisco Cordero is six saves away from tying Bob Wickman for 25th most career saves.  He still needs 25 more to match Rod Beck for 24th place.

  • Final - 5.10.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 7 0
    Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 2
    WP: Bronson Arroyo (2 - 2)
    SV: Francisco Cordero (11)
    LP: Ross Ohlendorf (0 - 1)

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