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Things were bad, but now they're good again... FOREVER! Reds win, 6-3.

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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Jonny Gomes.  Gomes went 1-3 with a walk, but it was his three run homer that ended up providing the margin of victory.  Honorable mention goes to Chris Heisey and Joey Votto.

Key Plays

  • Johnny Cueto wasn't as effective as his last start, but he was still very good.  His defense bailed him out a couple times too, like in the first inning.  Alcides Escobar tripled with one out, but was thrown out at the plate when Orlando Cabrera went home with Ryan Braun's grounder.  In the second inning, he got out of a jam with runners on second and third with one out by striking out Jody Gerut and catching Yovani Gallardo's liner back up the middle.
  • Still, it was the Brewers that managed to score first.  Corey Hart homered in the fourth inning.  The damage might have been more extensive after Gregg Zaun walked and went to third after Brandon Phillips misplayed a ball from Gerut.  Zaun was then thrown out at the plate trying to tag up on a fly out from Gallardo.  Brewers lead, 1-0.
  • The Reds nearly had a big inning in the sixth.  Phillips walked to start things off, and scored when Joey Votto doubled.  However, Votto was easily picked off after taking a wide turn around second and the throw home was cut off.  Outs on the basepaths always hurt, particularly because Scott Rolen and Jay Bruce then had back to back singles.  Jonny Gomes struck out, but Drew Stubbs walked and the bases were loaded - only to have Ramon Hernandez take a called third strike.  Game tied, 1-1.
  • Instead, the Reds got their big inning in the seventh when Todd Coffey relieved the effectively wild Gallardo.  Chris Heisey hit for Johnny Cueto and showed Miguel Cairo how it's done by lacing a triple.  Orlando Cabrera drove him in with a single, and Brandon Phillips singled too.  Then Joey Votto singled, but Phillips was picked off second after taking too wide of a turn.  It was the second such baserunning blunder for the Reds, but they could take some comfort in knowing that two Brewers had been tagged out at home.  Scott Rolen hit a sacrifice fly that got Cabrera home safely and Jay Bruce was intentionally walked.  Why the Brewers wanted to intentionally face the Reds hottest hitter, I couldn't say, but it was almost a foregone conclusion that Jonny Gomes would drive in some runs.  And so he did, with a three run homer.  Reds lead, 6-1.
  • Thankfully, the insurance cushion was well in place since the ninth inning continued to be dicey for the Reds.  Danny Ray Herrera started the inning, and promptly surrendered Corey Hart's second home run of the game.  Gregg Zaun doubled, and pinch hitter Craig Counsell drove him in with a single.  Dusty brought in Francisco Cordero to get the last two outs, which he did, but it was close.  Counsell went to second on defensive indifference, and then to third on Alcides Escobar's infield hit.  Escobar then stole second to put runners at second and third with two outs and Ryan Braun at the plate representing the tying run.  Thankfully, he flied out to Jay Bruce.  Reds win, 6-3.
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Other Notes

  • The Reds are still an aggressive team at the plate.  Only one player, Scott Rolen, saw more than twenty pitches in the game (25) whereas three Brewers saw at least that many (Weeks - 22, Braun - 21, Gerut - 23).
  • Orlando Cabrera has a ten game hitting streak, the longest by a Red this year.
  • The Brewers have lost seven in a row.  Manny Parra will be starting the game tomorrow.
  • The Reds had gone eleven straight games without an error before Phillips made one tonight.
  • Francisco Cordero is one save away from tying Matt Capps for the most saves in the majors.  He's five away from tying Bob Wickman on the all-time saves list.
  • This is the first time the Reds have been in first place for multiple days since April 2007, and the latest into a season they've had first place to themselves since 2006.

  • Final - 5.17.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Milwaukee Brewers 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 12 0
    Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 X 6 9 1
    WP: Johnny Cueto (3 - 1)
    SV: Francisco Cordero (13)
    LP: Todd Coffey (1 - 1)

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