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Mike Leake gets a good look at his Rookie of the Year competition. Reds lose, 5-4.

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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Jason Heyward.  The 20 year old phenom went 3-5 with two doubles and a triple, including the game-winning hit.  Uh, that's pretty good.  Honorable mention goes to Scott Rolen, Chris Heisey, and Brian McCann.

Key Plays

  • Aaron Harang got victimized by his old nemeses - home runs and lack of run support.  In the first inning, he gave up back to back one out doubles to Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones.  Then Brian McCann hit a dinger, and the Braves were leading, 3-0.
  • The Reds were victimized by one of the vagaries of baseball in the third inning.  Brandon Phillips walked, and Scott Rolen blasted a ball that ended up going for a ground rule double.  Phillips might have been able to score on the play, but since he was only allowed to advance two bases, he was left stranded when Jay Bruce flied out to center to end the inning.
  • In the fifth, Aaron Harang tried to help his own cause by doubling to start the inning, then moving to third on Orlando Cabrera's groundout.  But Phillips grounded out to first and Joey Votto struck out.
  • The Braves showed the Reds how to drive in a runner on third in the bottom of the inning.  Jason Heyward tripled, and Chipper Jones singled him in.  Braves lead, 4-0.
  • The Reds are a never-say-die team, and they showed it in the eighth inning.  With one out, Brandon Phillips doubled off of Takashi Saito, and Votto moved him to third with a single.  Then Scott Rolen drove them both in with his second double of the game.  Deputy Mayor Eric O'Flaherty came in in relief and struck out Jay Bruce, but walked Jonny Gomes.  Then Drew Stubbs singled to drive in Rolen.  Braves lead, 4-3.
  • In the ninth inning, pinch hitter Chris Heisey homered off of Billy Wagner to tie the game, and it looked like the Reds would do it again.  Orlando Cabrera singled and Phillips sacrificed him to second.  The wisdom of giving up an out in the ninth to move the runner from first to second can be debated, but at least it prevented Phillips from grounding into a double play.  Wagner walked Votto, but then managed to strike out Rolen and Bruce.  Game tied, 4-4.
  • All the Reds needed to do was keep the Braves from scoring and the game would go into extra innings, where the Reds are undefeated this year.  Nick Masset got two quick outs, and things were looking good.  But Martin Prado singled, and then Jason Heyward doubled to deep right.  Prado scored, and the Reds lost, 5-4.

 

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Other Notes

  • The Reds didn't score any runs off of starter Kenshin Kawakami, who had a 5.79 ERA entering the game, and a 1.47 WHIP.
  • Aaron Harang has issued nearly as many home runs (10) as walks (11) this season.
  • Chris Heisey is OPSing 1.332 this season, which is impressive considering he started his career 0-7.
  • St. Louis is losing 4-0 in the bottom of the 8th.

 

 


Final - 5.19.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 4 11 0
Atlanta Braves 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 11 0
WP: Billy Wagner (4 - 0)
LP: Nick Masset (3 - 2)

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