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Still finding ways to beat the Pirates! Reds win 4-0.

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Well, he almost made it.
Well, he almost made it.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Bronson Arroyo pitched seven and two-thirds innings, giving up five hits, two walks, and no runs.  He also struck out the side in the third, though he didn't strike out any other batters.

 

Key Plays

  • The Reds loaded the bases with one out in the 2nd inning on a Drew Stubbs single, a Ryan Hanigan walk, and a beautiful bunt hit by Arroyo.  Orlando Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly to plate Stubbs, and the Reds were up 1-0.
  • The next batter, Miguel Cairo, hit a sharp single to right, and Mark Berry sent Ryan Hanigan home.  He was tagged out to end the inning.
  • Cairo hit a solo HR in the fifth.  Yeah, I don't know how that happened either.
  • Hanigan singled with one out in the sixth, Arroyo bunted him over, and Cabrera singled him in.  This time it wasn't close.  Reds lead, 3-0.
  • Arroyo left with a runner on first and two outs in the eighth after two long ABs.  Nick Masset then loaded the bases, but Daniel Ray Herrera struck out Garrett Jones to end the threat.
  • Chris Heisey pinch hit for DRH and hit a home run to left center!  Reds up 4-0.
  • Dusty insisted on using Francisco Cordero in the ninth since, as we all know, he needed the work.  He threw 18 pitches, struck out one, walked one, and got two groundouts to finish off the shutout.

Other Notes

  • Miguel Cairo had a good night.  He went 2 for 4 with a HR and a HBP.  He did strike out in his other two ABs, though...
  • Nick Masset did not have a good night.  He allowed a single, threw a wild pitch to move the runners to second and third, and walked the second batter he faced to load the bases with two outs.  DRH worked out of the jam, though, to maintain the shutout for Bronson.
  • Brandon Phillips made a phenomenal play in the 7th, timing perfectly a leaping grab of a Lastings Milledge liner.  Thom said he has "hops."  Gapper helpfully provided a link to the highlight video.
  • This is the third shutout thrown this season by Reds pitchers.  All three have come against the Pirates.