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Reds use memorial day to honor the memories of Schottzie and Schottzie 2 by taking a big dump on the field. Cardinals win, 12-4.

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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Jaime Garcia.  I hate to do it, but he pitched six strong innings, only allowing two earned runs and striking out six.  He also went 2-2 at the plate with a walk and scored two runs.  Honorable mentions go to Colby Rasmus (ugh), Felipe Lopez, and Ryan Ludwick.

Key Plays

  • The Reds got off to a very promising start.  With two outs in the first inning, Brandon Phillips singled and went to third on Scott Rolen's single.  Rolen went to second on the throw, and both of them scored on Jonny Gomes's single.  Reds lead, 2-0.
  • The Cardinals pulled a run back in the second inning when Colby Rasmus doubled, went to third on Yadier Molina's grounder, and scored on Skip Schumaker's sacrifice fly.  Reds lead, 2-1.
  • After the third inning, the game was delayed by rain for an hour.  Both starters came back, but it seemed like an especially bad idea for one of them.  At first blush, it might have seemed like that was Jaime Garcia.  Drew Stubbs reached on an error in the fourth inning and went from first to third on Bronson Arroyo's single.  Orlando Cabrera singled and Stubbs scored, but then Miguel Cairo grounded into an inning ending double play.  Reds lead, 3-1.
  • But no, Bronson was not sharp on the mound.  He'd been allowing baserunners even before the rain delay, but now they began to score.  A lot.  With two outs in the fourth, he walked Jaime Garcia, and Felipe Lopez singled, sending Garcia to third.  Ryan Ludwick then singled and ended up on second on the throw with Garcia scoring and Lopez on third.  Arroyo wisely walked Albert Pujols, but Matt Holliday hit a two run double.  Cardinals lead, 4-3.
  • In the fifth inning, Arroyo walked Rasmus, who went to second on Molina's grounder and home on Schumaker's single.  Schumaker showed that the Cardinals were as adept as the Reds at taking the extra base by going from first to third on Garcia's single.  They both scored when Felipe Lopez doubled.  Finally, Dusty Baker relieved Arroyo with Carlos Fisher, who walked Ryan Ludwick but got Pujols to hit into a double play.  Cardinals lead, 7-3.
  • Fisher didn't last long though.  He got one out in the sixth, then gave up a double to David Freese and a run scoring single to Colby Rasmus.  Fisher got wild, uncorking a wild pitch and back to back walks to Molina and Schumaker.  With the bases loaded, Mike Lincoln entered the game.  Pinch hitter Jon Jay hit a ground rule double to bring in Rasmus and Molina, and Felipe Lopez walked to once again load the bases.  Ryan Ludwick hit a sacrifice fly, and Albert Pujols's single brought Jay around to score.  Cardinals lead 12-3.
  • Cincinnati got a consolation run back in the eighth when Drew Stubbs tripled and scored on Ramon Hernandez's grounder.  Cardinals win, 12-4.

 

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Other Notes

  • Arroyo's loss was the first by a starter in ten decisions, the longest winning streak for a Reds staff since 1985.
  • Even though they lost today, the Reds won 18 games in May, the most in a month since 2004.
  • Joey Votto has missed six games, but took batting practice today.  Miguel Cairo has gone 12-28, a .429 average in his place, but flubbed some balls hit his way today.
  • The three runs surrendered by Garcia were the first he's allowed in St. Louis this year.

  • Final - 5.31.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cincinnati Reds 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 9 1
    St. Louis Cardinals 0 1 0 3 3 5 0 0 X 12 16 1
    WP: Jaime Garcia (5 - 2)
    LP: Bronson Arroyo (5 - 3)

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