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There was something in the air that night, the stars were bright, Orlando! They were shining there for you and me, for liberty, Orlando! Though I never thought that we could lose! If I had to do the same again, I would, my friend, Orlando!

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Reds win, 5-4!

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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Orlando Cabrera.  In addition to Lando automatically winning JNMHSotG honors with his extra inning walkoff home run, he also went 3-5 at the dish with 2 RBI, reclaiming the team lead in that category.  I really wanted to name Jonny Gomes player of the game, because he also had a home run, and on Cinco de Mayo, who else looks better in a sombrero.  Instead, he just gets Honorable Mention.

Key Plays

  • Johnny Cueto began the game by striking out the side, but things quicky regressed.  In the third inning, Gary Matthews, Jr. and Henry Blanco both singled, then advanced a base on Jon Niese's sacrifice bunt.  Cueto walked Angel Pagan to load the bases but then walked Alex Cora to force in a run.  Thankfully, with the bases loaded and one out, Jose Reyes and Jason Bay both flew out to right.  Mets lead, 1-0.
  • The Reds offense got on track in the fourth inning, as Jay Bruce, Jonny Gomes, and Ramon Hernandez all singled, with Bruce scoring on Hernandez's hit.  One out later, Johnny Cueto beat out an infield hit and the bases were loaded.  Strugglin' Drew Stubbs struck out, but Orlando Cabrera got a single.  Gomes scored, but Hernandez ran through Mark Berry's stop sign and was thrown out at the plate.  Reds lead, 2-1.
  • With one out in the fifth inning, Angel Pagan bunted for a single and went to third on Alex Cora's double.  Cueto had runners on second and third with one out and was facing Reyes and Bay.  He got both of them out, but Pagan scored on Reyes's grounder.  Game tied, 2-2.
  • In the bottom of the fifth, Joey Votto singled.  He's been far more daring on the basepaths this season, and took off for second.  Unfortunately, he was thrown out, and it was doubly unfortunate because then Brandon Phillips homered.  Jonny Gomes also homered in the inning, and the Reds led, 4-2.
  • This series was a scrappy back and forth affair throughout, so naturally David Wright homered right away.  Reds lead, 4-3.
  • Francisco Cordero, who pitched in every game of this series, came out for the ninth.  Immediately, pinch hitter Frank Catalanatto singled.  Luis Castillo moved him to second on a sac bunt, and Angel Pagan singled to put runners on the corners.  Jeff Francoeur then hit a ball to the warning track and Catalanatto scored easily, as the game headed into extra innings.  Game tied, 4-4.
  • ORLANDO CABRERA HIT A HOME RUN IN THE TENTH INNING!  REDS WIN, 5-4!
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Other Notes

  • The Reds and Mets hit a combined 11 home runs in the three game series.  All were solo shots.  The winning run in each game came from a home run.
  • Since his home run to open the series, Drew Stubbs went 0-14 with three strikeouts and no walks.  He also had an error.

  • Final - 5.5.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
    New York Mets 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 4 10 0
    Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 5 13 0
    WP: Micah Owings (3 - 0)
    LP: Pedro Feliciano (1 - 1)

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