Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Joey Votto. In a bit of a controversial decision, Jo-eh gets the honor today. His three run homer in the seventh inning rescued the game for the Reds. Otherwise, the day belongs to Mike Leake who showed his performance is not due to unfamiliarity as he faced a team for the second time and still pitched excellently. Other honorable mentions go to Ramon Hernandez and Jay Bruce.
- In the second inning, Jay Bruce led off the inning with a double. Recent Cubs nemesis Jonny Gomes then strode to the plate, weilding his Momma Gomes bat. Many commenters on Bleed Cubbie Blue were advocating a plunking for Gomes, but Jonny challenged them. "Do you wanna bang heads with me?" Boom. Double to score Bruce. Then, Drew Stubbs showed bunt to draw in the third baseman, and Gomes cleverly stole third. Stubbs then grounded out, but Gomes was able to score. The Reds almost opened up a very big inning as Ramon Hernandez singled, and ended up on third when Mike Leake's sacrfice bunt attempt was thrown into right field by Ryan Dempster. With Hernandez and Leake in scoring position, Orlando Cabrera popped up and Brandon Phillips struck out. Reds lead, 2-0.
- In the fourth inning, Kosuke Fukudome walked, the first Cubs baserunner of the game. Derrek Lee then promptly grounded into a double play.
- With a no-hitter through five innings, Starlin Castro got an infield hit. So close to magic!
- But how quickly magic can become misery! With two outs in the seventh inning, Marlon Byrd doubled to centerfield, and went to third on Aramis Ramirez's infield single. The normally cool Leake then threw a wild pitch and Byrd slid home with a run. Then Tyler Colvin hit a line drive that kept carrying into the stands, and suddenly the Cubs were winning a game in which they'd been dominated, 3-2.
- In the bottom of the seventh, Clutch Man Monie hit a double to get things started. Dusty let Leake bat for himself and asked him to move Hernandez to third with a bunt. Unfortunately, Koyie Hill's throw to third after fielding the bunt was in time to erase the slow-footed Ramon. Orlando Cabrera singled though, and runners were on first and second. Chris Heisey entered as a pinch runner for Leake, which struck most of us as odd timing. No matter though, because Joey Votto absolutely crushed a home run to put the Reds back up, 5-3.
- Ryan Dempster has never won in 27 appearances at Great American Ball Park. Those who remember the 2003 Reds team will not be surprised.
- As Daedalus pointed out, Votto has 60 career home runs, and 14 of those are against the Cubs. The next most he has against any one team is 8 against the Brewers. What a Cubs killer!
- Jonny Gomes has a .529/.529/.824 line in his last four games, good for a 1.353 OPS.
- The Reds won back to back games for the first time in May. They've won 4 of 6 on this latest homestand, and now head to Pittsburgh where they were ignominiously swept earlier this year.
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|WP: Mike Leake (3 - 0)
SV: Francisco Cordero (10)
LP: Ryan Dempster (2 - 3)