Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
- The Reds struck again in the sixth. Cueto reached on an error by Utley and was followed by singles from Phillips and Cabrera to load the bases with no outs. A Votto single and Rolen sac fly plated another two runs. Reds lead 4-0.
- The Phillies scored their first run in the seventh. Though Cueto was helped by his defense throughout the game, it let him down here when Ryan Howard hit a triple to deep center that was misplayed by Stubbs. Raul Ibanez then singled him home. Reds lead 4-1.
- But the Reds got the run back plus one in the bottom of the seventh. Stubbs singled to lead off the inning and then scored on a well-executed hit-and-run from Ramon Hernandez. Cabrera would later drive Hernandez in from third, giving the Reds a 6-1 advantage.
- The Reds added another run in the eigth. Jay Bruce smoked a double to lead off the inning and was followed by a Stubbs walk. After Ramon sacrificed them, Chris Heisey pinch hit for Cueto (who was at 110 pitches after 8) and hit a sac fly. Reds 7, Phills 1.
- Bill Bray came in for Cueto. He quickly got Juan Castro and Ryan Howard out, but then allowed a single to Jayson Werth and a HR to Raul Ibanez. But he rebounded to strike out the well-traveled Dane Sardinha. Reds win, 7-3.
- Joey Votto went 3 for 4 to continue his on-base streak to 36 games and flex his muscles in front of the selector of the NL all-star team. Brandon Phillips was only 1 for 5, but started a great double play early in the game off an Ibanez shot.
- Bill Bray got up to 92 on his fastball, per GameDay. I think that's a little slower than what we saw from him before, but given the layoff it's more than understandable. Hopefully he learned something from the slider he hung to Ibanez.
- Reds stay in first place for at least another day. As of now, St. Louis is losing 5-2 to Arizona. Per ESPN, the Reds haven't been in first this late in the year since '99. Phirst place!