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Losers No More! Reds win, 5-4.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Joey Votto.  In accordance with recap policy, walk off home runs automatically earn you the coveted JNMHSotG.  Joey was quiet during most of the game, but when the Reds were able to get into extra innings, everyone knew that Votto would end it.  And so he did.  He also walked twice.  Honorable mentions go to Edinson Volquez, Drew Stubbs, Scott Rolen, and Francisco Cordero.

Key Plays

  • In the second inning, the Reds looked set to take command of the game.  Scott Rolen led off with a double off of Charlie Morton, and Jonny Gomes sent him to third with a single.  Morton then hit Ramon Hernandez to load the bases with no outs.  Drew Stubbs hit a sacrifice fly to score Rolen.  Good enough.  But then Miguel Cairo grounded into an all too familiar double play.  Reds lead, 1-0.
  • The lead wasn't much, but it was more than enough for Edinson Volquez.  In his first start back from a rehab in Dayton, the righthander mowed through the Pirates, striking out ten and at one point retiring 19 Buccos in a row.
  • Charlie Morton came into the game with an ERA over 9.00 and a WHIP over 2.00.  Still, it took until the seventh inning to really do much damage against him.  That inning began like the second, with a double by Rolen and a single by Gomes to send him to third.  This time, Ramon Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly, bringing in Rolen.  Drew Stubbs singled and Gomes went to third.  Chris Resop relieved Morton, but Miguel Cairo was able to hit a ball deep enough to bring in Gomes.  Reds lead, 3-0.
  • The Reds had enjoyed a lead, then a bullpen meltdown before winning in extra innings last night.  They stuck to the same script tonight.  In the eighth inning, Nick Masset struck out Ryan Doumit, but then gave up a single to Ronny Cedeno.  Cedeno was the first Pirate since the first inning to reach first base, a streak of twenty batters.  Pinch hitter John Bowker hit a double, his first hit for the Pirates, and it was enough to bring Cedeno home.  Masset got pinch hitter Delwyn Young to ground out, but Bowker went to third.  He walked Andrew McCutchen, and Jose Tabata singled, scoring Bowker and tying the game bringing the Pirates to within one.  Aroldis Chapman came in to relieve Masset, then promptly allowed a double steal.  With runners now on second and third, Neil Walker singled and both McCutchen and Tabata scored.  Pirates lead, 4-3.
  • After stranding two runners in the eighth, the Reds were down to their final chance in the ninth inning.  Ramon Hernandez singled off Joel Hanrahan and was replaced by pinch runner Chris Valaika.  But Drew Stubbs made a poor bunt and Valaika was thrown out at second.  No matter.  Chris Heisey laced a double just inside the third base bag and Stubbs flew around the bases to score the tying run.  Game tied, 4-4.
  • Joey Votto homered off of Justin Thomas in the tenth inning.  Reds win, 5-4.



Other Notes

  • The Reds won their 81st game of the year, assuring that they will not finish the season with a losing record for the first time since 2000.
  • Edinson Volquez struck out ten batters, the highest amount in a game for a Reds pitcher this season.
  • Somewhat amazingly, it was Joey Votto's first walk off home run of his career.
  • Aroldis Chapman still has not been charged with an earned run.
  • Miguel Cabrera Cairo started in right field for only the third time in his career, and first since 2005.  Remember when Jolbert Cabrera played shortstop, or Drew Sutton played left field, or Javier Valentin played third base?
  • The Pirates have only won 14 games on the road all year.
  • Alex Gonzalez hit an extra innings walk off home run as well, leading the Braves to a victory over the Cardinals.  Thus, the Reds lead in the division is back to seven games, and their magic number is 15.



Final - 9.11.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 5 1
Cincinnati Reds 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 5 10 0
WP: Francisco Cordero (6 - 4)
LP: Justin Thomas (0 - 1)

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