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Now if I seem to be afraid to live the life that I have made in song, well it's just that I've been losing... so long. Reds win, 7-2.

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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Jay Bruce.  Bruce wasn't originally in the lineup, but asked Dusty to be included.  Thankfully, the skipper listened to him and Bruce made his return to the team in the same way he left it - scorching hot.  Bruce went 3-4 with two runs, 4 RBI, and home runs in his first two at bats.  With production like that, it sure does seem to put the hand-wringing over our offense firmly in the rearview, doesn't it?  Honorable mentions go to Joey Votto, Drew Stubbs, Ryan Church, and Bill Bray.

Key Plays

  • Bronson Arroyo looked like he was in trouble in the second inning.  He gave up a leadoff home run to Miguel Montero, then another home run to the next batter, Ryan Chuch.  Diamondbacks lead, 2-0.
  • Turns out that the balls were just flying out of the ballpark tonight.  Jay Bruce socked a dinger in his first at-bat back from injury, and then Drew Stubbs also homered.  Back to back back to backs.  Game tied, 2-2.
  • In the third inning, Joey Votto decided to get in on the longball action and homered with one out.  Scott Rolen singled, and one batter later, Bruce hit his second home run of the game.  Wow.  Reds lead, 5-2.
  • To prove just how ludicrous this game was, Orlando Cabrera homered in the fifth inning off of Leo Rosales.  Apparently straining your oblique is great for your power.  Put in Edmonds!  Reds lead, 6-2.
  • Cabrera led off the seventh inning with a double off of D.J. Carrasco.  Joey Votto flew out, Scott Rolen grounded out (which advanced Cabrera to third), and Jonny Gomes walked.  Jordan Norberto came in to face Jay Bruce, and succeeded wildly by merely holding him to an RBI single.  Reds win, 7-2.

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Other Notes

  • The Reds will have a winning season.
  • The last time the Reds had a winning season, Jack McKeon was the manager.  Our lineup consisted of Benito Santiago, Sean Casey, Pokey Reese, Barry Larkin, Aaron Boone, Dmitri Young, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Dante Bichette.  Not one of these people is still active.
  • Bronson Arroyo got his fifteenth win of the season, tied for a career high and the third year in a row that he's won that many.  He also struck out eight batters, a season high, and walked none.
  • Jay Bruce has hit seven home runs in his last five games.  He's 11-19 in that stretch, a .579 batting average.  He's slugging 1.684.
  • Bruce's second homer was the 20th of the season, meaning he's hit 20 home runs or more in each of his first three seasons.  He has 63 career home runs and 19 career multi-homer games, which means roughly two thirds of his home runs have come in pairs or triplicate.
  • Bill Bray and Rusty Ryal engaged in a 16 pitch battle before Bray finally struck out the Arizona batter.
  • A sick child met with the Reds before the game, and Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, and Drew Stubbs all promised to hit home runs for him.  They all did.
  • The crowd of 12,061 was the smallest of the season.