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Joke's on you when that Yellowstone caldera blows, Rockies. Reds lose, 6-5.

The fire alarm went off at the Reds hotel at 7:00 AM, which might explain why the team was sleepwalking late in the game.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Troy Tulowitzki.  Somewhat amazingly, no Rockies player had more than one hit tonight, but Tulowitzki's hit was a home run.  He also scored two runs and helped turn two double plays.  Honorable mentions go to Ramon Hernandez, Jason Giambi, and Aroldis Chapman.

Key Plays

  • The Reds finally got some offense going in this series, and came out strong against Jason HammelBrandon Phillips hit a one out single in the first inning, then stole second.  Successfully!  A wild pitch by Hammel moved Phillips to third, and then Joey Votto hit an innocuous grounder to the pitcher.  He was thrown out, but Phillips came home to score, which meant that Votto got his one hundredth RBI of the season.  Reds lead, 1-0.
  • Things looked very good in the second inning.  Jonny Gomes led off with a single, and then Ramon Hernandez hit a double to left.  When Carlos Gonzalez had trouble fielding the ball, Gomes came home just ahead of the throw.  Another wild pitch from Hammel sent Hernandez to third, and Paul Janish's single drove him in.  Then Drew Stubbs hit a two out home run that just cleared the wall above Carlos Gonzalez's glove.  Reds lead, 5-0.
  • Travis Wood was pitching well for the Reds, but ran into some trouble in the fourth inning.  With one out, he walked Troy Tulowitzki.  Then Jason Giambi worked a nine pitch at-bat before depositing the final pitch in the center field seats.  Reds lead, 5-2.
  • In the fifth inning, Wood surrendered a two out walk to Eric Young, Jr. on a full count.  Then Dexter Fowler, who sounds like a Duck Tales character, hit a run scoring double.  Reds lead, 5-3.
  • The Reds looked to reclaim some of their lead in the sixth inning, with runners on the corners and one out, but Chris Heisey grounded into a double play.
  • Logan Ondrusek pitched a great inning of relief, and Dusty Baker thought it would be a good idea to let him hit for himself (struck out) and then pitch the seventh.  Ondrusek got in quick trouble by walking Ryan Spilborghs and giving up a double to Chris Ianetta.  With runners on second and third and no outs, Dusty brought in Aroldis Chapman.  Pinch hitter Jonathan Herrera hit a grounder to first base, and Joey Votto threw home.  The throw seemed to be in time to nail Spilborghs, but the umpire called him safe.  Still faced with no outs, Chapman struck out Eric Young, Jr., but walked Dexter Fowler.  Then the dangerous Carlos Gonzalez grounded into an inning ending double play.  Reds lead, 5-4.
  • Nick Masset pitched the eighth inning, but was far from the dominant pitcher he'd been recently.  The first batter he faced was Troy Tulowitzki, and the Witz Kid homered to tie the game.  Jason Giambi walked and was replaced by pinch runner Chris NelsonMelvin Mora hit a grounder to Joey Votto, but the first baseman's throw to the covering Masset was wild, and Nelson ended up on third.  After striking out Spilborghs, Masset turned his back as Nelson made a dash for home.  His straight steal was successful.  Rockies win, 6-5.



Other Notes

  • This was the first time an opponent has stolen home against the Reds in 11 years.
  • The Reds haven't won in Coors Field since Aug. 22, 2008.  Aaron Harang was the winning pitcher.  The Rockies are 19-3 in their past 22 games overall against the Reds.
  • Joey Votto reached 100 RBI for the season with 22 games still to go.  He's the first Red to get that many since Adam Dunn got 106 in 2007, and the first Reds first baseman to get that many since Tony Perez had 109 in 1975.
  • The Rockies have won seven games in a row, and Troy Tulowitzki has homered six times in those games.
  • The Reds hit into seven double plays during this series.  Worth noting though is that the Rockies also hit into five.



Final - 9.9.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati Reds 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 10 1
Colorado Rockies 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 2 X 6 7 0
WP: Matt Belisle (7 - 5)
SV: Huston Street (17)
LP: Nick Masset (3 - 4)

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