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Gome-a Girl and the Excitement Gang! Reds win, 6-1.

If you double Aroldis Chapman's uniform number, you get 108.  What do you want to bet that he throws a baseball that fast one day?  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
If you double Aroldis Chapman's uniform number, you get 108. What do you want to bet that he throws a baseball that fast one day? (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Joey Votto.  The reigning MVP walked three times and scored two runs.  Jonny Gomes, in a fit of pique, screamed that if this was anyone besides Rickey Henderson, they were stealing his bit!  Honorable mentions go to Bronson Arroyo and Bill Bray.

Key Plays

  • I was crawling through a stadium way out west, thinking about love and the acid test.  But first I got real dizzy with a real rocking team.  The Reds were facing Daniel Hudson, a pitcher who makes his bones throwing quality starts.  He was on his game tonight as well, but the Reds were lucky to get to him early on.  In the first inning, the hot-hitting Brandon Phillips got a one out single, and Joey Votto walked.  Scott Rolen lined a single to right and BP scored.  Jonny Gomes got his now-customary walk, loading the bases.  Jay Bruce then hit a high fly to center which Chris Young caught.  The runners tagged and started to advance, but Young's throw was cut off by Russell Branyan, who threw to third to get Rolen to complete the double play.  Fortunately, Votto had crossed the plate first, so the Reds led, 2-0.
  • Hudson settled down and shut the Reds down from then on, but Bronson Arroyo was just as sharp.  The man with mono threw five shutout innings before the Diamondbacks touched him up for an unearned run in the sixth.  Chris Young singled with one out, and Bronson's errant pickoff throw allowed him to move to third.  One out later, Melvin Mora drove him in with a single.  Gerardo Parra's soft roller threatened to extend the inning, but Brandon Phillips made a very nice bare-handed scoop and throw to get him at first and end the inning.
  • The Reds had the lead, but it was only one run and Francisco Cordero loomed in the bullpen.  Juan Gutierrez faced them in the ninth, and walked Joey Votto to start things off.  Scott Rolen hit a comebacker double play ball, but Gutierrez threw it away, and everyone was safe and in scoring position.  Jonny Gomes then hit a screamer that deflected off of Melvin Mora, and Votto and Rolen scored.  Gomes went to third when the Diamondbacks made yet another defensive miscue, this time Miguel Montero's pickoff throw being wild.  The scuffling Jay Bruce struck out, but Ryan Hanigan singled to drive in Gomes.  Paul Janish reached on Stephen Drew's error, and then new pitcher Sam Demel gave up a single to Chis Heisey.  Hanigan scored, and Cordero's perfect ninth inning sealed the deal.  Reds win, 6-1.



Other Notes

  • Paul Janish went 1-4, lowering his batting average to .423. It's still the fourth highest BA in the NL.
  • Jonny Gomes has 11 walks, most in the majors (Kevin Youkilis, the Greek deity of that particular stat, is second with 9).  For this reason, Gomes still has a .464 OBP despite his .167 average.  It's the second highest OBP on the team after Joey Votto.
  • Somewhat improbably, Miguel Montero is leading the NL in OPS.  Spring stats are so much fun!



Final - 4.9.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati Reds 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 6 1
Arizona Diamondbacks 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 9 3
WP: Bronson Arroyo (2 - 0)
LP: Daniel Hudson (0 - 2)

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