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Homesick. Because I no longer know where home is. Reds lose, 5-4.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Drew Stubbs.  The leadoff man went 1-2 with a home run, two runs scored, and two walks.   He also stole a base.  Honorable mentions go to Brandon Phillips and Logan Ondrusek.

Key Plays

  • In what has become self-parody, a Reds starter once again gave up a first inning home run.  This time it was Sam LeCure serving up the meatball to former-Scarlett-Johansson-spouse Ryan Roberts.  Diamondbacks lead, 1-0.
  • The Reds got that run back in the second inning when Jonny Gomes doubled.  Ryan Hanigan walked, blatantly stealing Gomes's schtick, so Gomes stole Stubbs's thing and stole third.  Paul Janish hit a fly ball that was deep enough to allow Gomes to tag and score.  Game tied, 1-1.
  • The next inning, Armando Galarraga - the pitcher - homered.  Diamondbacks lead, 2-1.
  • Galarraga taketh away, but he also giveth.  Drew Stubbs homered in the bottom of the third, and Brandon Phillips doubled.  He was driven in by a Scott Rolen double.  Reds lead, 3-2.
  • Sam LeCure was in for some more damage in the fifth inning, but actually caught a couple of breaks.  Gerardo Parra started the inning with a double, but then was caught going to third on a fielder's choice.  With Juan Miranda on first, Armando Galarraga hit a single, and Jay Bruce threw out Miranda attempting to go to third.  The Reds were fortunate to erase those two baserunners, because then Kelly Johnson homered.  Ryan Roberts also hit what looked like a home run, but the review ruled that it was merely a triple.  Roberts then was stranded when Justin Upton grounded out.  Diamondbacks lead, 4-3.
  • Stephen Drew homered in the sixth inning, the fourth home run LeCure had allowed.  Diamondbacks lead, 5-3.
  • The Reds looked like they might get something going against Daniel Hernandez in the eighth.  Drew Stubbs led off with a walk, then stole second and went to third on the catcher's throwing error.  Brandon Phillips, in his return to the lineup, singled and brought in Stubbs.  But then Joey Votto, Scott Rolen, and Jay Bruce all went down meekly and the threat was over.  Diamondbacks win, 5-4.



Other Notes

  • The boxscore on disagrees with the boxscore on It says that Roberts hit two home runs and that Kelly Johnson homered in the third (instead of Galarraga), not the fifth, and that Chris Young homered in the sixth, not Stephen Drew.  I'll be honest, I wasn't really paying attention to the game.  I'll leave my version up because alternate history is fun, but the bottom line is that Sam LeCure gave up four home runs.
  • Reds starters have allowed at least five runs for the third game in a row.
  • The Reds are 1-5 in their last six games, 4-8 in their last 12, and one game above .500 for the first time since Opening Day.
  • Sam LeCure's first inning ERA of 9.00 in this game lowers the first inning ERA of the starting rotation rather significantly.



Final - 4.19.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona Diamondbacks 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 5 10 1
Cincinnati Reds 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 5 0
WP: Armando Galarraga (3 - 0)
SV: J.J. Putz (4)
LP: Sam LeCure (0 - 1)

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