Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Jose Arredondo. A lot of players had very good games today, but there's not one standout great player. So instead, we're going with the feelgood story of Jose Arredondo making his return to the major leagues and throwing a perfect inning of relief. Honorable mentions go to Ramon Hernandez (2-4 with yet another home run), Chris Heisey (a pinch hit home run that ended up being more necessary than initially thought), and Travis Wood (not a pretty outing, but six innings and only two runs allowed). And a very special tip of the cap to Francisco Cordero who finally closed this game out and showed some passion and swagger while doing so.
- The promise of a sweep was tantalizing, but everyone knew that the Cardinals are always tough to beat. So when noted Reds killer Lance Berkman and Yadier Molina hit back to back home runs off Travis Wood in the second inning, things looked a little grim. Cardinals lead, 2-0.
- Like he did in last night's contest, Ramon Hernandez homered to lead off the bottom of the third. Cardinals lead, 2-1.
- Although the Cardinals are a respectable team, their defense isn't. In the fourth inning, Jay Bruce singled with one out, and Scott Rolen singled on a fly ball to Jon Jay. Jay made a throwing error, allowing Bruce to score all the way from first, and Rolen went to third. Fred Lewis grounded out, but it was enough for Rolen to score. Reds lead, 3-2.
- Travis Wood wasn't sharp, but he got outs when he needed to and his defense backed him up with some double plays. Unfortunately for Chris Carpenter, he couldn't say the same. In the sixth inning, Brandon Phillips reached on a fielding error by Albert Pujols, and then Scott Rolen hit a ball into the right field corner that Lance Berkman had trouble getting to. Rolen ended up on third with a triple and Phillips scored. Reds lead, 4-2.
- Although Carpenter wasn't effective today, he still went out to pitch the seventh inning. Pinch hitter Miguel Cairo worked a walk and Drew Stubbs singled. Paul Janish bunted the pair of them over a base, and Carpenter intentionally walked Joey Votto, loading the bases for Brandon Phillips, the brash second baseman that is hated by St. Louis. Well, he's loved by Cincinnati, because of things like the double he hit in this situation. Cairo and Stubbs scored. Trever Miller replaced Carpenter, but immediately gave up a double to Jay Bruce. Votto and Phillips both scored. Reds lead, 8-2.
- At a time when it seemed like just piling on, pinch hitter Chris Heisey hit a home run in the eighth inning. Reds lead, 9-2.
- St. Louis is named after Louis IX of France, in this game the ninth definitely belonged to St. Louis. Aroldis Chapman came in to see if he had solved the control problems that have been ailing him. It's safe to say he hasn't. Chapman walked Lance Berkman and Yadier Molina. Tyler Greene hit a long fly ball for an out, but he probably shouldn't have even swung the bat. Chapman walked the pinch hitter Gerald Laird to load the bases, and then walked Allen Craig, forcing in Lance Berkman. Nick Massett came in to staunch the bleeding, but quickly rediscovered his April form and gave up a double to Ryan Theriot. Molina and Laird scored. Francisco Cordero came in to finish things up, but not before first allowing Nick Punto to double. Allen Craig and Ryan Theriot scored. Cordero then hit Albert Pujols in the hand with a pitch, bringing up the go-ahead run in the form of Matt Holliday, the man with the highest batting average in the majors. Holliday grounded into a fielder's choice. It probably should have been a double play, but Joey Votto couldn't handle the relay throw from Brandon Phillips. Cordero then struck out Lance Berkman (who had began the inning) to end the game. Reds win, 9-7.
- Chris Carpenter had not lost to the Reds in 11 straight starts. This mini-Oswaltian streak is now over.
- This was the first time the Reds had swept the Cardinals in Cincinnati since Sept. 11-13, 2007. It's also the first time the Cardinals have been swept this season.
- Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols went a combined 0-9.
- Chris Heisey has a 1.056 OPS as a pinch hitter in his career, versus a .653 OPS as a starter.
- The Reds have had six straight games of ten or more hits. Drew Stubbs has a personal streak of reaching base multiple times in a game in eight straight games.
- Aroldis Chapman has only recorded one out in the month of May. He had not allowed an earned run until April 30, but now has an ERA of 6.92. He has 12 walks in his last 1.1 innings pitched.
- Jose Arredondo was pitching in the majors for the first time since Oct. 1, 2009.
- The Reds are 18-10 against the NL Central.
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|WP: Travis Wood (3 - 3)
SV: Francisco Cordero (7)
LP: Chris Carpenter (1 - 3)