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Does anyone remember laughter? Reds win, 7-4.

If you don't, all you had to do was check out the sixth inning.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Francisco Cordero.  Coco pitched for the fourth consecutive game, and was absolutely lights out.  He retired all three Cubs he faced and earned his eighth save of the season.  Honorable mentions go to Jonny Gomes (home run!) and Drew Stubbs (who has reached base multiple times for the ninth straight game, and also threw out Alfonso Soriano at the plate).

Key Plays

  • After striking out Kosuke Fukudome to start the game, Homer Bailey walked the bases loaded.  Shades of Aroldis Chapman?  Perhaps, because Bailey recovered to strike out Alfonso Soriano and Marlon Byrd, stranding all the runners.
  • In the fifth inning, Homer gave up back to back singles to Carlos Pena and the improbably named Koyie Hill.  With runners on the corners, Carlos Zambrano hit a grounder to third base.  Scott Rolen threw home to try and nail Pena, but the throw skipped by Ryan Hanigan.  Pena scored, and Hill and Zambrano were on third and second.  Kosuke Fukudome then grounded to Rolen, and this time his throw home did nail the runner.  But he couldn't do anything about Darwin Barney singling to right field, scoring Zambrano.  Cubs lead, 2-0.
  • In the sixth inning, Marlong Byrd singled with one out, and then Carols Pena homered.  Cubs lead, 4-0.
  • It was looking bad for Homer Bailey as Miguel Cairo went to bat for him in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Cairo struck out, but then the Reds snapped to life.  Only three men had reached base against Zambrano to that point, but that was about to change.  Drew Stubbs singled, and Edgar Renteria walked.  Joey Votto singled, scoring Stubbs.  Then Brandon Phillips singled, scoring Renteria.  Then Jay Bruce singled, scoring Votto.  Phillips went to third.  Then Scott Rolen doubled, scoring Phillips.  Marcos Mateo relieved Zambrano, but quickly threw a wild pitch allowing Bruce to score.  Then the beleaguered Jonny Gomes hit a home run.  Ryan Hanigan and Miguel Cairo walked, and there was still only one out, but Drew Stubbs grounded out to third and Edgar Renteria struck out.  Reds win, 7-4.



Other Notes

  • Jonny Gomes picked up his first home run since Apr. 17 and his first RBIs since Apr. 30.  Just before his home run, he narrowly missed being hit in the head by a pitch from Mateo.
  • Miguel Cairo was a pinch hitter that got two at-bats in the sixth inning.  He saw 12 pitches and swung at none of them.
  • Carlos Zambrano had won his last ten road starts.



Final - 5.16.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago Cubs 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 4 9 0
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 X 7 8 1
WP: Homer Bailey (3 - 0)
SV: Francisco Cordero (8)
LP: Carlos Zambrano (4 - 2)

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