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Cubs hand this one to the Reds, 7-5.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Well, Brandon Phillips went 2 for 3 with two walks.  Not a bad game.  But tonight I think this is only good enough for an honorable mention, since the real star of this game has to be the Cubs defense.  They gave up 7 unearned runs!  Honorable mentions also go to Scott Rolen, who was 2 for 3 with a walk and a double, and Nick Masset, who pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save of the season.

Key Plays

  • Volquez had his ceremonial first inning mistake when, after giving up a single by Darwin Barney and hitting Aramis Ramirez, he served up a Carlos Pena home run.  Cubs lead, 3-0.
  • The Reds got those three back in ridiculous fashion in the fourth inning.  Brandon Phillips led off the inning by singling and advancing to second on a wild pitch.  After Jay Bruce fouled out, Scott Rolen walked.  Fred Lewis grounded out, leaving a base open for Ramon Hernandez.  So the Cubs walked him, of course.  This brought up Volquez, who chopped one towards first.  After being misplayed, allowing one run to score, the ball was thrown wildly in the general direction of third base.  It ended up out of play, and another two runs had scored by the time the dust had settled.  Tie game.
  • Jose Arredondo entered in the seventh, and walked the leadoff batter.  Next, Welington Castillo bunted, but it wasn't played particularly well by Votto and everyone was safe.  Arredondo got a strikeout, but then walked the next two batters to score a run.  He was pulled for Jordan Smith, who got Starlin Castro to ground into a double play to end the threat.  Cubs ahead, 4-3.
  • The Cubs scored another run in the eighth off of a double down the right field line by local product Tony Campana.  Cubs lead, 5-3.
  • Things got even more ridiculous in the bottom of the eighth.  Rolen led off with a double, then Lewis singled.  Ryan Hanigan bunted, but it wasn't played well.  He ended up on third, with both baserunners scoring.  He scored on a Chris Heisey sac fly, then Paul Janish singled and scored on a Joey Votto double.  And just like that, the Reds are up 7-5.
  • Nick Masset came in to close this one, and after a leadoff single, he induced three groundouts to record the save.



Other Notes

  • The Reds didn't score an earned run, but unearned runs count too!
  • The Reds have now won five in a row.