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Pirates of the Monongahela: On Stranger Game Outcomes. Reds lose, 5-0.

Have another sarif, why don'tcha?  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Have another sarif, why don'tcha? (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Sam LeCure.  Everybody was pretty bad.  Mr. LeCure gets it for pitching two innings of scoreless relief.  He only gave up one hit, didn't walk anybody, and struck out two.  Honorable mentions go to Brandon Phillips (a double!) and Chris Heisey (didn't make an out).

Key Plays

  • With two outs in the bottom of the first, Joey Votto singled, and Brandon Phillips hit a double.  Unfortunately, Joey was only able to get to third base, and then Scott Rolen - who had been hitting .500 since returning from the DL - popped out to the catcher.  That would be one of the few times the Reds threatened Charlie Morton all game.
  • In the fourth inning, Neil Walker, uh, walked.  Lyle Overbay then singled, and Pedro Alvarez smacked a ball over the right field fence.  Pirates lead, 3-0.
  • Ronny Cedeno always seems to do well against the Reds, and in the seventh inning he doubled off of Bronson Arroyo.  Perhaps Arroyo should have left the game at that point, but he stayed in and got Charlie Morton out playing some small ball with a sacrifice bunt.  Andrew McCutchen said, "Piss on that!" to the small ball nonsense and blasted a home run to left field.  Pirates win, 5-0.



Other Notes

  • Pedro Alvarez got his first RBI in 15 games.
  • The Pirates have four wins in Great American Ball Park this season, and three of them have come from complete games from their pitchers.  Two of those games were hurled by Charlie Morton, and each time he faced Bronson Arroyo.
  • Bronson Arroyo has given up 29 runs this season, and over half of them (16) have come on home runs.
  • Charlie Morton allowed a home run to Jay Bruce with two outs in the ninth inning of his complete game against the Reds on Apr. 15.  He hasn't allowed a home run since.
  • Reds starters had not lost a game since May 3.



Final - 5.18.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 5 8 0
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
WP: Charlie Morton (5 - 1)
LP: Bronson Arroyo (3 - 4)

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