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This game gave me a migraine, or I would've written this last night. Reds lose, 5-4.

Joe Nuxhall Honorary Memorial Star of the Game

Jay Bruce takes home his second JNHMSoG in a row.  Hova was the only player on either team with multiple hits, as he went 2-4 with a double and run scored.  Also, both of his hits were to the opposite field, which is good to see from the young slugger.  Honorable mention goes to Orlando Cabrera, who booted a ball at second, allowing the Reds 3rd run to score.


Key Plays

  • It looked like the Reds were in for another Charlie Morton special, as the Indians starter, Alex White, was mowing them down throwing nothing but a fastball.  But in the top of the third White seemed to have a problem with his pitching hand.  With one out he walked Paul Janish, Drew Stubbs, and Jonny Gomes to load the bases.  Joey Votto then hit a 2-0 pitch routinely to 1B, but Matt LaPorta threw the ball into LF, allowing 2 runs to score.  2-0 Reds.
  • In the top of the 4th, White was replaced by a reliever. Things were looking good.
  • In the top of the 6th, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce hit back to back singles.  Scott Rolen then hit a routine grounder to second that our friend Orlando Cabrera booted, allowing Rolen to reach and another run to score.  The next batter, Chris Heisey, singled in Bruce.  The Reds had runners on the corners with no outs, but a pop out, caught stealing, and ground out ended the threat.  Still, a 4-0 lead should be plenty, right?
  • Travis Wood had allowed nothing but a walk through 5 innings, but in the 6th the proverbial wheels came off.  With one out, Wood allowed a single, single, single, walk, and HBP to bring in 2 runs.  That did it for the lefty.  Dusty brought in Logan Ondrusek with the bases loaded and 1 out.  Lurch promptly walked in another run and allowed a sac fly before getting OCab to ground out.  All of a sudden, tied game. 4-4.
  • That's where we stood until the 8th, when Bill Bray allowed a 2 out triple to Shin-Soo Choo.  Bray intentionally walked Carlos Santana to get to Shelley Duncan.  But the Indians countered with their secret weapon, Ezequiel Carrera, who was making his big league debut.  Dusty continued the chess game by replacing Bray with Nick Masset.  On the first pitch of the at bat, Carrera laid down a picture perfect drag bunt, then evaded the tag from Votto to reach first, allowing Choo to score.  Indians lead, 5-4.
  • This game still felt like a vintage Reds comeback was possible.  Fred Lewis led off the 9th with a walk.  Drew Stubbs then crushed one to right field, but Choo tracked it down and caught it at the wall.  Jonny Gomes then hit a weak liner back to the pitcher, who then doubled up Lewis off of first.  Game over.

Other Notes

  • This game marked the 10th time this year the Indians have won a game in their final at bat.  They are also the 4th youngest team in the majors.  Orlando Cabrera is playing terribly for them and getting tons of credit anyway.  The resemblance to the 2010 Reds is uncanny.
  • The Reds were 1-10 with RISP.
  • The Reds have allowed 11 runners to score this year via a walk or HBP with the bases loaded, most in the bigs. (h/t to Slyde on twitter for that one.)
  • Brandon Phillips now has an 11 game hitting streak.
  • In the month of May, Jonny Gomes is hitting .133/.204/.244.  His OPS for the season has dropped below .700.
  • Todd Frazier hit his 10th homer of the year last night and is OPSing .935 for Louisville. He even has 30 RBI, if you are into that sort of thing.
  • I really did have a migraine last night.  I blame Orlando Cabrera.