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Well, you can't sweep them all. Cubs win, 4-1.

If only I could think of a good caption for this one...
If only I could think of a good caption for this one...

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

I'm going to have to give this one to Paul Janish, who hit his first triple in the major leagues.  Sure, he made up for it with an error that yielded an unearned run, but whatever.  An honorable mention goes to Ryan Dempster, who only gave up three hits and one walk in six innings.  The Cubs bullpen also pitched well, throwing three scoreless innings.

Key Plays

  • Bronson Arroyo got off to a good start, only allowing one hit in the first three innings.  The Reds, meanwhile, loaded the bases with one out in the first, but didn't score.  The Reds did score in the third, when Drew Stubbs singled to lead it off, stole second, advanced to third on a Brandon Phillips groundout, and scored on a Jay Bruce single.  Reds lead, 1-0.
  • That didn't last long.  In the top of the fourth, Darwin Barney grounded out and then Blake DeWitt reached on a Paul Janish error.  This proved to be not at all good when the next batter, Carlos Pena, hit a HR.  Aramis Ramirez made it back to back HRs, and the Cubs were up 3-1.  At least Arroyo didn't allow any more runs to score, even though he gave up two more singles in the inning.
  • Janish's triple was the only hit the Reds managed in the last six innings of the game.  The Cubs scored one more run in the seventh, when Kosuke Fukudome doubled, advanced to third on a bunt, and scored on a Jose Arredondo balk.  Seriously.