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And it's a very nice "Participant" ribbon too. Reds swept in straight sets, 6-4.

In this one, he kinda has more of a third baseman face.
In this one, he kinda has more of a third baseman face.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Chris Heisey.  Drove in 75% of the Reds' runs in his first at bat back from the disabled list. Honorable mention goes to Brandon Phillips, who picked up two hits, including a double. Amidst the roster confusion, Phillips is having his best season in four years, potentially rivaling his 2007 30-30 campaign, depending on how this last month goes for him. Mike Leake earned another notch on his belt as a solid, if sometimes very hittable, member of the rotation. That's worth it's weight in gold for the Reds right now.

Key Plays

  • Chris Heisey hit a three run home run in the 7th inning. Pretty much everything else was crud.

Rather than another Exchange-Tracking Fangraph, here's your up-to-date depth chart on Roster Expansion day:


Other notes:


  • Mike Leake has now pitched 158 innings between AAA and the majors this season. That's 20 above what he did last season and signs point to a possible shut-down, especially when and if Maloney, Volquez and Wood are all up with the club.
  • The Reds have spent just one day above .500 since July 3. 3-games below has become their "sweet" spot, spending about a week and a half worth of games there total since Independence Day.



Final - 9.1.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia Phillies 0 3 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 6 12 0
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 4 8 1
WP: Vance Worley (10 - 1)
SV: Ryan Madson (26)
LP: Mike Leake (11 - 9)

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