Reds 4, Pirates 0: Duke's Fine Performance Wasted

The best that could be said about this one is that Zach Duke pitched extremely well for seven innings, locating well and generally giving the Reds' hitters fits, although it should be pointed out that the Reds started Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and five AAA players, including someone named "Adam Rosales" who I can't recall ever hearing about (despite following the NL Central pretty closely) who sprinted down the line when he was walked (twice, ugh) with such enthusiasm that I strongly suspect he was actually just a batboy who won a contest or something.

Anyway, Bronson Arroyo shut down the Pirates' offense, and after giving up a single run, Duke begat John Grabow, who gave up a homer to Phillips on his first pitch. And then, in the 32nd year of Tyler's life, in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the Floodgates of the 'pen were opened. And lo, the baserunners covered the earth for forty days and forty nights.

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