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Bruce shines in debut, Dunn homers as Reds win

May 28, 2008 - 4:16 AM By Douglas Tifft PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Many Cincinnati Reds fans have been calling for the promotion of 21-year-old outfielder Jay Bruce since the beginning of the season, and with good reason.

Bruce went 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI, two walks, a stolen base and two runs scored in his major league debut in helping the Reds record a 9-6 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

"I don't think you can write it any better than that," said Bruce, whose face was covered with shaving cream after the game.

Bruce, often the subject of rookie hazing from his teammates during spring training, got the rookie treatment once again on his first day in Cincinnati, although his teammates left the culprit ambiguous.

"I know nothing," said Ken Griffey Jr., Bruce's childhood idol.

""It's always been my dream to play with Ken Griffey Jr., and here I am. I can't believe it," Bruce said of Griffey, who currently sits at 598 career home runs.

Rated by Baseball America as the top prospect in baseball, Bruce was called up earlier Tuesday and made a statement that he intends to make the big leagues his permanent home.

Bruce did not seem intimidated by the shift to the major leagues.

"It's just like the minors," he said. "Just there are bigger crowds, bigger stands, and better uniforms."

Bruce got some help from Adam Dunn, who blasted a franchise record-breaking home run.

Dunn delivered his 252nd career homer - all with the Reds - in the fifth inning, surpassing Ted Kluszewski for the all-time club mark in homers by a lefthanded batter.

The 28-year-old Dunn crushed a three-run shot off Pittsburgh starter Ian Snell (2-4) into the right field bleachers for his 14th blast of the season to give Cincinnati a 4-3 edge.

Bruce and Dunn were just two of the catalysts for the Reds offense, which had men come to the plate 12 times with the bases loaded.

Reds rookie starter Johnny Cueto (3-5) pitched five innings, giving up three runs - two earned - on nine hits while striking out four.

"He picked up a win despite throwing a lot of pitches in a short period of time," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Cueto. "He battled today."

After Cincinnati reliever Jeremy Affeldt surrendered three runs in the ninth on a pair of home runs to Adam LaRoche and Ronny Paulino, Francisco Cordero recorded the final out for his 11th save of the season.

Snell lasted five innings, surrendering seven runs on six hits with a career-high seven walks.

"We like some of the things he's been able to do, but he still needs to be more consistent," Pirates manager John Russell said.

Shortstop Jack Wilson had three hits in his return from the disabled list due to a strained calf and LaRoche added two hits and drove in three runs for Pittsburgh.








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    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    PITTSBURGH 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 6 14 0
    CINCINNATI 0 0 0 0 4 4 1 0 x 9 12 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: PIT - IAN SNELL, DAMASO MARTE (6TH), MARINO SALAS (6TH), SEAN
    BURNETT (7TH) AND RONNY PAULINO
    CIN - JOHNNY CUETO, MIKE LINCOLN (6TH), JARED BURTON
    (7TH), JEREMY AF

    May 27 10:42 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RONNY PAULINO (1) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF JEREMY AFFELDT.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 6, CINCINNATI 9
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: C GOMEZ (.325, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates 6, Reds 9  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 27 10:35 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ADAM LAROCHE (6) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 1
    OUT IN THE 9TH OFF JEREMY AFFELDT SCORED JASON BAY.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 5, CINCINNATI 9
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: S BURNETT (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Pirates 5, Reds 9  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 27 10:31 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JAY BRUCE SCORED PAUL BAKO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BRUCE ON SECOND, J HAIRSTON JR ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    CINCINNATI 9 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: K GRIFFEY JR (.249, 0-FOR-2, 2 BB, RBI)

    Pirates 3, Reds 9  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 27 10:03 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ADAM DUNN SCORED JAY BRUCE.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, A DUNN ON FIRST, B PHILLIPS ON SECOND, K
    GRIFFEY JR ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    CINCINNATI 8 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: E ENCARNACION (.236, 0-FOR-3)

    Pirates 3, Reds 8  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 27 9:39 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO KEN GRIFFEY JR SCORED DAVID ROSS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, K GRIFFEY JR ON FIRST, J BRUCE ON SECOND, J
    HAIRSTON JR ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    CINCINNATI 7 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: B PHILLIPS (.298, 0-FOR-1, BB, SF, RBI)

    Pirates 3, Reds 7  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 27 9:35 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JAY BRUCE SCORED PAUL BAKO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J BRUCE ON FIRST, J HAIRSTON JR ON SECOND, D
    ROSS ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    CINCINNATI 6 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: K GRIFFEY JR (.249, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Pirates 3, Reds 6  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 27 9:33 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JERRY HAIRSTON JR SCORED JOEY VOTTO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J HAIRSTON JR ON FIRST, D ROSS ON SECOND, P
    BAKO ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    CINCINNATI 5 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: J BRUCE (1.000, 1-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Pirates 3, Reds 5  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 27 9:31 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY ADAM DUNN (14) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 5TH OFF IAN SNELL SCORED JAY BRUCE AND KEN GRIFFEY JR.
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3, CINCINNATI 4
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: E ENCARNACION (.237, 0-FOR-2)

    Pirates 3, Reds 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 27 9:05 PM
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    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K GRIFFEY JR ON FIRST, J BRUCE ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    CINCINNATI 1 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR CINCINNATI: A DUNN (.248, 0-FOR-2)

    Pirates 3, Reds 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 27 9:03 PM
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    Pirates 3, Reds 0  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 27 8:52 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ADAM LAROCHE SCORED JASON BAY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, X NADY ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 3
    CINCINNATI 0 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: J BAUTISTA (.225, 1-FOR-1, BB)

    Pirates 3, Reds 0  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 27 8:48 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY XAVIER NADY SCORED JASON BAY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, X NADY ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 2
    CINCINNATI 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: A LAROCHE (.228, 0-FOR-1)

    Pirates 2, Reds 0  Top 3, 0 OutsMay 27 8:05 PM


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    AT CINCINNATI - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RONNY PAULINO SCORED JOSE BAUTISTA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: PITTSBURGH 1
    CINCINNATI 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR PITTSBURGH: I SNELL (.059, 0 HR, 0 RBI)

    Pirates 1, Reds 0  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 27 7:48 PM
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