The season may be lost, but beating Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals is always satisfying. Reds win, 11-8.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Juan Francisco.  A lot of the young players displayed some power tonight, but Francisco's three run homer in the ninth ended up being the margin of victory.  He also had a double and two more RBI, as well as another run scored.  Honorable mentions go to Yonder Alonso (a home run, a double, two runs, two RBI, and no errors in LF) and Todd Frazier (a pinch hit home run).

Key Plays

  • You might have reasonably expected a pitching duel between Johnny Cueto and Chris Carpenter.  However, the bad blood that exists between these two clubs, especially when these two pitchers are involved, gave way to a slugfest.  The Reds landed the first blows in the second inning.  Yonder Alonso led off with a double.  Drew Stubbs bunted him to third, but was able to reach first base himself.  Then Juan Francisco wisely hit a ball to right field where Lance Berkman was roaming.  It fell for a double and Alonso and Stubbs both scored.  Ramon Hernandez and Johnny Cueto both grounded out, but Brandon Phillips hit the third double of the inning.  Francisco scored.  Edgar Renteria smashed a single to first base, but Albert Pujols couldn't make the play and Phillips scored all the way from second.  Joey Votto then singled and Renteria went to third, where he then scored on Jay Bruce's single.  Reds lead, 5-0.
  • A lot went right for the Reds in the top of the inning, but the Cardinals struck back in the bottom half.  Johnny Cueto walked Matt Holliday to start off, and then scored on singles by Lance Berkman and David Freese.  With runners on the corners, Lance Berkman was able to score on Yadier Molina's groundout.  Reds lead, 5-2.
  • In the third inning, Jon Jay singled, and Albert Pujols also reached when Edgar Renteria couldn't come up with his grounder.  Matt Holliday struck out, but Lance Berkman singled and Jay scored.  Renteria atoned partially by turning an inning-ending double play off the bat of David Freese.  Reds lead, 5-3.
  • Johnny Cueto wasn't his usual sharp self.  Perhaps the Cardinals were just very keyed up to face him.  Either way, newcomer to the conflict Rafael Furcal homered to lead off the fifth.  Then once again Jon Jay and Albert Pujols hit back to back singles.  Matt Holliday grounded into a double play, but Jay was able to take advantage and score.  Game tied, 5-5.
  • Todd Frazier pinch hit for Johnny Cueto in the sixth and sent a pitch over the right field fence.  Reds lead, 6-5.
  • Despite what nycredsfan will try to tell you, when Jose Arredondo comes in, he allows runs.  Specifically, he allowed a home run to David Freese.  Game tied, 6-6.
  • My last name is ten letters long and only has two vowels, but Marc Rzepczynski does me one better.  But at least I didn't give up a home run to Yonder Alonso tonight.  Jay Bruce singled with one out in the seventh, and then Yonder hit his blast.  Reds lead, 8-6.
  • Aroldis Chapman pitched the eighth inning, and he showed a bit of wildness.  After getting David Freese out, he walked Yadier Molina and Ryan TheriotAllen Craig grounded out, but that sent Molina to third, where he was able to score on Rafael Furcal's single.  Reds lead, 8-7.
  • Holy shit!  When did Arthur Rhodes join the Cardinals?! That stings.  Well, he still was doing his level best to help the Reds to win, giving up a single to Joey Votto in the ninth.  Jay Bruce grounded into a forceout, and Kyle McClellan replaced Rhodes.  McClelland then plunked pinch hitter Miguel Cairo.  After Drew Stubbs uncharacteristically struck out, Juan Francisco hit a monster home run to straightaway center.  Reds lead, 11-7.
  • Perhaps Dusty had a bit of a brain fart, because he put Francisco Cordero into the game with a four run lead.  Coco politely allowed a home run to Matt Holliday to erase that faux pas and make it a three run game.  Reds win, 11-8.

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via www.fangraphs.com


Other Notes

  • Joey Votto improved his major league leading road batting average to .358.
  • Cueto's ERA jumped to 2.29, which puts him behind Jered Weaver by one hundredth of a point for the major league lead.  He still has the NL lead ahead of Clayton Kershaw.
  • Never forget, the Cardinals and all those associated with them are contemptible individuals.  Except Arthur Rhodes.
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