A Cardinal, whining. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Devin Mesoraco. Devin the Dude hit a double in his first major league at bat. Now that's something worth getting excited over this late in a dreary season. Honorable mentions go to Edgar Renteria (who also hit a double, and had two more hits as well) and Jay Bruce (hit his 29th home run of the season).
- The Reds got off to a quick start in this one. New best leadoff hitter ever Brandon Phillips led off with a single, then stole second base. Somewhat surprisingly, that was only his tenth steal all year. Somewhat more surprisingly, Edgar Renteria showed some power and hit a double, scoring Phillips. Then Jaime Garcia struck out the side. Reds lead, 1-0.
- Todd Frazier hit a one single in the second inning. Ryan Hanigan then flew out, but Matt Holliday made some sort of crazy throw (into the stands?) and Frazier ended up on third base. Then Homer Bailey singled and Frazier scored. FRAZING! Reds lead, 2-0.
- That was about the last good thing Homer Bailey did though. With two outs in the second and Lance Berkman on first via a walk, Skip Schumaker singled. Then Gerald Laird hit a single to left, which Chris Heisey let skip past him and go to the wall. Berkman and Schumaker scored. Then Jaime Garcia hit a ball to left. Heisey dove and missed it completely, and Laird scored. Cardinals lead, 3-2.
- Sure, we can blame Homer getting rattled on Heisey's terrible defense, or on a mini-rain delay, but the fact is that he got hit around a bunch. Like in the third, when Jon Jay led off with a triple, and Albert Pujols singled to drive him in. Then Matt Holliday also singled, and Pujols went to third, where he scored on Lance Berkman's grounder. That was it for Homer, and he was gone after three innings. Cardinals lead, 5-2.
- Sam LeCure was pitching in the fifth inning and gave up a ground rule double to Jon Jay. LeCure intentionally walked Albert Pujols, but that only brought up Matt Holliday. Plunk goes the single into right field, and around home comes Jon Jay. Cardinals lead, 6-2.
- Edgar Renteria hit a single off of Mitchell Boggs to start the eighth inning. Arthur Rhodes relieved Boggs and got Joey Votto out, but Jay Bruce then ripped a home run. Cardinals win, 6-4.
- St. Louis sucks.
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|WP: Jaime Garcia (11 - 7)
SV: Jason Motte (2)
LP: Homer Bailey (7 - 7)