To be the best, you have to beat the...nevermind. Reds lose, 2-1.

April 17, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) listens to home plate umpire Tony Randazzo (11) explain to him that if he lets a run score, even just one, he's going to lose. It's a hard knock life, JC.

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Zack Cozart. While the rest of the Reds lineup has consistently struggled, the rook has continued to impress. The only Red to reach base twice of his own accord, Cozart was 1 for 3 with a huge, game-tying 2 out RBI single in the 8th inning. He also was the only Red to manage a walk tonight. Sigh.

While Johnny Cueto didn't have his best stuff, he deserves mention for battling through 7 innings, yielding 7 hits, 2 BB, 1 ER, with 5 Ks over 113 pitches.

Key Plays

  • I blinked and missed the Reds half of the 1st inning (7 pitches). Before I could dig up the box score for that half, the Reds were down 1-0 due to a Carlos Beltran HR to right field. Cards lead, 1-0.
  • The Reds threatened to threaten in the 4th, as Zack Cozart led off with a walk and Joey Votto singled after him. Unfortunately, the lineup. Scott Rolen struck out. Jay Bruce struck out. Ryan Ludwick struck out. I broke my remote.
  • Cards starter Kyle Lohse exited after 90 pitches to start the 8th, and for a minute, the Cardinalolz took the field. Ryan Hanigan reached on an error by 2B Daniel Descalso, and was surprising lifted for pinch-runner extraordinaire Devin Mesoraco. Wilson Valdez was then brought in to pinch-hit, and he too reached on an error by P Mitchell Boggs. After Brandon Phillips lined into a 4-3 double play, the air was seemingly let out of the Reds balloon...until Zack "MVP" Cozart stepped up and laced a single to right field, scoring Mesoraco (with some help from a bobble by Carlos Beltran). Game tied, 1-1.
  • The Reds decision makers played 52 lineup-card pickup in extra innings, seemingly disregarding the fact that they had a collective $46 million of dominant, rested, LH pitching in the bullpen. The result? 3 walks and a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th. Sigh. Reds lose, 2-1.
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    via www.fangraphs.com


Other Notes

  • Had the 3rd base umpire not blown a call, the Reds would have had runners on 1st and 3rd with nobody out to start the third inning. Somehow, I get the feeling it wouldn't have really mattered...the way they're going right now, they'd have found a way to not score.
  • With the loss, the Reds fall to 4-7 on the season, 1-4 away from home, and 1-3 vs. the Cardinals.
  • Zack Cozart is hitting .341, Joey Votto is hitting .289; no other regular is hitting over .200, and only Cozart (.961) and Votto (.876) have an OPS above .655. Sigh
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