Mark Sheldon provided a Recap of last night's debacle that was slightly more detailed and less emotionally draining than mine. There are some nuggets in this, though, that suggest that at least a few of the Reds' players were as bummed about the loss as we were, though. Dusty used the word "devastating," Leake said the loss "hurts," and Sheldon goes all salt-in-woundy by reminding us that the Reds are just 3-26 in their last 29 series in St. Louis. Ouch. I'm not going to link to today's article written by a certain Cincinnati-area writer whose nickname reminds one of a medical practitioner, but I will mention that he cited that the Reds have now been outscored 77-21 in games against the Cardinals this season. Good news all around, ain't it?
Sheldon also whips around the current state of affairs for the Redlegs with a few different stories. Votto did, in fact, forget how many outs there were, Cueto's not going to start again for the Reds this season, Sean Marshall is still iffy, and Dusty Baker wishes he had a number 2 hitter who hit left handed. Wait...what?
If you can stomach it, here's the view from the St. Louis perspective, courtesy of Brian Burwell of the Post-Dispatch. You'll read about finding ways to win, being clutch, stepping up in big moments, and being happy about baseball in this one. You've been warned.
It appears that Our Wladdy Balentien is having himself quite a season in Japan. Balentien, who you'll remember as a bit-part member of the 2009 Reds who never truly got a chance to show off his skills, currently sits 5 HR behind the single season record of 55, and he's got over 30 games to pass the great Sadaharu Oh, Tuffy Rhodes, and Alex Cabrera in the Japanese record books.
It appears that Billy Hamilton has been deemed an International League Postseason All-Star. Despite his struggles relative to the expectations placed upon him before the 2013 season began, Hamilton has seemingly turned a corner since the All Star break a few weeks ago, and his performance (and, likely, his reputation) has him picking up some recognition. After just glancing at his stats, I realized he's only got 17 doubles this season, which seems rather shockingly low. Who knows. Prospects, man.