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Beat me in St. Louis. Reds lose, 4-1.

Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Matt Holliday.  The subject of much coveting from Red Reporters went 1-3 with a triple, a run scored, and an RBI.

Key Plays

  • The Reds started the game off uncharacteristically, with Willy Taveras hitting the ball out of the infield for a double.  Alex Gonzalez laid down a sacrifice bunt to move him to third, and Brandon Phillips drove him in with a sacrifice fly.  Dusty was clearly playing for one run, and that's what he get.  Why he insists on sacrifice bunting to advance Taveras when Willy's biggest asset is his base-stealing ability is baffling.  Particularly in light of the fact that Gonzalez got two hits later in the game.
  • The Reds couldn't keep the lead as their natual proclivity to give up first inning runs was on display yet again.  In a mirror of the top of the inning, Skip Schumaker, the leadoff man, doubled and moved to third on a sac fly.  After Cueto walked Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday hit a sacrifice fly and the game was tied at 1.
  • After batting in the third inning, Cueto left the game with a tight left hip flexor.
  • Kip Wells made his Reds debut and struck out Pujols looking.  Roxorz!
  • After two effective innings in relief, Wells ran into trouble in the fifth.  Yadier Molina singled and Brendan Ryan drew a walk.  Kyle Lohse laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners, and with two outs, Wells walked Schumaker and Ryan back to back.  That forced in a run and brought Pujols to the plate with the bases loaded.  Jared Burton, who had just rejoined the team earlier in the day, came in and got Prince Albert to fly out.  Phew.  Only one run surrendered.
  • You can never feel proud of the Reds for too long, though.  In the sixth inning, Burton gave up a long fly ball to Matt Holliday.  Taveras went crashing into the wall, but couldn't come up with the ball, and Holliday was on third with a leadoff triple.  Khalil Greene hit a one out double to bring him around, and two batters later, Brendan Ryan doubled to score Greene.  4-1 Cardinals, and that's how it stayed.

Other Notes

  • The Reds have no chance to win 100 games.
  • How lucky were the Reds to not let Pujols drive in any runs when he came to bat with the bases full?  Well, in 11 at bats this season with the bases loaded, Pujols has 8 hits, including 5 home runs, and 27 RBI.  The Cardinals seem to do things right, but there's no mistaking that having the best player in the world on their team is the engine that makes them go.
  • When the wheels came off for Wells in the fifth, he threw 27 pitches, but only 9 of them for strikes.
  • Ryan Franklin continues to be an effective closer, which makes us all want to throw up.  But looking at guys like Franklin, and Todd Coffey, and Ryan Dempster who were just terrible in Cincinnati and went on to become excellent pitchers elsewhere... well, I'm just going to reiterate that I hate our coaching staff and leave it at that.

  • Final - 8.10.2009 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Cincinnati Reds 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
    St. Louis Cardinals 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 X 4 6 1
    WP: Kyle Lohse (5 - 7)
    SV: Ryan Franklin (27)
    LP: Kip Wells (0 - 3)

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