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Ouch. Cardinals 10, Reds 0.

When you don't hit well, you lose. When you don't pitch well, you lose. When you don't hit well and don't pitch well, you lose 10-0.

Ya might need your hunting binoculars to see where that one landed.
Ya might need your hunting binoculars to see where that one landed.
Jeff Curry

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Shin-Soo Choo was on base in 2 of his 4 PAs today, walking once and being hit by a pitch for the 5th time already this season, and Joey Votto may well be emerging from his slumber as he went 2 for 3 with a walk and his first double of the season. Also, Homer is still a terrible name for a pitcher.

The story today was all Cardinals, unfortunately, and once again a large portion of their production came from unlikely sources. Matt Adams, a former 23rd round draft pick out of Slippery Rock University, hit his second HR of the series (along with an RBI double), Matt Carpenter (a former 13th rounder himself) went 4 for 5 with a HR, and presumptive 4th starter Jake Westbrook tossed a complete game 5-hit shutout.

Oof. I think I need a shower.

Key Plays

  • The game was actually a pitchers duel until there were 2 outs in the Bottom of the 5th, when David DeWitt suddenly morphed back into Homer. John Jay hit a solo shot out to CF (that landed just inches beyond the reach of Choo), Carpenter singled, Matt Holliday doubled in Carpenter, and Carlos Beltran hit a long HR out to RF. Reds trailed, 4-0.
  • Since Bailey was sitting just around 70 pitches, he was sent back out for the Bottom of the 6th, likely since the Reds have a fairly gassed bullpen and face a stretch of 20 days with consecutive games following tomorrow's off day. Or something. Regardless, things didn't go well, as David Freese led off with a single, Adams hit a long HR, and Pete Kozma hit a liner off of Bailey's leg that went for a double. Bailey then exited (due to his performance, not due to injury), and the recently recalled Logan Ondrusek promptly gave up a 2-run HR to Carpenter that, again, landed just inches beyond Choo's reach over the CF wall. Reds trailed, 8-0.
  • Alfredo Simon came on to pitch the Bottom of the 8th, and the Cardinals hit him hard, ultimately scoring on an Adams double and, of course, a single by pitcher Jake Westbrook. The Reds went meekly into the afternoon sun after that. Reds lose, 10-0.

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Other Notes

  • This was Jake Westbrook's first shutout since 2006.
  • If my math is correct, Joey Votto has not hit a HR since an 8th inning shot off of Twins' pitcher Scott Diamond on June 24th of last season...or 211 PAs. Two hundred and eleven. I miss the real Joey Votto.
  • I hate Pythagoras and the law of averages. Here's Hef and Deep Purple.