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Cardinals 4, Reds 1 - Cincinnati drops yet another game in St. Louis, because of course

You probably should've be that one. Unless you're an actual baseball player or manager, of course.

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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Joey Votto went 1 for 2 with a ground rule double and a HBP, but he tried to bunt with a runner on, so no.

Jay Bruce went 0 for 1 with a walk, a sac fly, an RBI, and a HBP, but it's kind of hard to give a JNMHSotG to a guy who didn't even get a hit in a 4-1 loss.

Burke Badenhop threw a scoreless inning that dodged a double, and in the process lowered his ERA down to 4.35 despite people still being hung up on his poor April.  But, yet again, no.

Jumbo Diaz K'd two in his scoreless inning.  Still, no.

Johnny Cueto gets today's JNMHSotG, because if he wasn't already awesome enough to begin with, he's the baseball player you spent the whole game thinking about when the Cincinnati Reds were on stage, anyway.  We'll get over seeing you in another uniform at some point, Johnny, but it sure as hell wasn't today against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Key Plays

  • It appeared as if the Reds had something serious a-brewing against Lance Lynn in the Top of the 3rd, but things going the Reds' way these days have been few and far between.  Phillips singled to lead off the inning, and Lynn followed by hitting Votto with an inside fastball to put a pair of runners on-base.  A walk to Frazier loaded the bases with nobody out, and a sac-fly from Bruce brought in BP from 3B.  Unfortunately, Brayan Pena then smacked a routine grounder that turned into an inning ending double play, and the would be flurry was snuffed out.  Reds led, 1-0.
  • Kolten Wong hit a grand slam off Raisel Iglesias in the Bottom of the 4th.  I'd detail how the bases got loaded for you, but I was too busy cancelling every possible way to watch baseball on TV for the rest of the year to memorize the box score.  Reds trailed, 4-1.
  • All of a sudden, the game was over and the Reds hadn't done a gawdern thing to adjust the scoreboard.  The Cards didn't either, but they didn't have to.  Reds lose, 4-1.

Tony Graphanino FanGraphs is bunk at the moment, so just look at Johnny Cueto wiggle one more time

Other Notes
  • In the Top of the 5th, Billy Hamilton reached on a single.  Two batters later, Joey Votto dropped a bunt down.  Whether it was a sacrifice or an attempt to alter the shift - Votto was 1 for 1 with a ground rule double and a HBP at that point - I do not know.  What I do know, however, is that seeing Joey Votto drop a bunt down a day after the Reds traded away Johnny Cueto made me double check to make sure Dolores Umbridge hadn't suddenly been placed in charge of the day to day operations.
  • The Reds are eleventy games under .500 right now.  If you're still actively watching the NL standings, do yourself a favor:  throw your phone in a toilet, flush it, and go outside until December's Winter Meetings.
  • Sans-Johnny Tunes.