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Reds 1, Cardinals 0 - Anthony DeSclafani blanks St. Louis

A series victory in St. Louis!

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Anthony DeSclafani is no Johnny Cueto - at least not yet - but there's no denying that the Cincinnati Reds rookie pitched like his ace-y former teammate against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.  Disco allowed just 3 hits in his 7 IP, walked 3, struck out 3, and in the process dropped his season ERA to a very respectable 3.75 with his evening worth of work.

DeSclafani went through a rough patch for a period of about 8-10 starts, but he seems to have righted the ship of late, and that bodes quite well for a Reds team that has shed veteran pitcher after veteran pitcher in the last calendar year.  Have a JNMHSotG trophy, Anthony, and let's all hope you're emerging as a consistent cog for the next great Reds rotation.

Honorable Mentions are due to:  Jay Bruce, who provided all of the offense in this one with a solo blast; J.J. Hoover, who dodged a double to pitch a scoreless 8th inning; and Aroldis Chapman, who mowed over the Cardinals in the 9th for the save.

Key Plays

  • For brevity's sake, Bruce blasted a John Lackey meatball to straightaway CF in the Top of the 2nd, and it just barely cleared the outstretched glove of CF Randal Grichuk for his 17th dinger of the season.
  • That's it.  Reds won, 1-0!
Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes
  • As was mentioned at the end of the FS-Ohio broadcast, tonight marked just first time the Reds have shut out the Cardinals in consecutive games in St. Louis since July of 1937.  Marlon Byrd was barely even arb-eligible at that point.
  • Matt Holliday left the game with a recurrence of his quad injury.  It looked painful, and all the best to him.
  • Joey Votto walked once, but his 15 game streak of reaching base at least twice ended with a non-elite thud.
  • Cole Hamels got traded to the Texas Rangers (we think), Carlos Gomez got traded to the New York Mets (or maybe he did not), Mat Latos got traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers (in a thirty-seven part mystery deal), and David Price is reportedly on the move soon.  The trade deadline has gone full HAM.
  • The Reds will return home to open a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates tomorrow.  David Holmberg is scheduled to make his 2015 big league debut opposite Jeff Locke, but it'll be less than 20 hours prior to the trade deadline at that point, so who really knows?
  • Tunes.