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Joey Votto goes 4 for 4 as Reds beat Cardinals for series sweep

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Four games, four wins for Cincinnati.

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Joey Votto put the icing on Wednesday night’s cake with the go-ahead 2-run homer in the Bottom of the 7th to lead the Cincinnati Reds over the St. Louis Cardinals. He backed that up with a 4 for 4 outing on Thursday, meaning his last 5 at-bats have gone 2-run homer, single, single, single, 2-run homer, which is a pretty fine way to go about one’s business.

That all of those came as the Reds wrapped up a 4-game sweep of their NL Central rivals just makes it all that much sweeter.

Votto’s big day sent St. Louis to their 7th consecutive loss, their longest losing streak since 2007, and raised his season average to an even .300. Add in his .423 OBP and .595 SLG, and he now joins Zack Cozart in the Top 8 in all of baseball in OPS. Not bad.

Honorable Mentions are due to: Scott Feldman, whose cutter was working big time on the day, fueling his 7 innings of 4 hit, no run, no walk, 4 K ball; Adam Duvall, who went 3 for 4 with a double and a run scored; Cozart, who singled to extend his on-base streak to about a billion straight games; and Raisel Iglesias, who breezed through the 9th inning to lock down the game.

Key Plays

  • Despite having picked up a boatload of singles off Leake through the first 4 innings, it took until the Bottom of the 5th before the Reds finally got on the board. Votto poked his 3rd single of the game with 1-out, and he motored all the way around to score on Duvall’s double to the wall in left-center. Duvall then scored on Gennett’s single into LF (which came a batter after Scott Schebler was hit by a pitch), and that left runners on the corners with Jose Peraza at the plate. Gennett took off to steal 2B, and Schebler then came in to score when Yadier Molina’s throw down to 2B sailed into CF. Reds led, 3-0.
  • The Reds played add-on with Tyler Lyons on the mound in the Bottom of the 6th, as Zack Cozart singled in front of Votto, who spanked a 2-run homer over the wall in CF to Cincinnati ahead, 5-0.
  • Austin Brice took over after Feldman’s excellent day ended after 7 innings. Things did not go well. Aledmys Diaz cranked a double off the wall in LF, and Matt Carpenter later brought him in with a 2-run tater to LF. Reds led, 5-2.
  • After that, Iglesias did what Iglesias does, and that was that. Reds win, 5-2, and SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!

Tony Graphanino


Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • It’s almost as if being traded as the secondary piece in a 2 for 1 deal for Mike Leake put a chip on Adam Duvall’s shoulder. He entered today having gone 8 for 19 with 2 dingers and 2 doubles off Leake in his career, a 1.318 OPS prior to singling twice more and doubling against Leake today.
  • Scott Feldman has faced the Cardinals twice this year. On April 9th, he threw 6 shutout innings in Busch Stadium, which pairs nicely with today’s 7 shutout innings.
  • The Reds will use this getaway day to fly west, as tomorrow they’ll start a six game road trip through Los Angeles and San Diego. Friday’s game against the Dodgers is set for 10:10 PM ET, so set your baseball clocks accordingly. LA will roll out Alex Wood to start, while the Reds will counter with Amir Garrett.
  • Tunes.