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Scott Schebler homers twice in 8-5 Reds loss

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

Joe Nuxhall Honorary Memorial Star of the Game

Scott Schebler once led the National League in home runs, and did so a good number of games into the season. That power we saw early on has trailed off a bit in the second half, however, with just five of his 27 home runs he had tallied before this evening coming after the All-Star break.

He found the power stroke again Thursday, though, mashing two dingers in an 8-5 Reds loss, one of which nearly left the stadium. He now needs just one more to get to an even 30 for the season, which would make him the third 2017 Red to reach that mark. God, this lineup was a lot of fun to watch this season. For those two homers, Schebles gets tonight’s trophy.

Honorable mentions go to Phil Ervin, who launched a 2-run dinger of his own in his return to the lineup, Jesse Winker, who collected two hits including a double, Tucker Barnhart, who contributed two hits of his own, and Kevin Shackelford, who pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless ball.

Key Plays

  • Like last night, the Cardinals were able to start the scoring in the first inning of tonight’s contest. Homer Bailey actually got the first two hitters of the inning out before Dexter Fowler smacked a double to right field, then came around to score on a single by Jose Martinez. Reds trailed 1-0.
  • The Reds knotted things up briefly in the second, when Jesse Winker grounded a double just inside the first base bag with one out and later scored on a wild pitch. It was a neat sequence by Winker showing a little bit of running ability since speed isn’t quite his thing. Game tied at 1-1.
  • St. Louis’ big bats were back at it in the third again, as Bailey once again paid for a couple mistakes in pitch location. Three straight hits started the game, the third of which was a double by – stop me if you’ve heard this before – Fowler that scored two runs. Fowler was brought home on a sacrifice fly by the porcelain demon himself, Yadier Molina, and the Reds trailed 4-1.
  • The Reds wouldn’t stay quiet for long either, though. Winker hit another single to start the fourth inning, and then scored quickly on a round-tripper by Phil Ervin, who was in the lineup for the first time since September 8th. Reds trailed just 4-3.
  • The Reds bullpen handled the Cardinals better at first, but the birds finally got to them again in the seventh with Martinez and Molina getting back-to-back hits off Michael Lorenzen. Molina came home to score two batters later on a groundout, and the Cards led 6-3.
  • Cincinnati offered some small retaliation in the bottom of the inning when Scott Schebler nearly left the stadium with a towering homer to right. Reds trailed 6-4.
  • Not even Raisel Iglesias was immune to the Cardinals’ bats tonight, whose career scoreless streak against St. Louis came to an end with an RBI double by Greg Garcia, who scored right away on another run-scoring single. Reds deficit was 8-4.
  • Schebler’s second homer of the night led off the ninth, but that was all the Reds had going on in the frame. They fall 8-5.

Tony Graphanino

Other Notes

  • Scott Schebler batted leadoff in this game for just the fifth time in his career, while Jesse Winker was moved down to the 5-spot. Both had good evenings at the plate, but even with Schebler’s speed, it’s a curious a move to put his .310 OBP in the leadoff spot.
  • The Reds will welcome the Boston Red Sox into town on Friday, who will send Rick Porcello to the mound to face Sal Romano. Game time is 7:10 p.m.
  • Tunes.