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The Reds lost a baseball game, again.

It was bad. Then it got worse.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies
This wasn’t today. It was just that other time.
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The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game


Key Plays

  • Kolten Wong turned around a Luis Castillo meatball in the Bottom of the 2nd, his solo dinger putting the Reds behind, 1-0.
  • Castillo walked Matt Carpenter to lead off the Bottom of the 3rd, and that haunted after Yadier Molina and Dexter Fowler both singled - the latter being an infield dink variety that brought in a run. A Paul DeJong single then set up a Tyler O’Neill sac-fly, and the Reds trailed, 3-0.
  • A Carpenter error helped the Reds finally scratch the scoreboard, as he allowed Jose Peraza to reach to begin the Top of the 6th. Jesse Winker then plated him with an RBI double, and Winker then scored on an RBI single by Joey Votto. Reds trailed, 3-2.
  • Kevin Quackenbush came on to pitch the Bottom of the 8th and...well, let’s just say that everything that could possibly have gone wrong went wrong. A double, a walk, a DeJong dinger made the score 6-2 at the end of the 8th, which apparently put the game in enough of a losing scenario for Quackenbush to remain out there, which is a paradox that you’ll have to ask Jim Riggleman about. Greg Garcia eventually cracked a 2-run double off Quack to finally finish his day, and the St. Louis Cardinals eventually tacked on another run before Jared Hughes could finish the inning. Not good, Bob. Not good at all. Reds lost, 9-2.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • This sucks. All of it.
  • The Reds will return home this evening, and on Monday they’ll open a 4-game series against the Atlanta Braves. Sal Romano will start the series opener opposite Mike Foltynewicz, with first pitch set for one of those awkward, catch-you-off-guard 6:40 PM ET starts.
  • I’m heading down the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park for the week to haul a heavy-ass backpack around some of the most beautiful, remote portions of this country. Seeing as I’ll have zero access to TV or internet, I can guarantee that the Reds will instantly become must-watch programming for the week. That’s just how these things work.
  • Tunes.