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Luis Castillo hit hard early, Reds lose to Cardinals once again

They’ll get ‘em one of these epochs.

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

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

Eugenio Suarez had the lone big swing for the Cincinnati Reds on the day, belting a 2-run dinger off Michael Wacha that made us all give a slightly muted yayyyyy before looking at the scoreboard and realizing it wasn’t going to be enough to, y’know, actually beat the St. Louis Cardinals.

Suarez added a walk, and has truly blossomed into a cornerstone piece for the Reds of both now and the future. Now, if only he could figure out how to pitch, too...

Honorable Mentions are due to: Jesse Winker, who dingered; Joey Votto, who doubled, singled, and walked; Scott Schebler, who doubled in a run; Adam Duvall, who doubled and walked; and David Hernandez, who fired another 2 scoreless innings of relief.

Key Plays

  • Luis Castillo opened the game by serving up back to back meatballs to Jose Martinez and Marcell Ozuna, each of whom thumped solo dingers to leave the Reds behind 2-0 in the Top of the 1st.
  • Castillo walked pitcher Michael Wacha to begin the Top of the 3rd, which is a simply godawful offense. A Matt Carpenter single and later walk to Martinez then loaded the bases, but after getting Ozuna to pop-out for the inning’s 2nd out, Castillo served up another meater over the plate that Yadier Molina clubbed to the wall in left-center for a bases clearing triple. Good lord. Reds trailed, 5-0.
  • Suarez finally got the Reds on the board in the Bottom of the 4th, flushing a cutter from Wacha well, well over the LF wall - and it was a 2-run blast thanks to Scooter Gennett’s single in front of him. Reds trailed, 5-2.
  • Austin Brice took over for Castillo in the Top of the 7th and promptly served up a tater to Matt Carpenter, who poked it into the seats beyond the RF wall. Reds trailed, 6-2.
  • Schebler’s double followed one from Jose Peraza in the Bottom of the 7th, plating another Reds run to shrink the deficit to 6-3.
  • The Winky Dingy came off Sam Tuivailala in the Bottom of the 8th, a solo blast that landed just at the base of the power stacks in the right-center bleachers. Reds trailed, 6-4, which is unfortunately how things ended.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Luis Castillo’s day wasn’t all terrible, though when he allowed damage, it was bad damage. His final line - 6 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 10 K on 110 pitches - goes to highlight that, as he gave up big hits in both distance and in timing.
  • Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, and Todd Frazier have combined for just 14 homers this year in 155 combined games played. I have nothing to add to that.
  • The Reds will try to finally, finally, for once beat the Cardinals on Sunday, as the series wraps with a 1:10 PM ET scheduled start. Anthony DeSclafani will take the mound for his second start since returning from his oblique injury, and he’ll be opposed by resident Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez.
  • Tunes.