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Cincinnati Reds bullpen implodes for umpteenth time in loss to Cardinals

This stinks.

Kansas City Royals v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game




Key Plays

  • The St. Louis defense aided the Reds early lead in this one. The Top of the 1st saw Joey Votto reach on a Paul Goldschmidt error, and after Winker singled into RF, a Brad Miller error at 3B allowed Votto to score when Eugenio Suarez hit an otherwise routine grounder his way. That left Winker on 3B with only 1-out, and he scored on a Mike Moustakas sac-fly into LF (that was actually a nifty diving catch by Tyler O’Neill). Reds led early, 2-0.
  • Galvis played bonk-ball off Adam Wainwright in the Top of the 2nd, lifting a solo blast over the RF wall to play add-on. Reds led, 3-0.
  • Sonny ran into trouble in the Bottom of the 2nd, however. A pair of walks sandwiched around a single loaded the bases for none other than Yadier Molina, who poked a soft liner into RF to plate a pair, because of course. Reds led, 3-2.
  • Cincinnati got a run back in the Top of the 3rd when Suarez reached on a soft single to the left side and scored a batter later on Moose’s double into the gap between CF and RF. Reds led, 4-2.
  • Raisel Iglesias took over for the Bottom of the 9th and blew it. A HBP, a walk, a single, and sticking his glove out to deflect what could’ve been a 6-4-3 double play let a run in for St. Louis, and with the bases still juiced, he balked in the game-tying run. Stuff happened after that, including a 14 man infield and a pitching change, but it didn’t matter. Kolten Wong hit a ball into the OF where the Reds were not, and the Reds lost a brutal game, whatever to whatever.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • After being sidelined for nearly 3 weeks after having COVID-19, Yadier Molina returned to the St. Louis lineup just in time for this series to begin. Naturally, he bonked a 2-run single just for old time’s sake.
  • Bunting is stupid.
  • Josh VanMeter went 0 for 4 again this evening, leaving him just 2 for 32 on the season.
  • Friday will see Anthony DeSclafani take the mound for the Reds opposite Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson. First pitch is again set for 8:15 PM ET.
  • Tunes.