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Barrage of homers leads Cardinals to 7-1 win over sinking Reds

Cincinnati Reds vs. St Louis Cardinals

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game


Key Plays

  • A trio of walks issued by Dakota Hudson opened the Top of the 3rd, but somehow the Reds only managed to get a lone run - and even that came on a grounder that turned into a 5-4 force-out at 2B off the bat of Shogo Akiyama. Better than nothing, I ‘spose. Reds led, 1-0.
  • Tejay Antone left a changeup over the plate while facing Brad Miller in the Bottom of the 4th, and Brad Miller once again destroyed a homer. Brad Miller owned a career .733 OPS in nearly 2700 career PA entering this season and now has 4 dingers (and a double) in 4 games against the Reds this year, because of course. Walks sandwiched around a Matt Carpenter single then loaded the bases with none out, and that chased Antone in favor of Lucas Sims. Sims got a 4-3 putout on a Matt Wieters grounder that plated a run, but induced a pair of weak pop-outs to escape further damage. Reds trailed, 2-1.
  • Matt Carpenter entered play today slugging .298. He homered off Sims in the Bottom of the 6th to make it a 3-1 hole for the Reds. Later, Sims put a pair of runners on as he ran out of gas, and the Reds turned to Amir Garrett to try to put out that fire. Unfortunately, Harrison Bader met him with a 3-run dong, and the Reds were out of it at 6-1.
  • Sorry, sorry, the Bottom of the 6th wasn’t over yet. Garrett hummed a meatball to Paul Goldschmidt with 2-out, and the Cardinals 1B smoked a laser over the RF wall for a solo blast. Reds trailed, 7-1. That’s how it ended.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

Other Notes

  • Tejay Antone was quite good one-turn through the lineup, but ran into trouble the second time through before Sims bailed him out. Antone’s final line: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K on 68 pitches.
  • Harrison Bader has 3 HR and 7 RBI this year in total. All 3 HR and 6 of the 7 RBI have come against the Reds. Someone please take this laptop from me and throw it in the freaking ocean.
  • The Reds had 3 hits. Joey Votto had one of them, a double. He later got ejected by home plate ump DJ Reyburn, whose ability to call balls and strikes was patently awful all evening.
  • Sunday’s series finale between these two clubs will feature Tyler Mahle on the bump for the Reds, while Carlos Martinez will start for the Cardinals. First pitch is set for 2:15 PM ET.
  • Tunes. RIP, Toots.