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Wade Miley punished by Cardinals as Reds lose 5-4, fall out of Wild Card spot

The struggle becomes an uphill one once again.

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An early moonshot homer from Paul Goldschmidt and a subsequent solo bonk from Harrison Bader had Wade Miley and the Cincinnati Reds in another early hole in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals. And while the Reds managed to muster some offense to make this one an entertaining watch, it was Goldschmidt who kept fending off the Reds with hammers.

His 2-run blast off Miley in the Top of the 4th - a 441 foot blast after his 439 foot one to start the game - put the Reds back on the frowning side of the scoreboard at 5-4, erasing the hard work by Miley himself (a 2-run double) and Joey Votto (an RBI-double that plated Nick Castellanos all the way from 1B). Miley simply wasn’t fooling much of anyone on the day, really, as he yielded those 5 ER and 12 soggy hits in just 4 IP, an impressive amount of dodging more trouble now that I look at that staggering number of baserunners.

A little poor luck here, a little frustration against LHP there, and the Reds limped to yet another loss in a game that would, on paper, be categorized as ‘big.’ They now sit just 1.5 games ahead of St. Louis in the standings and are a half-game behind San Diego in the Wild Card race, with the Pads set to play the Arizona Diamondbacks later this afternoon.

Tony Graphanino

Source: FanGraphs

The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game

It was a soggy day for Miley, yet the offense swung mostly soggy bats, too. Votto’s double was the loudest hit of the day, while Miley’s was more of the slappy kind.

I dunno. Lucas Sims and Tony Santillan each fired scoreless IP of relief, respectively, with 2 K apiece. They should probably share this.

Other Notes

  • Delino DeShields, Jr. made his Reds debut in this one, pinch-running for Eugenio Suarez in the Bottom of the 6th and staying in to play CF afterwards. DeShields joined Alejo Lopez as September call-ups for the Reds roster, while reliever RJ Alaniz was added as the 29th man on the roster for the doubleheader slate.
  • Oh yeah - Geno made an appearance and poked a bloop double down the RF line, too. Remember him?
  • This was the first of two these clubs will play today, with the back-half of the doubleheader prompted by yesterday’s rainout set to begin at 6:40 PM ET. Lefty (ugh) JA Happ will toe the rubber for St. Louis in that one opposite Cincinnati starter Sonny Gray.
  • Tunes.