Death, taxes, and an indelible smile on my face each and every time Joey Votto socks a big ol’ homer.
I was smiling earlier. After the way this one fizzled again, there is no joy in Losantiville.
Votto’s homer leveled the score between the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs in what evolved into an early pitchers’ duel between Alec Mills and Vladimir Gutierrez, but alas, the Reds bats went completely silent both before and after, and they eventually belched up yet another series in a 4-1 loss after Jason Heyward bloked a 3-run walk-off tater off Brad Brach in extra innings.
This team is folding. It sucks. Now, they get the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis, what could possibly continue to go completely fucking wrong...
The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
- It’s an off-day for the Cincinnati Reds on on Thursday, one that presumably will set them up to be primed fully for their 3-game weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals in #Bush Stadium. Considering they’ve got an off-day on Monday, too, there should be no excuse to leave any player rested in a series that - if all goes well - could well bury the Birds and their 2021 playoff hopes.
- Speaking of which, Friday’s series opener between the Reds and Cardinals will feature lefty (gahhh) Jon Lester opposite Tyler Mahle, so hopefully the Reds can figure out how to hit LHP on their Thursday off-day. Surely. First pitch Friday is set for 8:15 PM ET.