Final R H E
 Cincinnati Reds (71-84)  4  8  1
 St. Louis (87-68)  8  10  1
W: Motte (1-0)  L: Leake (11-13)
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The Good

Brandon Phillips created a beautiful double play in the second inning by bare handing a ground ball up the middle. He also had a good night at the plate, turning in a 2 for 4 performance with an RBI.

Zach Cozart blasted a home run in the top of the seventh, his fourth of the year. Cozart got some love by the broadcast duo when they noted his glove was a big part of the Reds league-best defense.

Devin Mesoraco continues to hit for power, hitting a double in the the sixth.

The Bad

In the third inning, Tony Cruz hit his first home run of the season. It was a three run blast on a 3-2 count that made the game 3-0. With the Reds offense, this game felt out of reach. It only took Michael Wacha 8 pitches to retire the Reds in the top of the third, and then Kolten Wong took Leake deep on an 0-2 count to extend the Cardinals’ lead, 5-0.

Mike Leake, although he has generally had a good season for the Reds, had a poor outing. Five innings pitched, six runs, two walks. It was an uninspiring effort.

In the fifth, Jay Bruce made a bad fielding error on a Matt Holliday single. The ball skipped off the bottom of his glove. You have to wonder how Bruce would have fielded that ball if the Reds were still in the race. Colton Wong scored on the play.

After Randal Grunchek hit a home run in the bottom 6, Bryan Price started to feel the urgency and promptly lifted our best hitter, Devin Mesoraco from the game.

The Ugly

The Reds lost tonight to their rival, but it never felt close. Some people are playing for contracts, others are playing to make the team next year. But after the game was over, it didn’t really feel like anything; just another game in the countdown to the end of the year.

In the song “The Promise”, Springsteen writes:

When the truth is spoken, and it don’t make no difference, something in your heart turns cold.