The Reds took a quick 30 minute break following their win of the suspended game early Saturday. They took the field looking to beat the Cardinals twice in a single day. However, Reds starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani got into trouble early. DeSclafani gave up three straight hits to begin the game, and found himself down 1-0. He then buckled down and struck out the side. That would be all the Cardinals would muster off DeSclafani.

DeSclafani retired 15 consecutive batters, and finished the afternoon with ten strikeouts, and just one walk. Despite the efforts of DeSclafani, the Reds hitters were baffled early by Lance Lynn. The Reds were held hitless through the first four innings.

Eugenio Suarez broke up Lynn’s no-hitter to lead off the fifth inning, and then the next batter, Tucker Barnhart singled too. DeSclafani and Hamilton were retired, and that left Skip Schumaker up with two outs. Lance Lynn was likely feeling the pressure of Joey Votto on deck, and threw a fastball right down the middle to Schumaker. Skip drilled the ball out of the park to right for his first home run of the season, and the Reds took a 3-1 lead.

Joey Votto added a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, and Eugenio Suarez had an RBI single in the eighth inning to give the Reds a 5-1 lead. The Reds bullpen continued their success of late, as Cingrani, Badenhop, and Diaz each pitched scoreless innings to secure a 5-1 win. The Reds will go for a four-game sweep of the Cardinals tomorrow.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (60-81) 5 6 0
St. Louis Cardinals (88-54) 1 5 2
W: DeSclafani (9-10) L: Lynn (11-10)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread

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Biggest Play of the Game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Skip Schumaker’s 3-run home run in the 5th inning, giving the Reds a 4-1 lead. That play increased the Reds chances of winning by 43.7% (from 37.9% to 81.7%).

Player of the Game

Anthony DeSclafani: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 10 K, 0.31 FIP

What a year for young Anthony DeSclafani. He has certainly solidified himself as a major part of the Reds rotation for years to come. DeSclafani once again dominated the Cardinals today, as he struck 10 batters, while only walking 1. Today he posted a FIP of 0.31. That is just about as good as it gets.

DeSclafani vs the Cardinals in 2015: 19.0 IP, 14 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 22 K, 1.42 ERA

Positives

GRIT

Skip Schumaker drilled his first home run of the season. Skip really has no business starting, but it had to feel good for him to jack a 3-run bomb off his former team. There is certainly a decent chance that this could be Skip’s final home run of his career.

Joey Votto extended his on-base streak to 31 consecutive games with a walk in the first inning. If Votto reaches base every game the rest of the season (minus his two game suspension), he would break the Reds on-base streak record on the final day of the regular season. The record is 48 by Pete Rose back in 1978. Votto reaching base in 18 more consecutive games is still a tall task, but Votto is getting closer.

Votto is also fast approaching his single season on-base Reds record. Votto has now reached base 282 times in 2015. Votto set the Reds record when he reached base 316 times in 2013. Votto has also reached base nearly 100 times more than any other Red in 2015. Todd Frazier has reached base the second most times at 186.

Billy Hamilton lead the game off with a walk!

Todd Frazier reached base twice (walk and a hit).

Negatives

Playing Skip Schumaker if LF is still dumb. I don’t care if it worked, it’s dumb.

Game Thread Comment of the Day

From TCT:

The combined OBP of the Reds first two hitter today, .562, is less than Joey Votto’s individual OBP in the second half, .571.

Not so random thoughts……

I am sure there will be may that will hate me for saying this, but here goes: I get the Reds honoring Pete Rose. However, personally I am tired of Pete Rose, and I think he is an embarrassment of the Reds franchise. I do however understand the Reds honoring one of their best players of all-time.

What I do NOT understand is the city of Cincinnati giving Pete Rose a key to the city. Seriously? A convicted criminal who spent five months in jail gets a key to the city? A man who has lied over and over again, and who has done some really shady things gets a key to the city?  I am sorry, but that is wrong.

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The Reds will go for a four game sweep of the Cardinals tomorrow. The Reds haven’t done that since May of 2003. That would really be something. The Reds have also avoided losing their 82nd game each of the last three days. The 82nd loss means another losing season for the Reds.

Up Next:

Cardinals at Reds
Sunday, 1:10 PM
TV: None (radio: 700 WLW)
Raisel Iglesias (15 GS, 4.18 ERA, 3.62 FIP) vs Michael Wacha (26 GS, 2.96 ERA, 3.46 FIP)