The Reds got off to a quick start in St. Louis. Jay Bruce hit a solo home run in the top of the first to get the Reds on the board. The Cardinals would come back and tie the game in the third. It would stay that way for quite a while.

Keyvius Sampson came into tonight having really struggled in his previous six starts, but tonight he was sharp. Sampson pitched 5.1 innings allowing just one run. Sampson left the sixth inning in a jam, but Tony Cingrani did a nice job getting out of it.

The Cardinals were able to push across a run off Sam LeCure in the seventh inning, and then another run in the eighth inning off Pedro Villereal. The Cardinals would hold on for a 3-1 win.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (63-87) 1 11 0
St. Louis Cardinals (95-56) 3 7 0
W: Lackey (13-9) L: Sampson (2-6) S: Cishek (4)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score | Game Thread

Reds Cards WPA

Biggest Play of the Game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Ivan De Jesus Jr. grounding out with the bases loaded to end the 8th inning (Reds trailed 2-1). That play decreased the Reds chances of winning by 17.4% (from 29.6% to 12.2%).

Player of the Game

John Lackey, Cardinals: 7.0 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K

Positives

Joey Votto waited until his very last PA to extend his on-base streak to 39 games. Votto walked in his final PA of the night. Votto now has the 6th longest on-base streak in Reds history, and is just 2 games shy of his personal best (41, 2010). The Reds record is 48 by Pete Rose in 1978.

Keyvius Sampson pitched pretty well tonight. Sampson was coming off six consecutive lackluster starts, so tonight was very refreshing for him. Sampson only struck out 1, while walking 3, but he only allowed 4 hits in 5.1 innings. Final line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 3 BB, 1 K, 4.46 FIP.

Jay Bruce hit his 25th home run of the season in the first inning. Bruce has had a disappointing season for a second straight year, but the power is certainly still there.

Adam Duvall had a three hit night for the good guys. Through his first 42 PA with the Reds, Duvall has a .871 OPS. He should keep playing every day for the rest of the season.

Frazier

Todd Frazier made an amazing catch, falling over the railing. It got kind of weird when Keyvius Sampson tried to help Frazier up though.

Negatives

The Reds got a lot of hits (11), but not a lot of runs (1). That stinks.

Not so random thoughts…………………

It’s seriously time for a robot calling balls/strikes in the MLB. The home plate ump tonight was horrendous. He really put Joey Votto’s on-base streak at risk in the third inning, when he called ball 4, strike 3.

Up Next:

Reds at Cardinals
Wednesday, 8:15 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Brandon Finnegan (17 G, 2.53 ERA, 4.55 FIP) vs Lance Lynn (28 GS, 3.28 ERA, 3.56 FIP)