They swung they missed they pitched they ducked. They left.

Reds 2  Cardinals 10  |  FanGraphs  |  DeSclafani, Iglesias, Lamb optimism

In Brandon Finnegan’s debut for the Reds, he pitched five innings against the Brewers allowing a run on three hits and two walks. Tonight, not so well. The 22-year-old lefty gave up three homers, two to Matt Carpenter, and a total of six runs in five innings. On the positive side, he struck out seven and walked one. That’s a sign of good stuff and decent command.

The Reds bullpen continues to be horrendous. Except for Aroldis Chapman who didn’t pitch this series. This series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Because of his break-glass-when-winning role.

Joey Votto had two hits, including his 29th home run of the season.

The Cardinals starters and relievers held the Reds to four runs this series. (And if you think the Cardinals have good starters, wait until you see who the Mets put on the mound the next four nights in GABP.)

The Reds are 32.5 games behind the Cardinals. Back in last place.

By all means, bring the architect of this mess back.

Even Milton has succumbed to despair.