Final R H E
St. Louis Cardinals (57-50) 5 9 0
Cincinnati Reds (43-63) 4 10 0
W: Wacha (7-7) L: Reed (0-6)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–The Reds were down 4-0 before they even batted, but Tyler Holt, Eugenio Suarez, and Joey Votto singled to start the bottom half of the first, and the Reds picked up two runs in the inning. It’s probably an over-used cliche, but this Reds team keeps fighting.*

*I know, they’re professionals. What are they supposed to do? Just head back to the clubhouse and say, “We’ll get ’em tomorrow”?

–In the bottom of the fifth, Bryan Price sent Josh Smith to the plate to pinch-hit for Cody Reed. Yes, Josh Smith, the pitcher.

Smith doubled, of course. He then proceeded to pitch two shutout innings of relief.

–Michael Lorenzen followed up with two innings of scoreless relief as well.

–Adam Duvall got what Reds’ broadcaster Chris Welsh described as a “Little League home run.” He lofted a fly ball to right field that was botched by St. Louis’ Stephen Piscotty. Somehow, the official scorer ruled that a triple — at some point, we have to have a discussion about the state of official scoring in this league — and the Cards proceeded to throw the ball into the stands, allowing Duvall to trot home.

Of course, after the replay was shown, Duvall was sent back to third base because of supposed fan interference when the ball went into the stands. So the Cardinals botched the play in two different ways, but it shows up in the box score as a triple. Who knows?

Either way, Brandon Phillips — who went 2-4 with 2 RBI on the night — drove Duvall in a couple of pitches later.

–Joey Votto collected a first-inning single, extending his hit streak to 17 games. Tyler Holt singled and walked out of the leadoff spot.

–Scott Schebler, playing right field tonight, leaped over the wall to rob a St. Louis home run.

The Bad
–Another rough start for Cody Reed: five runs allowed on eight hits in five innings. He actually gave up four of those runs in the first inning — and that was the difference in the game — but Reed never seemed comfortable the rest of the night (and gave up a bunch of hard-hit balls).

I dunno, maybe he needs to go back down to AAA, for his mental health, if nothing else. I’m of the opinion that he can’t learn to get big league hitters out if he isn’t in the big leagues, but I can see the utility in sending him down to Louisville for a little while to get his head straight. If you saw his post-game interview, he’s at a loss right now.

I’m on the record as saying we need to be patient with these young pitchers, and I haven’t changed my position on that point at all. I still expect Reed to be a good major league starting pitcher. If I ever get to the point that I’ve given up on a 23-year-old pitcher with 40.2 innings behind him at the major league level, it’ll be time to find another game to obsess over.

–Phillips got picked off at first base in the third inning when it appeared that he was paying almost no attention to the pitcher.

–Zack Cozart wasn’t available again tonight. Hopefully he’ll be back tomorrow; playing with a shortened bench didn’t help the Reds tonight.

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–One-run loss, but an entertaining game. Reds will just have to win the series tomorrow afternoon.

–This bullpen is almost fun to watch right now. Never imagined I’d be able to type that at any point during the 2016 season.

–Kinda disappointed that Schebler didn’t hit another walkoff, even though he didn’t actually bat in the ninth inning.