Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (46-67) 2 6 0
St. Louis Cardinals (60-54) 3 9 0
W: Garcia (9-8) L: DeSclafani (6-1)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Joey Votto had two of the Reds six hits, and scored a run. Not a banner night for the Cincinnati offense.

–Tony Renda — making his first big-league start — made a gorgeous diving play in the fifth that prevented a run from scoring and kept the deficit at 3-1. There is no question whatsoever that Steve is correct here:

–Tucker Barnhart doubled, extending his hitting streak to eight games. Eugenio Suarez hit his 18th home run of the season. Adam Duvall had a single and a walk.

–Decent work by the Reds bullpen. Three innings of shutout work from Josh Smith, Jumbo Diaz, and Blake Wood.

–Ross Ohlendorf didn’t pitch.

The Bad
–With the Reds losing 3-1, Joey Votto led off with a double in the ninth. Adam Duvall followed up with a single. Runners on the corner with no outs. Tying run came to the plate in the form of Eugenio Suarez.

It’s a rally, right?

Suarez grounded into a double play on the first pitch. Renda struck out swinging. Game over.

–Billy Hamilton didn’t steal a single base. What’s up with that?

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–The Reds have lost two straight series, but they really could’ve swept this one if a couple of breaks had gone their way. Alas, that’s baseball.

If nothing else, the Reds continue to be competitive. And after suffering through the first half of this season, I’m not going to take that for granted.

–Anthony DeSclafani wasn’t sharp, only adequate. Five innings pitched, three runs allowed on six hits. I guess Tony Disco had to lose his first start of the year at some point, right? (It’s also the first time he’s ever lost to St. Louis, in five career starts.)

–I can’t concentrate on writing this recap because my wife is watching Olympic swimming and keeps talking to me. I love her, but she gets the blame for any errors here.

–Off day tomorrow, then the Reds will send Homer Bailey to the mound to face the Milwaukee Brewers.