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Reds 3 – Cardinals 6 | Game 26 of 162
Tyler Mahle was just so-so today, striking out only 2 and walking 3 in 5 innings. Mahle had gone 17 innings without a walk before giving up one in the 2nd inning. The second and third walks came in to score. Mahle finished the day with a 4.50 ERA for the season. His fielding independent stats are better: 3.86 FIP, 3.50 xFIP, 3.35 SIERA. In 28 IP he has 26 strikeouts.
Zach Duke was called on for the 6th inning. In 11 pitches, he hit two batters and gave up a single for a run. Duke is tied for most appearances in the Reds bullpen at 14. In 8 innings, he’s got 4 strikeouts and 6 walks. Latest stats: 11.25 ERA, 8.36 FIP, 6.30 xFIP. He’s not getting the job done. How much longer will the Reds keep using him?
Michael Lorenzen, whose fastball hit 98 mph a few times, pitched two innings to finish out the game.
Joey Votto made an error on a routine ground ball in the first inning, playing it off to the side and booting it.
After hitting eleventy million home runs yesterday, the Reds failed to slug a long ball today. They put two runs across in the third inning on a Scott Schebler walk, Mahle sacrifice bunt, Jose Peraza ground ball single and an Eugenio Suarez single. They led 2-0.
They added another run in the sixth with a Jesse Winker opposite field double, Yasiel Puig single to right and a 393-foot sac fly by Derek Dietrich.
Scott Schebler’s miserable start at the plate continues. But he has drawn 12 walks.
Senzel Breathless Anticipation Watch
The Louisville Bats play at 6:30 tonight.
The Reds (11-15) play the stupid Cardinals (16-10) tomorrow afternoon in the finale of the three game series again at 2:15 p.m. ET at Busch Stadium. The starting pitchers are Sonny Gray and Jack Flaherty (23, RHP). The Reds and Cardinals have split the four games they’ve played this season.