The Short Version: The offense was nearly nonexistent once again, and the Reds wasted another strong outing by the pitching staff to drop a series in St. Louis.
|Cincinnati Reds (11-16)||2||8||0|
|St. Louis Cardinals (17-10)||5||7||2|
|W: Flaherty (3-1) L: Gray (0-4) S: Gant (2)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–Sonny Gray was sharp early, then scuffled a little in his last two innings. Still, his overall line wasn’t bad at all: 5 innings, 2 runs allowed on 3 hits; he struck out 5 and walked 2. Here’s the good part…Gray’s season numbers after today: 3.64 ERA, 2.05 FIP, 36 strikeouts, 8 walks. His K/9 is nearly 11. Very strong.
Of course, he hasn’t won a game yet, so there’s that.
–Robert Stephenson pitched another scoreless inning of relief, so he’s down to a 1.93 ERA through 14 innings so far this season. Wandy Peralta struck out two of the three hitters he faced in a perfect inning, and his ERA is down to 1.00.
–In the top of the eighth, Dexter Fowler hit a stand up double with two outs that scored the Cardinals final run of the game. When the throw came back in to Jose Iglesias near second base, Fowler was coming into the base. When he carelessly stepped over the bag, Iglesias dove all-out and tagged him. Heads up play and great effort.
–This offense, man. The Reds had a runner in scorer’s position in the first inning (thanks to an error and a walk), and then didn’t have anyone else advance as far as second base until Jesse Winker’s double to lead off the ninth inning. Just awful.
–Nothing whatsoever is going right for Scott Schebler. I really feel sorry for the guy. He went 0-3, dropping his slash line to .127/.253/.225. Then, in the bottom of the eighth, the sun caused Schebler to lose an easy fly ball in center field. It fell harmlessly to the ground, but it was inches from hitting Schebler on the head.
And of course, that “double” (as it was scored) that should have been an error opened the door to a three-run inning for St. Louis that put the game out of reach.
And yes, Schebler doubled in two runs in the top of the ninth (this is a good thing!) but those two runs weren’t nearly enough.
–Reds unable to secure a third consecutive series victory, as the offense disappeared once again.
–Not much else to recap. The Reds were down 5-0 before they finally scored in the top of the ninth. Winker doubled to lead off the inning and, two outs later, Iglesias singled him to third. Both scored on Schebler’s double, but that was all the Reds could manage on this beautiful Sunday afternoon.
–It’s only 14 innings, but if you had told me Robert Stephenson would strike out 18 MLB hitters and and walk just 4, I’m not sure I’d have believed you.
–Reds head off to the Big Apple next, as a four-game series with the Metropolitans will begin tomorrow. Tanner Roark will get the start at 7:10 pm on Monday.
Jesse Winker started the season 1-24, but in the 17 games since (not including today), he's hitting .321/.397/.714.
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) April 28, 2019
Reds fans love Sonny Gray, because he's like your artsy Elder High son…..he did well in college, his first gig off-broadway was proof of talent, then he went to NYC and it was all too much for a small town boy. Now he's back in your church on Sunday.
— Whistling Batter (@WhistlingBatter) April 28, 2019
Outscoring the Cardinals 15-9 and still losing 2 of 3 games would be a very on-brand move for these 2019 Reds, unfortunately.
— Red Reporter (@redreporter) April 28, 2019
Dietrich remains in the game at 3B, his first appearance of the season at that position. He now has played 1B, 2B, 3B and LF this year.
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) April 28, 2019
Poor Scott Schebler. He finally gets a two-run double, but it comes one inning after he misplayed a fly ball that led to a 3-run inning for St. Louis.
— Redleg Nation Radio (@redlegradio) April 28, 2019
Reds are 11-16. That's not ideal.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) April 28, 2019
still h8 u, @Cardinals
— em (@em_witt_17) April 28, 2019