Final R H E
St. Louis Cardinals (50-46)
12 12 0
Cincinnati Reds (43-52)
11 18 1
W: Wacha (6-4) L: Hughes (3-3) SV: Martinez (7)
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The Offense

I really wanted to just copy and paste the Endless Screaming tweet in each one of these sections, because seriously this game sucked the absolute life out of all of us, right? But Ryan Lavarnway deserves to have his night written about and praised. In his first game in the Major Leagues this season – just signed out of Triple-A two days ago – he hit two home runs, doubled, walked, and he drove in six runs. He might go down as the best Cincinnati Reds hitter of all time if we’re all going to be honest with ourselves.

The Pitching

It was 7-0 with the Reds leading when the 6th inning began. It was 10-7 when the inning was over. I’m not writing anything else in this section.

Notes Worth Noting

Ryan Lavarnway is the first player with 4 RBI (and he had 6 of them) in his Cincinnati Reds debut since RBI became an official stat in 1920 according to Elias, via the Reds Media Relations department. He’s also the first player EVER to have 3 or more extra-base hits and 6 or more RBI in his first game with a team (dating back to 1920 when RBI became a stat).

Eugenio Suarez and David Bell were both ejected from the game between the 1st and 2nd innings. Suarez didn’t like the strikezone during his 1st inning at-bat, and as he took the field he said something to the home plate umpire and was tossed. That resulted in Bell charging onto the field to argue/yell/scream and he too was tossed.

The Reds are now 43-52 on the season. That’s the exact same record that the Reds have last year through 95 games played.

Amir Garrett was supposed to pitch tonight for the Louisville Bats on a rehab assignment. The Bats were playing in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Travel issues prevented this from happening and the lefty didn’t pitch in the game.

Alex Wood will make his next rehab start for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts on Monday.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

St. Louis Cardinals vs Cincinnati Reds

Saturday July 20th, 7:10pm ET

Miles Mikolas (6-9, 4.15) vs Luis Castillo (9-3, 2.41 ERA)