Final R H E
St. Louis Cardinals (65-57)
5 8 0
Cincinnati Reds (58-65)
4 8 1
W: Flaherty (7-6) L: Wood (1-2) SV: Martinez (14)
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The Reds comeback fell just short as the Cardinals took advantage of Alex Wood in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings to barely hold on for a 5-4 win on Sunday.

The Offense

The Reds grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning when Eugenio Suarez clobbered a 417-foot home run. But they wouldn’t get back on the scoreboard again until the 7th inning. At that time they were down 5-1 and hoping to rally. Jose Iglesias and Kyle Farmer both had singles to start the inning. After a strikeout, Nick Senzel walked to load the bases. With Josh VanMeter due up, the Cardinals brought in Andrew Miller, leading David Bell to counter by pinch hitting Jose Peraza. We don’t know how it would have played out with VanMeter hitting instead, but Peraza walked on five pitches and brought in a run to make it 5-2. That brought Eugenio Suarez to the plate, and on a 1-0 count he line a ball down the line, but it was just foul. On the next pitch he grounded into an inning ending double play.

After a quiet 8th inning the Reds got things moving in the bottom of the 9th. Jose Iglesias doubled off of the wall in right-center and moved to third base on a Kyle Farmer single into center field. That brought the tying run to the plate in Tucker Barnhart. The Reds catcher dropped a single into right field to bring in 2 runs and make it a 5-4 game. Michael Lorenzen came on to pinch run for Barnhart at first, but a fly out was followed up by back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.

The Pitching

The home run plagued Alex Wood again this afternoon as he allowed two of them, leading to 4 earned runs and 5 total runs allowed in 5.0 innings. He walked a batter, and allowed 8 total hits in the game, while striking out 6 batters before turning the game over to the bullpen.

Rookie reliever Joel Kuhnel pitched 2.0 hitless inning in the 6th and 7th, walking a batter and striking out a batter, holding the game at 5-1. He handed the ball off to Kevin Gausman for the next 2.0 innings, which were also hitless. Gausman didn’t allow a runner, and he struck out all 6 batters he faced, giving the fans free pizza in the process. In the top of the 9th inning he struck out the side on 9 pitches.

Notes Worth Noting

Aristides Aquino didn’t homer, and that feels noteworthy every time that it doesn’t happen. He did walk twice in the game – his first 2-walk game of his short Major League career.

Kevin Gausman’s immaculate inning was the first by a Red since 2017.

Jose Iglesias extended his hitting streak to 13 games, which is easily the longest of the season for any single Reds player.

From our friends over at RedReporter:

Unfortunately, Red Report had an accounting error. They didn’t count today’s loss. The Reds are now 16-33 in day games.

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16 Responses

  1. Roger Garrett

    The 7th was key of course but the Reds battled again until the end.I like that and Gausman who I have liked for years showed electric stuff.Pen dominated for 4 innings and gave the team a chance to catch up and they almost did.Its kind of our year in summary.Oh so close but not quite close enough.Just one negative and that was Peraza for JVM in the 7th.Yes he walked to force in a run but just really getting annoyed at this kind of stuff.I got in late and there may have been something I missed that may have caused this to happen so I stand corrected if there is one coming.

    • Don

      yes that 7th inning Peraza pinch hitting for JVM meant that OGrady needed to bat in the 9th in a pressure spot.
      In the 9th Senzel swinging at 1st pitch was a rookie over anxious play. Pitcher was struggling to throw strikes and that gave the pitcher the advantage.
      OGrady may be good but he looked overwhelmed in that AB and looked like he was hoping for a walk and swinging at the pitch in the dirt.

  2. TR

    Frustrating for sure with the Reds missing out on consecutive weekend series from taking 3 of 4 from the Cubs and Cards.

  3. Big Ed

    I myself will be just fine if Alex Wood never has to walk into GABP again, even before this season is done.

  4. RP

    I love Suarez but he has to change his 2-strike approach. More compact and willingness would go a long way. His “swing from the heels” approach has really killed us in key spots and his .OBP would agree.

  5. Don

    16-34 in day games
    18-24 in 1 run games

    Looking for some good news after a very tough loss for 2nd Sunday in a row

    Reds record after 9 games was 1-8 and they were 6.5 games behind in division.
    Since then they are 57-57 and are only 7.5 games back after today.

    Reds have only lost 1 game in the division to 1st place from April 7 to August 18.
    The Reds have been a 500 team for 114 games over 5 months and 10 days.
    This must be cheered and defined as success for this team after the last 5 years.

    They just have never been able to overcome the 1st 9 games.

    Cheering for them to overcome those 1st 9 games and can get to a 500 season for the year in the last 7 weeks of season.

  6. Indy Red Man

    Well he did just miss the RF line with the bases loaded in the 7th. It was kind of a Ervin swing where he fought the ball off inside and atleast kept his hands in.

  7. Don

    agree RedsMonk65.

    Aquino is currently someone the pitchers fear as on the broadcast it showed his 11 home runs have come on 5 different types pitches.

    Winker (355) and Votto (352) have highest OPS for those on the roster all season.
    JVM is higher (383) than both in his short time.
    Senzel OBP is OK at 321 but he needs to get that to 380 or higher to be the everyday leadoff hitter.

    Everyday lineup until Votto is back from IL in September
    Senzel – CF
    JVM – 1B
    Suarez – 3B
    Aquino – RF
    Winker/Ervin – LF
    Galvis – 2B
    Iglesias – SS
    Barnhard/Farmer – C

    Votto on his return should replace Galvis or Iglesias and JVM goes to 2nd and either Galvis or Iglesias starts at SS.

    Get JVM 5 plate appearances every game.

    • Don

      SC and Pete,

      I would agree with playing OGrady as first as long as JVM stays in the lineup someplace.

      If the FO wants this done, the manager has been told this and very key here is that this manager has also been told the team will live with the Win/Loss result that occurs based on this franchise direction. If the manager then does not implement this plan a change is required for the franchise to be successful.

      Either the manager must go and replaced with a manger whom will work with the FO or the owner needs to gut the FO and put in place a team that will do the managers bidding.

      Nothing kills an organization faster than dysfunction and a lack of cohesion at different levels of management and they are all not working together.

  8. Mike

    Just curious. What happened to Steve Mancuso? I don’t see his name or writing anymore.

    • Doug Gray

      Steve is still around, but he is writing a bit less here. You’ll see something from him tomorrow in the Question of the Week topic.

  9. Hebron Reds Fan

    Should the QO be off the table though? Should we make the offer and hope he turns it down in hopes of a multi-year deal? He is projected at a market value of $19 million I think.

  10. Roger Garrett

    I have nothing to add to what Cossack has said because he is correct in everything he said.Hope the Reds get a copy of his post.

  11. Frank Edwards

    In my opinion in the 9th inning rally. Lorenzen pinch running for Barnhart was the wrong decision. Lorenzen should have pinch hit instead of O’Grady. That at bat by O’Grady killed that rally real quick. Watching that 3rd strike right over the plate.