The Cincinnati Reds (57-88) dropped the first game of the doubleheader to the St. Louis Cardinals (86-60) this afternoon. You can read the Redleg Nation recap here. In game two of the doubleheader, Hunter Greene returns from the IL to make the start for the Reds, while José Quintana gets the start for the Cardinals.


  • Time: 7:15 p.m. ET
  • Place: Busch Stadium, St. Louis
  • Weather: 82 degrees, sunny
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio
  • Listen: 700 WLW


Cincinnati Reds

St. Louis Cardinals

2B Jonathan India 3B Brendan Donovan
3B Spencer Steer SS Tommy Edman
DH Kyle Farmer 1B Paul Goldschmidt
1B Donovan Solano DH Nolan Arenado
RF Aristides Aquino LF Corey Dickerson
CF Nick Senzel RF Alec Burleson
LF Stuart Fairchild CF Lars Nootbaar
SS Jose Barrero 2B Nolan Gorman
C Austin Romine C Andrew Knizner


Starting Pitchers

Hunter Greene 102.2 5.26 4.37 4.95 3.97 1.30 28.8% 9.3%
José Quintana 143.0 3.34 4.10 3.15 3.79 1.30 19.7% 7.3%


Greene makes his return to the rotation after a month and a half on the IL. His last start was at the Miami Marlins on August 1, where he pitched six shut-out innings with eight strikeouts while allowing only one hit.

Greene’s problem this season has been in allowing a lot of home runs. He’s allowed 23 of them and his HR/FB% is 17.3%. Of course, when his FB% is 50.2, a lot of those fly balls are probably going to leave the ballpark. Greene’s home/road splits are about even too, so it’s not like he’s prone to give up more at Great American Ball Park. He’s given up 12 home runs on the road and 11 home runs at home.


The left-hander Quintana has put together a very good season, first with the Pirates and now with the Cardinals. He had a 3.50 ERA in 20 starts for the Pirates, but since being with the Cardinals has pitched even better than that. In eight starts, he has a 2.93 ERA and 29 strikeouts, while allowing just one home run in 40.0 innings. He last faced the Reds at GABP on August 31st and gave up two runs on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout in 4.2 innings.

Nick Senzel has hit .417 in 12 at-bats against Quintana. Donovan Solano and Stuart Fairchild each have one hit off him in two-at-bats.

News and Notes

Roster move this afternoon

Luke Farrell, who the Reds claimed off waivers from the Cubs a week ago and then designated for assignment, is being sent to Triple-A.

Noelvi Marte at the WBC qualifer

Reds #2 prospect Noelvi Marte had a big game for Spain in their World Baseball Classic qualifer. Doug Gray has all the details over at


58 Responses

  1. Wayne Nabors

    Wish he would,I’m at game haha

  2. Redsvol

    Farmer and Solano are ice cold. I do not understand why Lopez isn’t playing? Can’t be worse than those two’s last 2 weeks. I do not understand what Bell has against Alejo Lopez?

    • Jeffversion1

      You and me both. At least Barrero gets to play… gotta give Farmer a break from SS.

    • Melvin

      Lopez has been a mystery for quite some time now. Average wise he’s one of the best hitters on the roster of a very poor hitting team.

      • Redsvol

        1 homer doesn’t make up for the 2nd half he’s had. His OPS is solidly below league average. I like Farmer as a solid utility player, but its useless to play him over Lopez, Steer, or Barerro the rest of the year.

      • SOQ

        Farmer has been the most consistent player on the team this year

  3. Earmbrister

    A year ago it was:

    I don’t understand what Bell has against Barrero.

  4. Earmbrister

    FBs vs off speed stuff. What will win?

    • Earmbrister

      Yes he is. That was masterful pitching against Goldschmidt.

  5. Bet on Red

    its so nice to see such a good pitcher again

  6. Doc

    Exciting thing about Greene is that despite 11 strikeouts, he’s only at 81 pitches through 6 innings, nicely below the magical 15 per inning benchmark.

  7. VaRedsFan

    Masterful effort by Greene.
    Hopefully he can finish the season strong and healthy.

  8. Mark Moore

    Welcome back Hunter Greene. Looks like that rehab time did you a world of good. Another 11 K’s from one of our young stud starters. Pretty pitch efficient as well.

    • Mark Moore

      Score it for Sanmartin!!

      Albert was a little anxious.

  9. Kevin H

    Way to go Greene!!!

    Lodolo, Ashcraft, and Greene the future of the Reds..

  10. Mark Moore

    Tough break for Barrero. He did what he could and smacked it hard. The Lettuce Guy worked the count hard but then couldn’t convert. I really don’t want to see an extra inning game tonight.

    • Harry Stoner

      Bell just got into “Tinker” mode.

      I don’t think any of us will be forced to stay up late.

  11. VaRedsFan

    Effective RP being removed….this is where things usually go South.

    • Mark Moore

      My wife was asking why. I told her I really don’t know. Could be any one of a dozen things rolling around the head of DTBell that prompted the change.

  12. Kevin H

    Really think Farmer has to be part of the bullpen discussion next season

  13. Mark Moore

    Nice work by Farmer to bear down and get it done.

    So, back at the beginning of the game, I turned it on and just let it roll. Wasn’t paying strict attention as we ate dinner (those wonderful burgers I mentioned 😀 ).

    At one point, I was wondering why Thrall was attempting to expand his vocabulary so much … when it hit me I hadn’t switched to the WLW feed. Even only paying moderate attention, Sadak’s incessant need to use 3-8 adjectives in every sentence broke through my fog and prompted me to switch the audio feed.

    Glad I did as listening to Cowboy call Greene’s fabulous start was a treat.

    • Melvin

      He’s a nice guy. He (Sadak) just gives me a headache sometimes. I guess part of it is that he emphasizes so many syllables all the time. Drives me bonkers after awhile.

      • Mark Moore

        Not saying he isn’t a nice guy, but the overuse of words and the hyper-emphasis of syllables like you note are not something I think belong in a broadcast boot at this level. At least when Joey was in the booth, Sadak would shut up more.

      • Melvin

        Just not baseball the way he does it. It’s a long season. Maybe he drinks too much caffeine. It WAS a little quieter when Joey was in there which I liked. 🙂

  14. Mark Moore

    Thrall called that a “high heater” at first. I think it was a borderline call.

  15. Mark Moore

    Can we break through in the 10th and maybe score one (or six)?

  16. Mark Moore

    Don’t have a good feeling about this now. Feels like it’s gonna take a minor miracle to get out of the 10th without the WLB’s scoring.

    Makes for a very long day and then they’re back at it for a Sunday afternoon affair. Tough trip and series no matter how you slice it.

    • Mark Moore

      I do believe that qualifies as a minor miracle … maybe tilting toward a major one.

      We’ve been gifted a shot here. Time to capitalize. Friedl on 2nd to start things off.

      • Melvin

        That was near the edge of the grass with the outfielder coming in. Not smart.

  17. Melvin

    Cardinals made a stupid move there. Got us off the hook.

  18. Mark Moore

    Complete lack of consistency by the HP Chumpire once again. Compounded by some terrible AB’s by our guys. Maybe PH for The Lettuce Guy there? Was Lopez available?

  19. Melvin

    I think that was smart base running by the Cardinals there. Won the game.

    • Mark Moore

      Smart to interfere and hope the HP Chumpire or one of the others didn’t call him on it? I suppose so. Smart to cheat if you can get away with it.

  20. Mark Moore

    And when a challenge would actually be warranted because it was a completely blown call, the play isn’t eligible for review. We did it to ourselves in the end, but losing on a crap call like that just completely stinks up the joint.

    Time for bed.

    • Melvin

      I think that is within the rules to do that if I’m not mistaken. Chris Welsh was saying it was. It’s not the same as running to 1B. He wasn’t trying to run into the ball but just the throwing lane. It does seem though that a play like that should be reviewable.

      • Melvin

        Cowboy concurs about the rule I’m afraid. It seems rotten though.

      • Mark Moore

        Cowboy said the exact opposite. He deviated about 6′ from where he started. Doesn’t matter now anyway and probably would have only delayed the inevitable.

    • magi210

      It did seem like the runner intentionally shifted his path to home to get in the way of a throw, I guess it’s an umpire judgement call.

  21. VaRedsFan

    The runner deviated about 6 feet from where he started…clearly out of the baseline. Terrible no call.
    They call that 100% of the time on a runner going to first.

  22. Daytonnati

    I guess I do not understand what interference is anymore … if that was NOT interference?

    • Mark Moore

      Umpire had dinner reservations. Couldn’t risk the game continuing. He owes everybody a public apology.

  23. LDS

    Second 1-0 loss in 6 games. 1-9 in the last 10 games. 100 losses looking more and more likely. Really pulling for 102. All they need is 3-13, well in reach based on how they’re playing. Sure glad that Zinter is working with Barrero and Senzel. It’s making all the difference in the world.

  24. Kevin H

    Great pitching by the Reds. Came up short, but Greene, Farmer, and Diaz… Cruz for going back out after starting yesterday

  25. Kevin H

    Wow, just saw video replay. How was that not called interference. Dude was running in the grass. Not the base line

    • Melvin

      The rules may not say that was interference but it should be.