The Cincinnati Reds kept their winning ways going on a day when the pitching staff welcomed back Nick Lodolo and dominated the Cardinals. All four runs of the game were scored in the first two innings and the Reds held on for a 3-1 win, snapping the St. Louis winning streak at five and running their own winning streak to four.

Final R H E
St. Louis Cardinals (25-27)
1 5 2
Cincinnati Reds (24-30)
3 5 0
W: Lodolo (4-2) L: Lynn (2-3) SV: Sims (1)
Box Score | Game Thread

Nick Lodolo got a rude welcome back from Paul Goldschmidt in the top of the 1st as he crushed a 2-out solo home run to put the Cardinals on top 1-0. In the bottom of the inning Jeimer Candelario got that run back with a 2-out solo home run of his own that tied things up.

The next inning saw the Reds get back to things with a little bit of help from the Cardinals defense. Nick Martini led off the inning by reaching on an error by Nolan Arenado. Jonathan India followed up with a single and Martini moved up a base. Will Benson then singled in the go-ahead run, but he would be caught stealing with Jacob Hurtubise at the plate. Cincinnati got some more help from the defense when Hurtubise hit a grounder to first, but Paul Goldschmidt couldn’t come up with it and it trickled into the outfield, bringing India in to score and make it 3-1 for the home team.

That’s where the game remained as Lance Lynn settled in and Nick Lodolo kept cruising. The Reds lefty gave up a leadoff single in the 6th and then got Paul Goldschmidt to fly out, but that ended his day as Fernando Cruz took over. Cruz proceeded to strike out the next five Cardinal hitters,holding onto the 3-1 lead through the top of the 7th.

In the bottom of the inning the Reds would get walks from Jonathan India, Elly De La Cruz, and Jeimer Candelario, but Spencer Steer flew out to center to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.

Sam Moll took over on the mound for Cincinnati in the 8th. He would strike out two batters in a perfect frame as the Reds pitching continued to dominate the Cardinals. Lucas Sims came out for the 9th to try and pick up the save and he made easy work, striking out the first two batters of the inning then getting a pop up in foul territory to end the game.

Key Moment of the Game

Calling on Fernando Cruz in the 6th inning. He came out of the bullpen and dominated the Cardinals and struck out all five batters he faced and set the tone the rest of the game.

Notes Worth Noting

Nick Lodolo, who had allowed four earned runs in each of his two starts in May before landing on the injured list, gave up just one run today and lowered his ERA on the season to 3.12 through seven starts.

With his five strikeouts today, Fernando Cruz has now struck out 48 batters in 24.1 innings this season. He’s faced exactly 100 hitters, giving him a 48% strikeout rate. Among pitchers with at least 20 innings this season that’s the second highest rate in baseball – trailing only Oakland’s Mason Miller who is at 53.6%. No one else was above 40% entering the day.

The Reds pitching staff had 12 strikeouts and walked no one. All four pitchers in the game for Cincinnati recorded multiple strikeouts.

Cincinnati hitters walked six times and had six strikeouts on the day.

Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds

St. Louis Cardinals vs Cincinnati Reds

Tuesday May 28th, 6:40pm ET

Kyle Gibson (3-2, 3.81 ERA) vs Andrew Abbott (3-4, 2.68 ERA)

100 Responses

  1. Melvin

    “The Reds pitching staff had 12 strikeouts and walked no one.”

    A recipe for winning.

    • Harry Stoner

      I’m usually looking forward to a few HBP against StL, but Edman and Carpenter didn’t play.

      Arenado is always worth a little chin music, as well.

  2. Melvin

    “Cincinnati hitters walked six times and had six strikeouts on the day.”

    We can usually live with that.

    • JayTheRed

      Last week I said that the team needed to be more selective on pitches to hit. Wish granted. It’s been a pleasure watching most of the AB’s this week.

  3. Mauired

    I think Sadek mentioned the Cards offense really struggles against lefty starters, not unlike the Reds. Sounds like Reds have a strong chance to win the series tomorrow with Abbott starting.

    • Melvin

      I like Williamson too. When he’s ready maybe we can think about a Montas trade if he will get us some help?

      • Mauired

        I agree but I don’t think Reds entertain that idea unless they are out of contention for the playoffs.

        Currently only 3 games out despite playing terrible this month.

        I think they most likely hold on to him and take the draft pick after offering a qualifying offer in the off-season. Williamson is definitely next man up if a starter goes down.

      • Melvin

        Well that would be one way Krall could make a trade without giving up too many if any prospects. Maybe worth a try. Maybe we need Montas? We do need help one way or another.

      • MBS

        I am a big fan of Williamson, and before his injury I couldn’t understand how anyone could not count him in the starting 5 for the Reds.

        That being said, he is the last to get/getting healthy, and it would be a bad idea to deplete the depth we have. Injuries are apart of sports, and we are in a nice position with our depth.

        I’m not opposed to a 6 man rotation which could give us 3 LHP, and 3 RHP. That could allow us to stack the rotation against opposing teams weaknesses. Having that extra day off for the rotation would allow you to slide a guy up or down without risk of injury due to lack of rest.

        Short of that, I’d say keep Williamson in AAA, until he is needed, and preserve our depth.

      • Melvin

        Sounds fine MBS. Will have to use some of our minor league depth to strengthen the team then.

      • MBS

        @Melvin, I’m with that idea. Anyone, and I mean anyone in A ball or lower is a no brainer for me. Get proper value, but this team needs offensive help NOW if they want to make a real run at the playoffs.

        I know this will sound like a contradiction to my earlier point but I’d move a bullpen member or 2 to clear spots for Santillan, and Young to come up. The reason I say this is we have no room for either of them, or Spiers, Legumina, Maxwell, or Bruihl. That’s 5 arms that I think could help the club, and 3 of which I think are better than the bottom 4 arms in our pen. The other 2 are a push or just under them. So the depth we have there is substantial imo. Rotation depth would be razor thin if we moved a key piece away.

      • Rob

        A Montas trade just kind of seems like a waste to me. Why even sign him in January if you are going to trade him in July.? We got him to be the mature leader of our starting staff. I too like the idea of having an extra quality starter in reserve. As far as haul, I don’t think Montas will even bring you as much as 3-4 of our other starters. I am all for offensive additions but Montas isn’t who I would be dangling as trade bait……at least from a 2024 perspective. He was a $15M addition, not $25M Sonny Gray, and I think may very well provide that value before all is said and done. Now if you want to salary dump, that is a whole different question.

      • Melvin

        Need to do some “wheeling and dealing”. Come on Krall.

      • Votto4life

        @Rob you make a very good point. I agree about Montas. If you look at the Red’s FA signings last off season, you will find that although the Reds spent a lot of money on paper, I don’t believe they had any intention of spending that amount in real life.

        They signed Pagan and Martinez both to two year contracts, with opt out options for the players, knowing it’s likely one or both would opt out after the first year(my guess it will be Martinez) If they choose not to opt out, the Reds always have the option to trade one or both of them. The only risk the Reds run is if one or both get injured and missed season two.

        As you point out, the Montas signing will likely be for four months (April to July). So, the Reds will end up only being on the hook for about $12 million dollars.

        The only Free Agent the Reds made a real commitment to is Jemier Candelario. Even he could be traded at the deadline next year which would end up costing the Reds roughly $25 Million opposed to $46 Million he originally signed on for.

        This is not a criticism of the Red’s front office. It’s just a reminder that Bob Castellini still owns the team.

        I really liked to the signings of Martinez, Pagan and Suter. I thought the Candelrio signing was a bad idea and still think so. I also wasn’t thrilled with the Montas signing either. So if they deal Montas in July, as you suggest, I won’t be bothered, especially if the Reds can land a decent prospect out of the deal.

      • AC

        I’m sure they’d get a real haul for the team’s 4th best starter with an opt out at the end of the season. I bet if they add in Espinal they could get back at least Bryce Harper.

      • Mauired

        Hey you never know. Pirates got O’Neil Cruz from Dodgers for Tony Watson at trade deadline. Astros got Yordan Alvarez from Dodgers for Tony Watson at trade deadline. Reds got Spencer Steer, CES, and a pitcher later traded for Will Benson for an injured Tyler Mahle ath the trade deadline.

        Teams do stupid things out of desperation at the deadline. Hopefully if Reds are out of contention and trading guys they do so with Dodgers or Twins.

      • Mauired

        Astros got Alvarez for Josh Fields**

  4. Dennis Westrick

    Unbelievable pitching by each and every Reds pitcher today!

    Would have liked to see a few more runs!

    Nice to see the Reds strikeout number under 10 today!

    Bottom line, any win over the Dirty Birds is a good win!

    Let’s keep the winning streak going!

    • TR

      Series wins will get the Reds moving up in the standings.

  5. DHud

    Really was frustrated seeing bell go to the bullpen when he did. I wanted to see him ride Lodolo longer, but sure am glad I was wrong

    • Dennis Westrick

      Begrudgingly, I have to admit the Bell made the right decision at the right point in the game! Cruz was just filthy – 5 batters faced, 5 SOs!

    • Mark Moore

      Pretty sure he was on an 80 pitch limit. Eating dinner so I didn’t have sound. I’m speculating.

    • JayTheRed

      My guess is that they didn’t want to push Lodolo too hard on his first day back.

    • Tom Reeves

      Same here. I didn’t get it until I saw the result.

      Man, even with Lodolo lifted at 81 pitches, it’s been awesome to see him and Greene mature into exceptional front of the rotation pitchers.

  6. Mark A Verticchio

    First 4 game win streak since winning 5 in a row last July 19 – 23.

  7. MK

    Last 7 games India has a .375 OBP and has really added a spark coinciding with their win streak. Tagging up at first and advancing on the fly ball to left is something a field leader plays and leads by example.

    • JB WV

      That was a smart, veteran play by India and he seems healthy. I like him down the order right now, some pop in that 6-7 spot and Benson as the 9 hitter is always a threat. About time for Elly to get hot again.

  8. Mark Moore

    Last MLB team to string 4 wins together this year. Let’s make it 5 tomorrow.

    Well managed by Bell. Lodolo looked pretty good for 81 pitches. Cruz covering 1.2 with all K’s helped a bunch.

    Consider today’s Pig Kicked!!

    • MK

      Was kind of surprised thet let Cruz comeback out for a second inning. Kind of goes against their normal approach of relievers and one-inning per appearance.

  9. Chad A Donnell

    The boys have come off the carpet. I did not see it coming. Who did?
    Reds pitching staff starting to flex some muscle. The last four has made me a proud Reds fan. I could not say that a week ago. Disgusted, sad, disappointed but here they are. It is why we love baseball. Showing up in person (from INDY) to salute the boys tomorrow and again in June.

    • Andrew Brewer

      I was listening to the Reds broadcasters for the first Dodger game on Friday… They said the stands were packed, over 40,000 in attendance. I said What ? The Reds had not been winning. Reds fans, I salute you ! And the Reds have responded…

      • Melvin

        Someone said there have been a lot of Dodger fans there too but a packed house is still good. 😉

      • JB

        Reds drew over 117,000 people for that three game series against the Dodgers. Good to see.

      • Still a Red

        Every one wants to see Othani. And our pitchers kept him pretty much in check!

      • Mauired

        The ticket sales had nothing to do with Reds. People want to see the best player in the world.

      • Tom Reeves

        Packed houses are $$ revenue and sustained revenue is the key to the long term success of this team.

      • MK

        A lot of Cards cheering there yesterday. Let those other teams fans pay to expand our payroll.

        As far as selling tickets just to see Ohtani I’m sure Elly is selling a few tickets on the road.

      • Mauired

        I love Elly but there’s no comparison in production or ticket sales at this point. Shohei is a once in a lifetime player.

  10. Michael B. Green

    No walks. We drew 6! All spells victory.

    • Dennis Westrick

      No walks by Red’s pitchers in a game makes this old Reds fan happy! Very Happy!

  11. Roger Garrett

    Reds ride the pitching to a win.Relievers struck out 9 of the last 11 Cardinal hitters and well its just hard to imagine that.Cruz is just nasty.Moll is really good and the good Sims showed up today.GO RED.Lets score early and often tomorrow and make it 5 in a row.

    • JayTheRed

      I have been a huge fan of Moll ever since he came over from Oakland. I was shocked when they demoted him earlier this year. I feel like he always gives you quality basically every time out of the pen.

      • Melvin

        Maybe the A’s have more players we could use. 😉

      • Amarillo

        It wasn’t a real demotion. He was coming off of an injury and no one on the roster at the time had an Option. Mix of playing it safe in regards to pitching injuries and not wanting to DFA anyone.

      • Doug Gray

        Those paychecks certainly show it was a real demotion.

      • BK

        He was only down for nine days so the option was essentially revoked. Doesn’t that mean that he should get service time credit and MLB pay?

  12. RedsGettingBetter

    Huge win against division rival who has been very tough to defeat in last years…I’m still concerned about the offense who can’t crushed Lynn today. Lynn has been a below average pitcher this season but the Reds were helped by the Cards defense errors and find the way to win. Tomorrow the will face Kyle Gibson who is a complicated pitcher but vulnerable at times and has been pretty lucky thru the season according to his numbers regard to BABIP, xERA, xFIP…Let’s see if Abbott keeps his strong performance shown in his last 2 outings…

    • Rednat

      I agree. I would expect to see the same regression from Marte, McClain, amd CES when they return as i have seen Benson,Steer and India and Stephenson. Call it sophmore- junior adjustment period i suppose.
      The pitching has been elite. Do we trade a pitcher or 2 to at the deadline to build up our offense?. Or do we stay put and try to grind out enough low scoring wins to get a wild card? Interesting times indeed

  13. Still a Red

    Keep the strike outs down and put the ball in play! Example: Benson little bouncer opposite way past Arenado.

  14. SteveAReno

    If Fernando Cruz keeps this up, he could be an All Star

    • TR

      Cruz seems comfortable as the 7th. or 8th. inning reliever.

  15. Jessecuster44

    Credit where due. Fine use of the bullpen today, Mr. Bell

  16. Will the Red

    Love seeing this little streak. Hoping it can become a big one!

  17. CFD3000

    I love 12 K’s with no walks for the pitching staff, and the return of Lodolo is very welcome. Let’s hope he can stay strong and healthy. I like 6 walks vs. just 6 K’s for the hitters too. But just 5 hits? Not enough for long term success. We’re seeing signs of improvement for the offense but they’re not there yet. I’m hoping the 6 walks are another sign of better plate discipline which may lead to more hits too. No comment on Speiers headed back to AAA with Santillan still there. That side of this year’s Reds is still a hot mess. Now how about 5 in a row and a series win over the Cards? Go Reds!

    • BK

      Diaz, who most agree has turned things around, and Martinez, who has been outstanding in relief are the only two active relievers with ERA+ below 100. Kennedy will likely only get used if a starter falters early. Young is now eligible to come off the IL. Spiers will continue to start at AAA. Santillan and Legumina are pitching well in the minors and available when needed. Pagan’s IL stint should be short. The bullpen appears to be anything but a hot mess.

      • CFD3000

        BK I’m not suggesting that the pitchers themselves are a hot mess.
        Not awesome, but certainly mostly solid. Cruz, Diaz and Sims have struggled at times but that’s standard stuff for almost all of relievers. I’m referring to the ongoing transaction log that reflects who has options and who doesn’t rather than who is performing well.
        Santillan and Moll should be well established in Cincinnati, but instead one hasn’t left AAA and the other got demoted despite literally not allowing any runs in the majors. And even if the bullpen does perform well I hate a system where options status dictates personnel decisions instead of actual performance.

      • BK

        Santillan played himself off the 40-man roster via injuries and underperformance. He’s in much better shape this year than during his struggles, and while I agree he’ll get another shot in the majors, he has not proven himself better than any pitcher on the Red’s roster except perhaps Kennedy. The notion that Santillan would be outperforming anyone in the Red’s bullpen is highly speculative.

        Kennedy is the outlier. I doubt he will be on the roster past Wednesday, but Martinez and Spier are likely unavailable through Wednesday. So, the decision was likely one based on the availability of a long-reliever with options playing a secondary role.

        As for options … MLB already has obvious competitive balance issues. The 40-man roster limit and options effectively keep the larger market teams from exploiting their financial advantages by hoarding minor leaguers.

      • Optimist

        BK on point here, and there’s good news hidden within this discussion – namely, the Reds finally have some MLB pitching talent in MiLB. Compare with the various tryouts they had last season about this time – Kennedy 1.0, et. al., and consider the past 5-7 years of various arms they’ve allowed to have lots of ip.

        Over on Doug’s other site (insert Patreon pitch here – https://www.patreon.com/redsminorleagues/posts) he discusses the troubles the top prospects are having, but consider those just below them on various lists – Santillan, Spiers, and Maxwell are each doing very well, and Williamson seems to be returning soon as well. There are also some others in lower MiLB who are performing well.

        Again, the hitting is the acute present problem, but after years of pitching disasters, the trend finally is moving in a good direction.

        Now, about the top 3 prospects struggling . . .

    • MBS

      There’s no real solution to unjam our bullpen this year. Lets assume Martinez, and Pagan opt out of their deal at the end of the season. Farmer and Sims will also be gone since they will be FA’s.

      What I’d like to see as our bullpen in 2025 is Diaz, Moll, Cruz, Suter, Young then a mix of Spiers, Phillips, Richardson, Maxwell, and Legumina for the final 3 optionable spots.

      Our rotation should still be deep HG, NL, AA, GA, BW, with Petty, Lowder, and Aguiar in AAA. Plus, there’s the possibility that Montas doesn’t opt out.

      • Optimist

        The solution this season is July trades – swap rental relievers for rental hitters. Generally inadvisable, but this year may be an exception.

      • MBS

        ERA +
        Farmer 194
        1 Moll 145
        2 Suter 105
        3 Cruz 104
        4 Sims 103
        5 Pagan 102
        6 Martinez 96
        7 Diaz 74
        8 Wilson 73

        DIaz is our best option at closer despite his poor year. Martinez despite being just under league average has been extremely valuable as a starter, long man. That leaves Wilson as the lone player to move if the goal is to win more games in 2024.

        So we trade Wilson, and add Santillan to the 40 man. I’d do it, and we’d probably be a stronger team for doing it. We wouldn’t be a more flexible team, as Santillan would also have zero options. That means guys like Spiers, and Young who also should be on a MLB roster are going to be pitching in AAA.

        Now if we are talking about trading BP arms for offensive player that could help this year, that’s a different story.

      • BK

        Not to be pedantic, but is there a problem WRT the Red’s bullpen requiring a solution? The numbers you lay out above indicate a group that is collectively league average or better and improving. It seems like we’re labeling depth as problematic, but depth was the reason the Reds brought in multiple FA relievers.

      • MBS

        @BK, I didn’t say problem, just logjam. Priority 1 is having good pitches, and we have that. Priority 2 is depth, and we have that. Priority 3 is flexibility, and we don’t have that.

        That’s why I said “there’s no real solution to unjam our bullpen this year.” To really unjam the pen it would result in lessening of the top 2 priorities.

        2025 we should be able to have all 3 priorities met. That’s assuming a bunch still but there seems to be a good likelihood of that being the case.

      • Optimist

        MBS – they’re very close to flexibility – closer than in recent memory. The 2 obvious trade/rental candidates are Farmer and Sims – both proven at their level, both FAs, both injury free so far. There may be interest in Wilson, but I expect lesser than those 2.

        Normally, you want like for like pitcher/pitcher or hitter/hitter trades, but if they need an extra rental bat for the last few months, there’s the makings of a trade.

        Caveats are it’s the pen, so individual numbers can vary wildly, and injuries happen randomly. With that, they still have depth and quality – the collective stats show that, and they don’t have the missing southpaw issue they’ve so often had.

        Even as cheap as they are, these aren’t salary issues – it’s much more is there a trade, or trades, waiting to happen?

      • BK

        If a logjam requires a solution, it is, by definition, a problem. I see the logs flowing neatly through the Ohio River to GABP–older, more proven logs in the bullpen, younger, less proven logs at the ready in Louisville. Aside from yesterday (Kennedy was just dropped for Young), the only problem the Reds have had is more quality logs available than 26-man roster spots. Too many logs does not equal logjam, it equals depth. Depth is an opportunity that may enable the Reds to address a need closer to the trade deadline.

      • MBS

        @BK, Yes technically a log jam is a problem. That’s why I laid out the priority of needs, as 1 Quality, 2 Depth, 3 Flexibility. I wouldn’t sacrifice 1 or 2 for the sake of the 3rd. That’s why For Me, it has no 2024 solution.

        @Optimist, Even if we run into a team that needs a BP arm for a run, they are not likely to give us the type of bat we need to help this offense. Maybe if we add in some prospects it could be different, but most contending teams don’t trade away useful MLB players.

  18. Jason Franklin

    I noticed in the highlights that the Cardinal annoucers really made a point to bring up the strikeouts that the Reds batters had so far this year. They didn’t say a negative word about their team, of course. I really don’t recall the Reds announcers (or any other teams announcers) trying to degrade the opponent like that.

    • Amarillo

      I don’t think many Reds fans appreciate how amazing everyone on our TV and Radio teams really are until they have to listen to other teams announcers. We’re blessed to have the broadcasters we do.

    • TR

      The Reds and Cardinals (originally the Browns) are two of the oldest NL teams. Verbal putdowns from Card announcers do not surprise me.

      • Rob

        Is what it is. Like saying a team is slow afoot or doesn’t have any pitching. I wouldn’t take offense. I have heard Reds announcers belittle the bullpen of other teams. Or national NFL announcers talk lack of a running game or poor defense. Like Geno in the past, a couple of our guys strikeout a lot.

    • doofus

      There are some TV tandems that put down the opposition. I think Orel Hershiser is one of the dodger announcers. He can be something of a horse’s pitoot.

      Cubs and brave announcers can also be annoying if I remember correctly. Giants team not to bad.

    • Optimist

      Did they “degrade” the Reds, or simply point out the obvious? IOW, were they simply explaining likely pitching strategy, or were they mocking the lineup?

      • Jason Franklin

        They are like a snooty, rich uncle who complains about the quality of the linens at your house as they stay over for a funeral.

  19. Indy Red Man

    96 mph is the common theme here. Lodolo and Sims touched 96 today and Diaz yesterday. Good to see, but I still think we need a big arm in the pen to get back in it. The bats aren’t killing it, but got the job done. Can’t take the Cards seriously with Lynn, Gibson, and Mikolas on the senior tour. Maybe we can beat them up this year?

    • mac624

      Maybe Maxwell fills that big arm need by the trade deadline.

  20. Rednat

    I was at the game. Curious to know what was said about the Benson steal attempt. He had a heck of a jump so i was surprised the ball beat him by that much. Was it supposef to be double steal? Did someone miss a sign?
    Kimd of a weird time to pull a dpuble steal with no outs. Could have been a bigger inning

    • VaRedsFan

      Benson slowed up going to 2nd trying to force a rundown, hoping India would takeoff for home. It’s not the 1st time we’ve seen this Little League attempt fail.
      It was an idiotic attempt weather Benson did that on his own, or it was called by the dugout.

      Steal the base if you can, but stop giving yourself up as bait and hope it works out on the other side.

      • Jim Walker

        Agree. Probably the only time to try this with is EDLC on 3B (or maybe Fairchild) but with no outs even that is questionable. As early in the game as this was, even on a grounder that is not right at the 3B or 1B, the opposition is going to concede the run to go for 2 outs on a GIDP.

        Benson may be feeling some heat with the talk of Friedl being back “next week” (note my skepticism about this timetable while recalling that like mañana next week never comes) and Hurtubise emerging as a viable leadoff guy.

    • BK

      Benson’s caught stealing rate is too high. He seemed to underestimate the Cardinals catcher. Not a good move on his part.

      • Jim Walker

        Per BB Reference, Benson leads the league in caught stealing with 6CS as opposed to only 8SB. That’s a CS rate of 42.9%. Throw in that he leads the league in Ks with 74 in 188PAs, a 39.4%. rate.

        I find myself wondering what has changed with Benson from 2023 when he had 19 steals in 22 attempts (only a 13.6% CS rate); and, his K rate has gone from 31.3% in 2023 to 39.4% so far this year.

        Through April his 2024 seasonal OPS was .726 but from May 1 through currently his OPS is .620.

      • Jason Franklin

        @Jim I wonder if he is feeling the pressure this year so far in regards to how poor he has hit overall. He may be pushing himself and making a lot of dumb mistakes (not only his steals, but his defensive play and baserunning have been pretty poor). Didn’t he get sent down last year for a bit and that seemed to help clear his mind/maybe anxiety? Who knows.

  21. Michael Wilson

    Pitching is the key. A well pitched game makes the lack of offense go unnoticed. Hang onto the pitching.
    Back in the day, mid 60s, L A had Koufax, Drysdale and Wills. Wills would lead off, draw a walk, steal 2nd, move to 3rd on a ground out, and a sac fly would bring him home. Wills would then tell Koufax, there’s your run.

    • doofus

      The first game I saw Koufax was on the mound. 6/21/64, Crosley Field.

      • Michael Wilson

        Loved Crosley Field. The smell of red hots (grilled hotdogs), the outfield terrace, and all the beer signs (Weidemann’s, Hudepohl, Burgie). Indelible sights, sounds, and smells.

  22. VaRedsFan

    Angel Hernandez has decided to retire.
    I didn’t realize he only umped in 10 games last year.
    Most of the umps are so bad now, that their badness all blends together, and they all look like Angel….including the bad ump today.

    Good riddance.

  23. old-school

    Candelario batting avg and OBP are poor but his slugging is pulling his OPS towards respectability. He had over 60 extra base hits 2 of the last 3 years and is a hot streak away from getting back to those numbers. He is on pace for 18 homers and 32 doubles despite all the struggles. Still has work to do but climbing out of a big hole.

    • MBS

      The reason Candy got this deal was his numbers last season. He’s already playing like those numbers now. He is living up to his contract imo. We didn’t exactly pay for a world beater.

      2023 .251/.336/.471
      2024 .222/.323/.414
      MAY .260/.321/.419

      I like the FA’s we brought in with the exception of Pagan. Martinez, Montas, Suter, Farmer, and Candy have all been earning their money. I do wish we signed bigger impact players, but we did get some nice vets to stabilize things. We probably need one or 3 more on the offensive side of things.

      • LarkinPhillips

        Excellent point MBS. None of the FA signings this offseason were really large contracts compared to the rest of the league, only large compared to what the Reds spend. We shouldn’t expect these signings to suddenly start being game changing players. They were and are solid players at best and in today’s game it costs a lot to get that on the FA market.

        As most pointed out, these signings raised our floor which, despite all the injuries (and Marte) and sophomore regressions, we still are in the race at this point in the year.

  24. 50thyearRedsfan

    Our pitching is the strength of this team as shown in the last three games. I don’t think we can expect the offense to change much until we get Friedl and Marte back and even then it will be gradually better and not great, this team will go as far as the pitching takes them and that is the state of baseball these days. Even the most expensive best hitters in the game were stymied by Reds pitching so it is better to have pitching than hitting, which is sad because I love to watch our hitters and base runners excel. All I can say about our hitters is they are more than capable of punishing any mistake pitches that come their way. But if the opposing pitcher is on his game it will be a long day for Reds fans unless our pitcher is doing the same and then it is a tossup. Sorry state of umpires calling outside pitches a strike today but as long as they are consistent the hitters just have to adjust and swing at the outside pitch, nothing we can do about that. I like the guy Hurtubise especially in the lead off spot. And Fairchild reminds me of Geronimo the way he chases down those fly balls in the outfield that has a lot of value right there and his hitting is pretty good as well. Overall we have to be happy with hanging in there only a few games out of a wildcard spot despite the loss of some of our best players the only question is when will we be playing our best streak of the year? It was in the middle of the season last year and we played pretty bad at the most crucial time, as the season was hanging in the balance so let’s hope that is reversed this year.

    • Rednat

      Responding to Jim Walker above about Benson. I think not having Votto around has been a factor in Benson’s poor performance this year. He was a mentor for Benson and others as well. Hind sight is always 20/20 but looking back now i think it was a mistake to let Votto go.

      • TR

        You have a point, especially after Joey’s long Reds career. If he would take the job, I’d like to see Votto as Red’s hitting coach.

  25. old-school

    Moving on from yesterdays game but one final point about the HP umpire.

    Lance McCalister posted the Umpire scorecards twitter report cards for the game.

    HP umpire was 89% accurate, which is 3% below expected level of 92% with a + 0.97 run advantage for the Cards. The 3 most impactful calls were all against the Reds.

    1.) bottom of 5th ball that was called strike 3 on Elly with a 3-2 count.
    2.) bottom 2 1-0 count, ball called a strike against Benson
    3.)Bottom 6- 1 out, runner on first and 1-2 count and ball called strike 3 on stephenson.

    they need at least a challenge system of some sort THIS year. Maybe each team gets 2 a game till they figure it out in the off-season.

  26. old-school

    Alex young is up, DFA Kennedy.
    anyone remember the last time Reds had 3 lefties in the pen?

    • BK

      It hasn’t been that long “this season”: May 15-16 (Moll, Suter, and Wilson). But it’s nice to see three quality LHRP on the roster. Prior to this year, it’s been a really long time.

  27. gusnwally

    My son sat in front of some dodger fans a few days ago. Said they were really great people. They could not believe the concession prices at GABP. One guy went and got 5 dogs and quite a bit of other stuff for 25.00 and was shocked. He asked them about the price of beer. Was told it is 24.00 for a beer. My dad quite buying beer at Crosley when it went from .25 to .30. Glad he never saw Dodger stadium.