Aristides Aquino (Photo: Jeffrey Hayes)

Albert Pujols hits 698th homer, Reds drop close game in St. Louis

The Reds got off to a 4-1 lead in the top of the 5th, but that was short-lived. Albert Pujols hit career home run #698 in the bottom of the 6th inning to tie the game at 4. The Reds would take the lead back in the top of the 7th on a Kyle Farmer solo home run, but the Cardinals scored two runs right back in the bottom of the 7th on a poorly hit double from Nolan Arenado. That would prove to be the final score in a 6-5 defeat for the Reds.
Joey Votto (Photo: Redleg Nation Staff)

Offense, defense, umpire let down Luis Castillo in Reds loss

Luis Castillo gave the Reds six very strong innings, but his offense, defense and the home plate umpire let him down on this night. The Cardinals scored both of their runs in the first inning off Castillo, courtesy of a missed call that should have been strike 3 to end the inning, followed by two Reds errors.