|St. Louis Cardinals (30-28)||6||10||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (22-36)||7||12||4|
|W: Cingrani (1-2) L: Siegrest (4-1)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score|
–After the Reds had blown a 6-1 lead and a good start by John Lamb, Joey Votto came to the rescue with a walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth. The homer was Votto’s 11th; he also doubled.
–Billy Hamilton — yes, that Billy Hamilton — was 3-3 with a home run. An over-the-fence homer, his second of the year. Just in case you were confused, Hamilton also swiped two bases against the Cardinals’ neck-tatted catcher.
–Adam Duvall hit a homer, his 17th, off Mike Leake in the bottom of the fourth. Duvall collected his first career homer (also his first hit) off Leake, was traded for Leake last year, then bruised another one off him tonight.
–Every Reds position player got a hit.
–John Lamb was very effective again tonight: 7.1 innings, one earned run allowed on four hits. Then, when he was removed from the game in the eighth inning, he actually drove off the field in his yellow Trans-Am. It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen on a baseball field in my life.
–The defense. The defense was very bad. Eugenio Suarez and Brandon Phillips — yes, that Brandon Phillips — each made two errors. BP’s errors were particularly costly.
With the Reds leading 6-1, Lamb walked the first batter, but induced a grounder to third. Phillips took the throw, recording the first out at second, but threw the ball away. Then, on the very next batter, BP made another error, leaving runners at first and third. Enter Blake Wood: sacrifice fly made it 6-2, two singles and a double made it 6-4.
–In the ninth, Tony Cingrani pulled his usual stunts: single, fly out, single, double, tie ball game.
–According to StatCast (and our very own Patrick Jeter on Twitter), Votto’s 411-foot walkoff home run was his hardest-hit ball of the season, at 107 mph.
Joey Votto is back, my friends.
–It was good to see Mike Leake again, even if he was wearing a hideous uniform tonight. His former teammates greeted him rudely, scoring six runs on ten hits in Leake’s six and a third innings.
–Lamb has gone at least seven innings in two straight starts; he’s the first Red to accomplish that this year.
–You know, Hamilton is now hitting .263/.303/.391. When you factor in his defense and baserunning, I’ll take those numbers. Really, I will. This is actual progress from Billy, and it’s great to see.
–Duvall has hit 10 home runs in his last 15 games, four of his last five. That’s getting it done.
–Billy Hamilton hit a home run and Brandon Phillips made two errors. Just another night in the ol’ Queen City.
–The Reds have blown five-run leads on back-to-back days, but they’ve now won five out of six games. This is a good development.
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Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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