A bobbled ground ball and a misplaced change-up put the Reds behind 3-1. The good guys then fought back to tie the game in the ninth only to see victory slip away. The Reds leave St. Louis having split the 4-game series. They return home for three games against the Chicago Cubs, starting tomorrow night.
In his last start of the season, Dan Straily pitched six innings and gave up three runs. He struck out seven and walked two.
22-year-old Alex Reyes, the top prospect in the Cardinals system, largely held the Reds bats in check for six innings. Joey Votto bounced back from an 0-for-5 night yesterday with two singles and a double. On the double, Votto was hit on the chin by the throw from the outfield and had to leave the game due to profuse bleeding. In the top of the 8th, Adam Duvall drove in the Reds’ second run with his second hit of the night. Scott Schebler, batting in Votto’s slot, singled on a nubber to third base to tie the game 3-3 with two outs in the top of the 9th. Jose Peraza and Ivan De Jesus Jr. also had two hits.
In the bottom of the ninth, Blake Wood gave up a walk to Matt Carpenter, who then scored on a double by Yadi Molina.
The Reds were 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position while the Cardinals were 0-for-10. So blah, blah, blah, meaningless broadcaster narrative.
Update: Apparently Molina’s game-winning double in the ninth inning hit signage above the wall in left field on a bounce, which is out of play. Should have been a ground rule double and not driving in the run. The umpires left the field without Reds manager Bryan Price asking for a ruling or review. There were two outs at the time.
Update 2: MLB says that the hit was, indeed, a ground rule double, but that Bryan Price waited too long to challenge it. The MLB Network says Price took 33 seconds to leave the dugout. What took so long? What was the downside in challenging right away?
Final Thought: Yes, Reds should have challenged. Strange circumstances with not hearing phone from booth, might have still been too late. Don’t lose sight of the fact that the umpiring crew blew the game-winning call. It was easy to see where the ball hit. The umps have to know the ground rules even if the rest of us don’t. So don’t be mad at Bryan Price about this, the umps made the mistake.
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