Last of four games between the Reds (67-91) and the Cardinals (82-76.) Can’t wrap up the series any better than this reader on last night’s Game Thread:

sdTO ALL THE REDS WHO’VE CLINCHED BEFORE

This popped up on my Facebook memories feed today. My nephew drew it. It reminds me of the collection of photographs still stuck to his bedroom wall– a slow slideshow, Academy Awards-Dead-People-Montage-Style, of Reds who have exited Stage Trade Deadline. (“Hey look, there’s Chapman.” “Hey look, there’s Chris Heisey.” “Hey look, there’s…”)

It hurts. It’s not so much that we missed the players, individually; we miss, instead, what they did together.

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STARTING LINEUP

CARDINALS REDS
1. Matt Carpenter (1B)
2. Randal Grichuk (CF)
3. Yadier Molina (C)
4. Stephen Piscotty (RF)
5. Jhonny Peralta (3B)
6. Jedd Gyorko (2B)
7. Aledmys Diaz (SS)
8. Jose Martinez (LF)
9. Alex Reyes (P)
1. Jose Peraza (SS)
2. Hernan Iribarren (CF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Ivan De Jesus (2B)
7. Tucker Barnhart (C)
8. Tony Renda (RF)
9. Dan Straily (P)

CURRENT STATUS

Trapped in layover hell, quite possibly forever, directly across from this everything-ruiner:

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Mama always told me that’s what footstools are for.

STARTING PITCHERS

ERA IP SO WHIP IS HE AN EVERYTHING-RUINER?
Alex Reyes 1.58 40.0 46 1.18 I mean he is a Cardinal
Dan Straily 3.74 185.1 155 1.18 well….

THINGS FROM TWITTER

Shocked, SHOCKED. Actually I am, a bit, in the sense that this number isn’t higher.

Also Chris Welsh hereby invites you to think about his underwear.

FINAL THOUGHTS

This is my final series of Game Threads in 2016, and I can’t thank you enough for all your kind comments, Twitter follows, and Facebook/Snapchat hit-ups. I truly appreciate your patience with the new girl… especially you, editors. Great to meet everyone here at Redleg Nation, and I’ll (hopefully) see you next year.

Next year. Has a nice ring to it.

Proud aunt Mary Beth Ellis is a freelance writer and college teacher who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Her home site, BlondeChampagne.com, has existed in at least some form since 2003, and Mary Beth has been a regular columnist with one publication or another from the age of 16. Her first book, Drink to the Lasses, was published in 2006. She currently teaches college, runs personal wine tastings, gives literary readings, and stares into the middle distance.

About The Author

Proud aunt Mary Beth Ellis is a freelance writer and college teacher who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Her home site, BlondeChampagne.com, has existed in at least some form since 2003, and Mary Beth has been a regular columnist with one publication or another from the age of 16. Her first book, Drink to the Lasses, was published in 2006. She currently teaches college, runs personal wine tastings, gives literary readings, and stares into the middle distance.

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10 Responses

  1. Big56dog

    I was just curious if someone would go back and determine the W-L records for each Game Thread writer and if any them has a better record than Strailey?

  2. Patrick Jeter

    Peraza should probably be told to stop trying to steal bases… he’s pretty terrible at it.

    • VaRedsFan

      In all fairness, it was a pitch out and Molina. That said he will get better. Billy was thrown out a lot his 1st year, until he learned the ins and outs of stealing bases.

  3. Gusnwally

    You have been a true bright spot in a rather tuff season. Thanks for your humor and fun outlook.

  4. VaRedsFan

    Hit #3 for Votto, but took one on the chin sliding into 2nd and had to come out.
    Looked like he would have been out if the 2nd baseman had caught it

  5. VaRedsFan

    Schebler ties it with a cue shot 65 foot grounder to third

  6. VaRedsFan

    And Molina kills the Reds again with a walk off double

  7. VaRedsFan

    Turns out it was supposed to be a ground rule double. Price tried to challenge but the umps left the field. Turns out you only have 10 seconds to challenge, which is Bull Mularky on the last play of the game

  8. cfd3000

    Mary Beth deserved better on her final game thread of the year. Who wants to guess how long before this unfortunate ending gets worked into a game thread for next year? “Is he worse than a Yadier Molina walk off blown call?” Yes, yes he is. Nice work this season Mary Beth.