The Cincinnati Reds (27-30) and the St. Louis Cardinals (26-30) will attempt to play a game this evening at 7:10 after Scooter Gennett rocked the baseball world last evening by hitting four home runs. Gennett became just the 17th MLB player to accomplish that feat, and the first ever Cincinnati Red to do so. The Reds blasted the Cardinals 13-1 last evening, giving the Cardinals their fifth straight loss.

Starting Pitchers

Bronson Arroyo has been better in his last two starts (5 ER in 11.0 IP), but he is giving up home runs at an unbelievably bad rate. Arroyo’s 2.97 HR/9 is not only the worst in the MLB, but the worst in baseball history of any player that qualifies for the ERA title. The next worst over a full season: Jose Lima’s 2.20 HR/9 in 2000.

Arroyo has faced the Cardinals twice this season, and it hasn’t gone well: 8.0 IP, 10 ER, 11 H, 7 BB, 5 K. The good news is that Arroyo’s last start against the Cardinals on 4/30 was the only start all season that Arroyo did not allow a HR.

Lance Lynn has had a nice return to the Cardinals rotation this season following Tommy John Surgery. The good news for the Reds is that Lynn’s FIP shows he is likely due for some regression. He has struggled some with giving up the long ball this season (uh oh, Scooter). Lynn did dominate the Reds back on 4/28: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.

Starting Lineups 

Cardinals Reds
1. Matt Carpenter (1B)
2. Tommy Pham (CF)
3. Stephen Piscotty (RF)
4. Jedd Gyorko (3B)
5. Jose Martinez (LF)
6. Aledmys Diaz (SS)
7. Paul DeJong (2B)
8. Eric Fryer (C)
9. Lance Lynn (P)
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Scooter Gennett (2B)
8. Devin Mesoraco (C)
9. Bronson Arroyo (P)

Scooter Fever

Scooter Gennett hitting four home runs in a game was arguably the greatest in-game accomplishment (not including career milestones) in Reds history. I met Scooter a few weeks ago in Philadelphia. Scooter was literally as nice and humble as any player I have ever met. It is really cool when something great like last night happens to someone like Scooter.

News and Notes


Last night was about as exciting of a Reds game as we have seen in a long time. The Cardinals are really struggling right now, and the Reds need to pounce on them while they are down. Go Reds! (and also go Cavs later tonight!)

Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.

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  1. I guess tonight will be the first time nobody will be yelling about Mesoraco batting 8th. Why is Scooter batting 7th?? Get Duvall out of that 4 spot and put Scooter there.

  2. Nick what’s the over/under on home runs for Arroyo? That should be there every ga me he pitches. 3 bombs tonight.

  3. Anyone have an idea on the record for most consecutive at bats with an RBI?

    • With 4 RBIs tonight, Scooter can tie the NL record for most in 2 games.

      • Apparently, 4 homers in a row in consecutive at bats is the record. So a dinger in his first AB would set a new record.

  4. Scooter entered yesterday’s game hitting slugging .450 and finished the game slugging .578. Love that.

  5. Bomb #1…Carpenter goes deep

  6. Arroyo really shouldn’t make another start…..he’s lucky Lynn didn’t rip a double

    • As Cowboy said, he’s throwing to Lynn’s bat speed. That’s a pretty sad statement.

  7. First gopher ball of the game for Arroyo. Can’t give up much more with Lynn on the mound.

    • We did get to Wainwright hard last nigh … but I agree. It’s unlikely we can touch up Lynn that much again.

  8. Best play of the night so far … the LF line ball boy snagging the foul liner.

  9. Walk and a dbl. Bronson is not fooling ’em this inning.

    • 2nd time thru the lineup. It will get worse the 3rd time thru, if he makes it that far

  10. 3 innings and at least 2 runs … he’s toast (again). Let’s see if Price does his best Captain Hook impression.

  11. Arroyo…CUT.HIM.LOOSE. So tired of this….yeah he might have a decent game once in a while but he’s going to beat down more often then not because he no longer has big league talent!! Its that simple

  12. …and just like that, we’re down 3-0

  13. 3 runs really isn’t “limited damage” in my book … any guesses as to whether he sees the 4th inning or not?

  14. Bronson, I really appreciated your time with the Reds but good lord it is so painful to watch him pitch

  15. I wasn’t listening much, but THOM! should have asked Castellini what the heck is Bronson Arroyo doing on this team

    • Grit, veteran mentor and innings eater … how much you want to bet those would have been the answers?

  16. Looks like he is in next inning…….uhg

  17. Evertime it seems lke the Reds get on a little mini-roll, Bronson sucks the life out of it

    • I love Bronson … but it’s time. I know we’re not winning the division or even getting a wild card. But we can’t see this stuff every outing and still be expected to keep quiet.

  18. Need a bloop and a blast and a blast…

  19. Crazy thing is the Reds are 6-5 in Arroyo’s starts so far but they 3,4,4, and 5 in 4 of the losses so they might be 9-2 or 8-3 with a mediocre pitcher like Wojo.

    • Scored 3,4,4, and 5 runs

      • In the games Wojo has pitched, the opposition has scored 8,2 and 6 runs….so the record would likely be about the same

    • Yeah…the reason is because they scored 9,7,5,13, and 3….Only the 3 was a serviceable start

  20. For Arroyo, every pitch is an eephus pitch.

  21. # 17 for Scotty!

  22. Shutout is gone… nice knock for Shebler.

  23. Schebler must be feeling better tonight. Nice swat.

  24. Bronson … “veteran player(s) to drive the ship” … I’m thinking not so much as a starting pitcher. And that was Kremcheck talking.

  25. Hamilton looks like he’s in a funk … playing statue on the 3rd strike.

  26. You’ve hit the lottery with only 3 runs in 5 innings for Bronson. Why roll the dice on another inning? Hold your breath

  27. Lynn is out? Now I really wish Price would yank Bronson.

  28. Wow. A battle of the bullpens definitely bodes well for the Reds. Let’s hope the Reds can get some runs and get the brooms out.

  29. Lynn doesn’t look happy at all. And Price did the right thing and will bring in Wandy. I like that move. Let’s see if we get out of the inning and then can generate some runs.

  30. Dang, Peralta gives the run right back. That stinks.

  31. Cost us a run, but Wandy is out of the game.

  32. Radio feed is active, feed is in commercial break. Collision rule challenge.

  33. What a throw by Scooter but its too bad Peralta made such a bad pitch to Fowler? Looked like he hung a change-up.

  34. Time to go watch on the little screen … hoping for another Reds Magic Rally.

  35. Suarez is only hitting .240 for the last 30 days….swing seems a little long and he’s rolling over on alot of pitches. I know he has to be working on going the other way so hopefully it will click soon! He’s still doing some damage obviously!

  36. Yes!!! We have a bench, and oh, the Cards suck.

  37. TIE GAME! It really makes you wonder that if this team had some starting pitching if they would be looking at a wild card berth.

  38. PKIV ties it!!! 3 run PH HR

  39. This team is really heartwarming, MSANMOORE! 🙂

  40. Brutal AB by Mez….watches the 3-1 pitch right down the middle….maybe he’s batting where he should be

  41. BOOM BABY… steal a little slogan from my Pacers

  42. Gotta love Joey. I can’t even leave my computer, watching Gameday, when Joey (or Billy) is at bat. Cozart is getting to be a must view as well.

  43. I will say that this team is really fun tobe watch…….wow, what an inning

  44. Reds could be on their way to 7-5 in Arroyo’s starts….if only the other guys could pick it up? Reds scouts are scouring womens college baseball to find more 72 mph lollipop throwers!

  45. It’s a whole new game. A short game, with what has proven to be a quality bullpen this year.

    Go Reds!!!

  46. Lorenzen dropping the curve on the corner to end the inning! Peralta has a plus heater, plus changeup, and decent curve (allows .188 to LH lifetime). I know they’re tough in the pen but if we can’t find 5 decent starters then look at one or both of them.

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About Nick Kirby

Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.


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