After Monday’s game and before Scooter’s transformation into Lou Gehrig—
—Derrick Goold, the Cardinals’ beat writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, wrote these words:
The Cardinals have lapsed into a repetitive, galling stretch of games that has become baseball’s answer to rope-a-dope.
They come out swinging, land a few blows, and even take a lead.
Their opponent only has to wait for the inevitable mistake, or three.
For the fourth time in as many days, the Cardinals took a lead in the first half of Monday’s game, mishandled chance after chance to add to it, and stumbled, fundamentally, into a loss.
Luckily for Gould, he can just reuse those four grafs for tomorrow’s game recap because the Cardinals followed their formula to a T.
—Scott Schebler had a nice day filling in for Scooter Gennett in left, but Schebler only managed one dinger and one RBI. Better luck next time Scotty.
—Speaking of Scott Schebler, Patrick Kivlehan was the hero of the night, smashing a pinch hit home run over the right field fence and bringing the game to a draw. I maintain that Kivlehan is the unevolved form of Schebler who is the unevolved form of Adam Duvall.
Cespedes Family BBQ halfway agrees so you know it must be real:
—Bronson Arroyo had a very vanilla start at Great American Ballpark, but with Bronson Arroyo, vanilla is all you really want. 5.2 innings of one run baseball will do, Bronson; it’ll do. (Even if the one run was a solo shot, but hey who’s counting?) (Edit: Bronson gave up four runs, not one. I believe my brain assumed Bronson was incapable of surrendering runs not of the home run variety. Regardless, the Reds won a Bronson Arroyo start. Hurrah.)
(Note: C Trent is always counting.)
—Joseph Daniel Votto broke the tie with an opposite field blast in the seventh. Joey Votto is the best.
—Billy Hamilton had a rough day at the plate but gunned down Eric Fryer at the plate after a Dexter Fowler double, so he’s forgiven.
—Last but not least, Zack Cozart extended his on-base streak to 29 consecutive games with a double in the seventh. The best part of that play though wasn’t Cozart keeping the streak alive, but the left field ballboy fielding the ball before realizing it was fair, then standing stock still as he let the ball fall out of his glove. I’m still laughing at the classic “who me?” face he made as the camera zoomed in.
No bad today. Even if Scooter didn’t hit four home runs, the Reds have taken the first three series games against the Cardinals and that’s cause for celebration.
Not So Random Thoughts
Now go watch the basketball game. The Reds will play again tomorrow; I assure you of that.