The nightmare continues for the Reds. The Cincinnati baseball team is now 2-11, continuing their worst start since 1955. Tyler Mahle started strong for the Reds, but got beat around in the 6th inning and they were quickly down 5-0. The Reds battled back and cut it to 5-3. They got the tying run to the plate in the 8th inning and the winning run to the plate in the 9th inning, but couldn’t break through.
|Cincinnati Reds (2-11)||3||7||2|
|St. Louis Cardinals (7-7)||5||13||0|
|W: Weaver (2-0) L: Mahle (1-2) S: Norris (2)|
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Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Tyler Mahle allowing a leadoff a solo home run to Dexter Fowler in the 6th inning, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. That play decreased the Reds chances of winning by 11.9% (from 34.3% to 22.4%).
Player of the Game
Luke Weaver: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Devin Mesoraco hit his first home run since June 17th, 2017. He was 2 for 4 on the evening.
Alex Blandino had a pinch-hit single for the first hit of his career. #FreeBlandino
Billy Hamilton went 1 for 2 with a pair of walks. Hamilton now has 5 walks in the last 3 games. That is a positive development.
Tyler Mahle was cruising through the first five innings, allowing just one run. He even battled out of a bases loaded jam with no outs (thanks, Cliff) in the 5th inning. The wheels fell off for Mahle in the 6th inning, as he allowed four consecutive hits to start the inning. Mahle looks destined for a really solid rookie season (he has 14 K & 3 BB in 16.0 innings), and tonight was actually mostly encouraging. However, the final line is one to forget: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 2 HR, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 6.03 FIP.
Cliff Pennington committed errors on back-to-back plays in the 5th inning. It is absolutely pathetic of Bryan Price to continue to play anyone at third base other than Alex Blandino.
Joey Votto fell asleep and got picked off first base in the 8th inning. The tying run was at the plate.
Not so random thoughts………
Jesse Winker was scratched from the lineup because of right shoulder tightness. It is the second time this week that Winker has been scratched from the lineup.
The Reds didn’t call up Nick Senzel today. He started at second base tonight for the Louisville Bats. That might be an indication that they are not planning on calling him up anytime soon.
Senzel still in Louisville AND back at 2B.
Due to positive health news from Eugenio Suarez (yes, please)?
I no longer have any idea what the organization is planning wrt his call up. Have to hope the front office does. https://t.co/CUZWMdsL8F
— Steve Mancuso (@spmancuso) April 13, 2018
Cardinals at Reds
Saturday, 1:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Brandon Finnegan vs Mike Mikolas (6.00 ERA/4.61 FIP)
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.