Reds Fall To Cardinals, Another Series Lost In St Louis.

This we all know the St Louis Cardinals have the Cincinnati Reds number and it was the case Tuesday night as the Reds lose 6-1 making another series lost in Busch Stadium, where they have only won three series there since 2003 (3-25-2).

As well as the Cardinals played last night to take the series again, the Reds certainly made numerous self- inflicted mistakes at the plate, on the bases and on defense to lose the game which they deserve to by the way they played.

Reds starter Mat Latos pitched a better game than his final line reflected, going six innings, allowed four runs, nine hits, no walks and four strikeouts. He had a good day on the plate going 2 for 2. Its only his second loss since the all star break dropping his season overall record to (13-5).

In the first inning it didn’t start off well for Latos the first three batters of the game reached on singles, Matt Carpenter scored on Matt Holiday’s RBI single to make it 1-0, which brought Dusty Baker to the mound to chat with the ace.

The Reds had numerous opportunities but of course didn’t capitalize as they had two runners were left stranded in four of the first five innings. That’s just flat out not getting the job done with runners in scoring position as they are near the bottom of the league in that category.

In the third inning Jay Bruce lead off with a blooped double to left field, Ryan Ludwick failed to advance him to third as he grounded out to shortstop on the first pitch. Devin Mesoraco looked at three strikes after he was ahead in the count 3-0, Zack Cozart was intentionally walked. Latos was up lined a single to center field. After initially being waved around by third base coach Mark Berry, Bruce was held up and Cozart went to second base and with his head down kept running to third and encountered Bruce already at the bag.

Cardinals Joe Kelly ran to third base to tag Cozart for the third out and to end the inning. When you cant win in St Louis stuff like this will happen to a team and this was evident of it

Reds got their only run in the game in the top of 5th as Shin-Soo Choo connected on his 100th career homerun to cut the deficit to 2-1. After that as usually offense went to sleep and didn’t have a hit for the rest of the game.

Cards added one run in the sixth inning, one in seventh, two more in the eighth as they game was pretty much over after the seventh inning. The loss drops the Reds to 4 1/2 behind first place Cardinals, Pirates lost last night meaning they are 1  1/2 game out of first. Tonight doesnt look goos on paper for the Reds as it will be Homer Bailey and Adam Wainwright. First pitch is at 8:15pm.

 

Aug 27, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos (55) looks on after giving up a one run double to St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig (not pictured) during the sixth inning at Busch Stadium. St. Louis defeated Cincinnati 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

 

 

Topics: Cincinnati Reds, Mat Latos, Reds, Shin-Soo Choo, St. Louis Cardinals

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  • Cartimo

    I feel the Reds are receiving very poor management advice. All of the players seem to be swinging for the fences instead of trying to make contract with the ball. I watch every game on MLB.com from Spain and don’t understand why Baker does not take charge. He says he is a players manager but he needs to need the team.

    • Garret

      There’s actually a really great article I read once on Great American Ball Park . . . how it was built for Ken Griffey Jr essentially, and the hope he’d stay healthy and be chasing the homerun record someday. Since then it impacts the Reds drafting and signing because they look for players whose natural swing compliments the ball parks dimensions and puts the ball out. I gotta feel like 1) the guys try to hit too many home runs because its easier back at GABP and 2) that leads to guys who don’t have the same hitting success on the road, in larger parks, generally.

      • Cartimo

        When watching Reds swinging it reminds me of sandlot ball where many times the batter will close his eyes in order to swing as hard as he can. Even the pitchers swing for the walls, I have never seen a pitching staff so inept at laying down a bunt.

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