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.