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4.10 Cardinals @ Reds Recap: Marquis strikes out seven Cardinals... YES, SEVEN

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SEVEN.

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pre game

Cardinals Lineup
Matt Carpenter 5
Jason Heyward 9
Matt Holliday 7
Matt Adams 3
Jhonny Peralta 6
Yadier Molina 2
Randal Grichuk 8
Kolten Wong 4
John Lackey 1

Reds Lineup
Billy Hamilton 8
Joey Votto 3
Todd Frazier 5
Devin Mesoraco 2
Jay Bruce 9
Marlon Byrd 7
Brandon Phillips 4
Zack Cozart 6
Jason Marquis 1



game

This game was unpleasant.

On the bright side, it was only two and a half hours long.

Looking at the box score, the game doesn't really look that maddening. The Cardinals scored four runs, Carpenter lead off the game with a walk and was driven in by a Peralta double to score one in the first, Grichuk drove in himself and Wong with a home run to plate two in the second, and after a pinch hit single, Jon Jay scored the final run on Heyward single in the seventh to tie the game.

But that wasn't the obnoxious part. The obnoxious part was this:

And THIS:

So yeah. That isn't good. Both of those walks to Hamilton turned into runs, by the way; one in the first on a Joey Votto home run, and one in the bottom of the eighth after a Frazier sacrifice fly. Heyward made an admirable throw, but the ball was just deep enough to score the speedy Hamilton from third base to give the Reds the lead. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth and earned the save, striking out Holliday for the final out.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

  • Lackey is not fun to watch pitch in my opinion
  • Jason Heyward is really good at baseball and I like to watch him play baseball
  • Yadi's timing looks really off and he is looking rough at the plate
  • The Cardinals out hit the Reds 10-4, but the free passes and dingers really hurt them
  • DO NOT WALK BILLY HAMILTON
  • I MEAN IT, DON'T DO IT, IT IS STUPID

post game

LIL SCOOTER'S PEST OF THE GAME:

Joey Votto leads all players with .433 WPA. Two home runs to give your team the lead and four runs batted in will do that, I guess.

DESOLATE WIN EXPECTANCY GRAPH:


Source: FanGraphs

Tomorrow Michael Wacha squares off against Johnny Cueto at 12:10pm CST. I wish Michael Wacha had pitched tonight.