Cards 11 Reds 3
Six more walks by Reds pitching and two more errors by the Reds defense contributed to another loss...11-3 to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium Saturday.
The Reds did lead 1-0 after the first batter of the game. But they trailed 7-1 after three innings and 8-1 before scoring twice in the 8th inning.
A guy named Lars Nootbar beat the daylights out of a Hunter Strickland pitch (426 feet) for a three-run homer in the 8th to make it 11-3.
Nick Lodolo: 2 IN, 5 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 5 K, HR, 3 HBP, WP, 67 pitches/34 strikes. It was tough to watch. After recording two outs in the 1st inning he walked three straight batters and then hit a batter in a two run/32 pitch inning. Paul Goldschmidt's 300th career homer just got over the glove of left-fielder Stuart Fairchild,
a two-run shot in 2nd inning, to make it 4-1. Lodolo threw 35 more pitches in the second.
Wild things: From Thursday night through the 1st inning Saturday, Reds pitchers issued 19 walks over 19 innings.
Last three games: 22 walks..... 8 BB Thursday, 8 BB Friday, 6 BB Saturday.
Failure of the basics: Joey Votto's lob throw to 2nd base took Matt Reynolds off the bag on an attempted force out. Error. A low throw home by Matt Reynolds' low skipped under Tyler Stephenson. Error.
Leading man: Jonathan India homered to start the game of Miles Mikolas It was India's second leadoff HR of the season and seventh of his career. He is only the second Reds batter since 1900 to hit at least 7 leadoff homers within his first two ML seasons (Kal Daniels, 9 HR, 1986-87).
Jump start: After going 20 consecutive games without scoring in the 1st inning the Reds have scored in the 1st inning three times this week. The Reds have scored first in four consecutive games.
It happened...again: Nick Senzel reached on catcher's interference for the 7th time this season and 13th in his career.
Extensions: Joey Votto extended his hit streak to five games, India to seven games.
Moving up: Extra-Base Hits, All-Time No. 108. Jose Canseco/Matt Holliday, 816, No. 110. Joe Morgan, 813, No. 111. Joey Votto, 812