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Recap: Cardinals Record 23 Hits, Demolish the Reds 16-2

Tonight was an absolutely embarrassing loss for the Reds. Sonny Gray only made it through 2/3 of an inning allowing 6 runs on 5 hits while walking 3 in the shortest outing of his career. The parade at the plate would continue throughout the evening as St. Louis accumulated 23 hits on their way to earning a 16-2 victory. 

The Cardinals had the first four batters of the game reach base culminating in a Brad Miller double that drove in the first two runs of the game. Later in the inning, both Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong would drive in two runs each, as well, as the Cardinals pushed across six runs in the opening frame.

There isn’t much else to say about this one. The Cardinals collected 23 hits and scored in every inning besides the fourth and the ninth. Kwang Hyun Kim extended his scoreless inning streak to 17 on the mound for the Cardinals as he earned his second victory against the Reds this season. We will keep this one pretty short with another edition of the Good, Bad, Ugly, and Awesome.

The Good:  Joey Votto is Back

For the first time since he won the full-time First Baseman job back in 2008, Joey Votto was benched for three games due to performance reasons. Votto was 0 for his last 18 at the plate and was struggling some defensively as well. The future Hall of Famer took the benching well, stating he knew that his performance didn’t warrant every day play, and took a few days to clear his head.

Since the three game hiatus, Votto has been excellent. He has now hit safely in each of his five games back, going 8-15 with a double and three Home Runs. His improved performance at the plate has increased his batting average to .240 on the season, much better than sub-.200 when he was removed from the lineup.

The Bad: 15-21 With Just 40% of the Season Left

The Reds spent $166 million on five free agents this past offseason. One of those signees, Pedro Strop, has already been cut from the team. Along with the money spent, the front office and David Bell have given countless votes of confidence throughout this slow, disappointing start to the 2020 season. Then, the Reds decided to be “buyers” at the trade deadline acquiring Brain Goodwin and Archie Bradley to try and make a push down the stretch.

However, after tonight’s embarrassing performance, it is time to ask the question if it is time to give up on the Reds. Hope is one thing, but there comes a time when you have to face the facts. It isn’t early in the season anymore. It is a shortened season, but it is a short season for everyone else too. Maybe commenter “WestKYCat20” has been right all along.

The Ugly: 16 Runs on 23 Hits

Tonight’s game was one of the most dominant performances I have witnessed in recent years. After hanging six runs in the first inning, the Cardinals went on to score in every inning besides the fourth and the ninth on their way to their best offensive output of the season.

Kolten Wong was a perfect 4-4 on the plate with 4 runs scored, Brad Miller drove in 7 runs on 4 hits of his own, Tommy Edman and Yadier Molina had 3 hits each as well, and a total of 11 different Cardinals recorded a base hit.

St. Louis is now 19-6 in their last 25 games at Great American Ball Park.

The Awesome: Welcome New Guys

After arriving in Cincinnati just an hour or so before the game, both Brian Goodwin and Archie Bradley made their Cincinnati Reds debuts this evening. Goodwin replaced Nick Castellanos in the sixth inning and hit a double on the first pitch he saw at the plate.

Bradley entered the game on the mound in the third inning to record the final two outs and then threw a shutout fourth frame. He allowed two hits and struck out two in his first appearance at GABP.

In a game with very few bright spots, it was nice to see the new arrivals find their footing in a Reds uniform.


Article written by Brandon Ramsey

Basketball X's & O's for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @BRamseyKSR

11 Comments for Recap: Cardinals Record 23 Hits, Demolish the Reds 16-2

  1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:37 pm September 1, 2020 Permalink

    The Reds are the BEST! More coverage please! 😉

  2. UKinIN
    10:51 pm September 1, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t know if you can blame it on the players, the coaches, or COVID-19 changes, but these Reds look like the same Reds from the last few years.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      11:07 pm September 1, 2020 Permalink

      Despite my good natured ribbing of the Cardinal fans, you’re right. This ain’t The Big Red Machine. That’s for sure. The Cards are a far better run organization.

  3. westkycat20
    11:21 pm September 1, 2020 Permalink

    I actually feel bad for saying this…..but the Reds suck. Well actually no I don’t. Hahahahaha hahahahaha. The Reds really SUCK

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:26 am September 2, 2020 Permalink

      But they still get ink because the move the needle. 😉

      In all seriousness, as I said above, there’s no doubt the Cards have a much better organization. The last really good team we had (under Dusty Baker when we had Cueto, etc.) was when we had hired away a couple Card execs as I recall and they helped put that team together.

  4. ukkatzfan
    11:46 pm September 1, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe it’s the KSR curse…, it’s just that the reds SUCK.

  5. runningunnin.454
    12:53 am September 2, 2020 Permalink

    Definitely need a mercy rule when the Reds play.

  6. mothandras
    8:13 am September 2, 2020 Permalink

    Where do I apply to be the Red’s Coach? Seems like an easy job.

  7. Eddiemcwildcat
    10:44 am September 2, 2020 Permalink

    Go Cards

  8. Bigblueswami
    11:53 am September 2, 2020 Permalink

    Since they’re out of contention, can we demote Brandon Ramsey and let him write down with the Card Chronicle? Asking for some friends.