The Reds have lost five in a row thanks partly to a pitching staff that is struggling to keep the ball in the ballpark. Cincinnati pitchers have given up 39 homers in 25 games, most in the NL. Last year, they gave up 236, three shy of the NL record.
“It’s frustrating, but what’s even more frustrating is hearing the fans boo you in your own ballpark,” Graves said. “We’re out there trying the best we can.”
Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn homered to help Cincinnati pull ahead 9-3 after eight innings. The Cardinals then sent 12 batters to the plate en route to the biggest ninth inning comeback in team history.
St. Louis’ monumental comeback is one Reds manager Dave Miley would like to forget.
“That’s what you’ve got to do, but it’s not easy to think about during the night,” Miley said, staring straight ahead as he tried to put it behind him. “It’s not easy to give a big-league game away, but we did.”
Rolen was scratched from the lineup due to soreness in his upper back. It’s the first game the Cardinals’ All-Star third baseman has missed this year. He’s hitting .276 with three homers and 12 RBIs.
Walker was given the night off against Reds left-hander Eric Milton. Both players should be back against right-hander Aaron Harang on Tuesday. Harang is 1-3 with a 4.67 ERA in five career starts against St. Louis.