thought about just writing 450 words of alternating Hs and As, because I have been laughing for most of the previous half-hour since the Cardinals won. It is now definitely confirmed that the Cardinals have devil magic and I for one welcome it with open arms. The dark side is so much more fun. It is also confirmed that the entire Reds major league roster will be going on the DL before tomorrow's game after getting their hearts ripped out for the third consecutive day.

The game started off innocuously enough for the Reds. The Cardinals took an early lead in the 3rd inning with singles from John Lackey (who went 2-2!), Matt Carpenter, and Matt Holliday. They intentionally walked Matt Adams to load the bases for Jhonny Peralta for some reason. Peralta drew a walk, but the umpire's eyes went blank when the ball crossed the plate, well inside. Panicked, he called strike two thinking it was a safer bet because the other option was a run. (Peralta ended up flying out to end the inning)

But the Reds quickly took the lead away in the next half-inning. Billy Hamilton reached base on an infield single - a valiant diving attempt by Wong, but Billy Hamilton was running. After Lackey threw it wild to allow Hamilton to reach third base, he allowed a home run to deep center to Todd Frazier. Thus, despite 5 Ks and 0 BBs through four innings, he had two earned runs. To say this was frustrating is an understatement as he clearly was out-pitching Alfredo Simon.

In the 6th inning, Matt Holliday ran down a ball and it hit off his glove near the foul line. Unlike Jay Bruce, Holliday received an error for his troubles. With one out, Lackey then walked Frazier, perhaps in fear of allowing another homer to him. Devin Mesorasco then hit a bullet right to Carpenter. Carpenter bobbled it and threw a strike to first, but not in time. He also was awarded an error for his troubles. With the bases loaded, Ryan Ludwick doubled and gave the Reds a 4-1 lead. The Reds did not score any more runs on the positive note despite having men on 2nd and 3rd with one out.

Simon, who at this point had improbably only allowed one run despite pitching pretty awful, had his luck run out in the 6th. Jhonny Peralta hit a solo home run to put the game at 4-2. Jon Jay then singled, to which Bryan Price responded by taking Simon out. Oscar Taveras hit a single off new pitcher Sam Lecure to make it first and second with one out. After Tony Cruz struck out, Mike Matheny looked at his stable of bench options. He somehow resisted the opportunity to put in Daniel Descalso, but Shane Robinson was a worthy second option. Robinson delivered, scoring Jay from second, but Taveras was thrown out trying to make it to third on the play. It was a TOOTBLAN.

The score remained 4-3 until the 8th inning when Price brought in Jumbo Diaz, which is not me making fun of his weight but an actual name. He walked Jon Jay and allowed a single to AJ Pierzynski (who had hit for Cruz). It was time. Dan Descalso came to the plate to work his magic. Descalso wasted no time, swinging at the first pitch. It was the most Descalso hit of all Descalso hits - a somewhat weakly hit soft liner over the third baseman's head, perfectly placed in between both the left fielder and the third baseman. Upon the ball hitting his bat, there was no doubt it would fall. And once that became clear, I laughed for the next five minutes non-stop. Baseball is a beautiful game in its unpredictable nature from game-to-game.