The Cards lose 9-5 in just their second loss in their last 11 games.  They remain atop the NL Central with 16 games left in the regular season.

The Bottom Line: Michael Wacha (5-5, 2.80) made it through 4+ innings on Tuesday night in his second start off of the DL.  He surrendered 5 earned runs as the Reds tallied 6 hits off of him, including a two-run home run by Devin Mesoraco.  Six pitchers came in to finish the game for the Cards, including the pitching debut of Sam Tuivailala.  He gave up 3 hits and a walk as the Reds scored to runs off of him.  The Cards gave up 9 runs total in the game, even though the Cards out-hit the Reds 14-12.  The Cards could only come up with 5 runs, however.

New Faces: The Cards gave many players their first taste of 2014 Major League Baseball Tuesday night as they look to expand their roster with less than a month left in the season.  It will be important for these new players to contribute in the upcoming weeks as the Cards make their playoff push.

Michael Wacha
Michael Wacha

Wacha’s World: The Cards need Michael Wacha back on track before the postseason in order to solidify the starting rotation.  Wacha has now only pitched in two games since returning from the DL and has looked anything but the Wacha we saw last postseason.  Hopefully he can find his groove just in time for the playoffs.

What’s Next?: The Cards will take on the Reds Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park with John Lackey (2-2, 4.87) facing Alfredo Simon (13-10, 3.52).