Daugherty’s morning line on Reds collapse and loss to Pirates

Sep 15, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Pirates outfielders Anthony Alford (left) and Ben Gamel (right) pour water on pinch hitter Wilmer Difo (front) after Difo scored the game winning run to defeat the Cincinnati Red at PNC Park. The Pirates won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Any eminent psychologist (OK, me) will describe the three stages of fan grief as:

1.     Anger

2.     Sadness

3.     Apathy

Put another way:

1.     Bell stinks

2.     I feel sorry for the fans

3.     Whom do the Bengals play Sunday?

The Reds lost in Pittsburgh Wednesday night because the Pirates, of all teams, made the sort of winning play the Reds have been seeking for a month. With the game tied in the last of the 9th, Wilmer Difo scored from 2nd on a grounder to 1st. Difo took advantage of a Votto bobble, hustled his aspirations off and scored ahead of Givens’ throw.

It wasn’t that the Reds screwed the play up. I mean, Votto actually made a good play on Colin Moran’s hard hit grounder down the line. Mychal Givens took three steps away from the plate after the putout, and if you look at the replay he doesn’t seem to have any urgency to wheel and throw home. But his momentum was carrying him away from the play.

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