Cabrera also made two spectacular plays in the field to rob St. Louis of hits and runs scored. Maybe it was the golden locks he now has, but whatever the reason, Cabrera was locked in at the plate and in the field Tuesday. He and Jose Reyes combined to go 6-for-9 with four runs scored, two runs driven in and a pair of stolen bases.
With lefty Madison Bumgarner due up for San Francisco, Culberson will step in right away for his ninth start with the big club this season, pushing Chase Utley to the bench. Culberson's second stint with the big club may only last days -- the team may need to add a starter for Thursday with Brett Anderson (blister) unlikely to be cleared -- but Culberson should settle in with the Dodgers for good once rosters expand.
Cozart will remain out of the starting lineup as he continues to work his way back from his knee injury. It's not clear how close he is to getting back on the field, but the Reds could opt to place him on the disabled list if he does not return in the next couple days. Jose Peraza will continue working as the Reds' regular shortstop while Cozart recovers.
Villar reached 50 stolen bases with the performance, making him the first Brewer to do so since Scott Podsednik stole 70 bases in 2004. He has already stolen 12 bases in August after stealing 12 in July, and if he keeps running at this rate, Villar has a chance to get to 70 himself. Villar also walked Monday, giving him 14 walks in just 93 plate appearances. If he maintains that plate discipline, he'll have plenty of opportunities to add to his career high stolen base total down the stretch.
Espinosa had a massive month of June, but hasn't gotten much done at the dish in any other month. The shortstop has a .175 batting average this month, and Monday's blast was his first home run since July 3. Fort he season Espinosa has a .216 average with 19 home runs and 59 RBI.
Sardinas has struggled at every level this year, as he posted a .467 OPS in 77 plate appearances with the Mariners and a .571 mark in 44 games at Triple-A Tacoma. He'll give the Padres a backup with a solid, versatile glove across the diamond, but little else.
Cozart will miss a fifth consecutive game as he continues to battle soreness in his knee. While the Reds haven't indicated that a DL stint is in Cozart's future, at this point it's fair to wonder how much more time he could miss before that becomes a possibility. Jose Peraza will again fill in at shortstop Monday, and he'll bat second in the order behind Billy Hamilton.
Sunday concluded what was a productive series for Russell, as he finished the three-game set with three homers and four RBI. Russell has already achieved a new career-high of 17 home runs this season, but he has been a consistent run producer as well, as his 78 RBI are tops among National League shortstops.
Adam Rosales will start at shortstop and hit eighth, giving Ramirez the day off. Ramirez is posting a poor .240 batting average for the season, but has gone 6-for-20 (.300) with a rare home run over the last seven games.
Mercer will have a rare day off and give way to Sean Rodriguez at shortstop. Mercer is in the midst of a rough slump at the plate, having gone just 8-for-47 (.170) over the last 14 games, bringing his batting average down to .264 for the season.