Reds fans offer support for Hoover after post-loss apology

J.J. Hoover got the loss for the Reds but fans offered support for the reliever on social media.

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Tuesday night’s ninth inning in St. Louis was a rough one for Reds reliever J.J. Hoover.

Not only did Hoover acknowledge that — he also took full responsibility for his poor outing, in which he loaded the bases then hit John Jay of the Cardinals with a pitch, sending home the winning run.

Hoover’s loss was his 10th of the season, setting a team record for that distinction for a reliever.

While it’s been a tough season for the reliever, who has a 5.37 ERA in 52 2/3 innings, Reds fans on Twitter showed their appreciation of Hoover’s self accountability.

The 5-4 loss to the Cardinals was the Reds 31st one-run defeat in 2014.