He couldn't decide whether he was more upset with the umpires, the Cardinals or his own team but there was no mistaking he was upset.
"It was a game that was there to win and we didn't get it done. You don't win championships when you let games like this get away," Price said.
The Reds took a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh with three runs off four Cardinal pitchers.
"It was a nice homestand but today was a game we should have won. Since I've been here (2010) the Cardinals has been a team that has beaten us. At the end of the World Series no one cares how many times you beat a certain team But to reverse that, yes, it's important to me," Price said after the Reds lost the 13th series out of the last 15 to the hated Cardinals.
"We have a lot of one inning pitchers. Situationally, we couldn't match up. They had Villanueva down there who could go three or four innings," Price lamented.
Then there was the frustrating eighth inning.
Price was upset the homeplate umpire Kerwin Danley did not signal that Jon Jay was hit by a pitch and did not want to use his challenge.
"Danley said he should have made the call and everyone assumed the call. I felt the umpires should have reviewed it since no one called it or the Cardinals should have used their challenge. It may be sour grapes on my part but I'm (pissed off) about it." Joe West tossed him for delaying the game.
"Well, I really shouldn't comment because he was ejected for delaying the game. That's basically why he was ejected," West said. "He didn't challenge it. You'll have to ask him why, because [home plate umpire] Kerwin [Danley] asked him three times, 'do you wanna challenge?' He says 'no, I don't wanna challenge.' So he got mad, evidently didn't like the way we called time or something. For the official report, he was ejected for delaying the game."
The Cardinals successfully challenged a play at thirdbase later in the eighth inning. With runners of first and second, Yadier Molina chopped a ball right at the plate. Catcher Devin Mesoraco reached to tag Molina and umpire Danley gave the safe call. Mesoraco threw to third, Frazier stepped on the bag and threw to first seamingly to compete a double-play. Mike Matheny challenged saying there should have been a tag at third.
The Replay Official determined that the catcher tagged the runner on the leg, thus removing the force at 3B. No offensive or defensive player reacted to the call on the field. Per the replay regulations, the Replay Official placed both teams in the same situation they would have been in had the call on the field been correct. The batter-runner is out, runners on 2B and 3B.
"There was no call on the tag," Price said. "If Todd would have seen the call, he would have made the tag."
Price did not like Jason Heyward's slide in the fifth inning when he was thrown out at thirdbase trying to stretch a double."It was a dirty slide by Heyward. We didn't like it," Price said. "They aren't a dirty team and don't play like that but we didn't like the slide. Todd (Frazier) could have been hurt."