|St. Louis Cardinals (49-46)
|Cincinnati Reds (43-51)
|W: Hudson (9-4) L: Stephenson (2-2) SV: Miller (2)
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The long-ball with the bases loaded by Tommy Edman gave the Cardinals all that they needed on Thursday night in a win over the Reds.
Eugenio Suarez got things started for Cincinnati in the top of the 1st with a 385-foot solo home run, his 24th of the year, to put the Reds up 1-0. In the 3rd inning Joey Votto picked up an RBI on a single that scored Tanner Roark and put Cincinnati up 2-0. Suarez followed with a sacrifice fly that made it 3-0. The next time the Reds got on the board the Cardinals were up 7-3. It was the bottom of the 6th when Juan Graterol, who will be a fine trivia answer question in a few years about obscure Reds players, singled in Jose Iglesias to make it 7-4. But that was the last time that Cincinnati put a run on the board.
Jesse Winker, Yasiel Puig, and Jose Iglesias all had two hits on the night. Joey V
Tanner Roark got the start for the Reds and at times he looked outstanding. He allowed two runs on the day – both of those runs coming in the 5th inning when he surrendered a 2-run home run to Paul DeJong that clanged off of the left field foul pole. He finished the night with six strikeouts in his 5.0 innings and left holding onto a 3-2 lead.
Robert Stephenson came on for the 6th inning. After a pop up started the inning, Stephenson walked Dexter Fowler, then gave up three straight singles to allow a run. Pinch hitter Yairo Munoz came on to pinch hit for the pitcher and flew out for the second out of the inning. But Tommy Edman came up next and took the first pitch he saw and planted it over the wall for a go-ahead grand slam that made it 7-3.
Lucas Sims, Wandy Peralta, and Jimmy Herget all followed and combined for 3.1 innings of shutout baseball.
Notes Worth Noting
Yasiel Puig made an incredible double play late in the game.
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) July 19, 2019
Eugenio Suarez seems to like hitting in the 1st inning.
Suarez homered in the first inning for the third time in the last 4 games. He leads the Major Leagues with 9 first-inning HR.
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) July 18, 2019
The Reds fall to 43-51 on the season. They are 8.0 games back in the division and ahead of only the Miami Marlins in the entire National League. The Marlins are 36-58. The Mets are still playing their game tonight, but are 44-51 on the year.
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