|St. Louis Cardinals (64-57)
|Cincinnati Reds (58-64)
|W: DeSclafani (8-7) L: Mikolas (7-13)|
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Home runs and good pitching usually lead to wins, and that’s just what happened on Saturday night for the Cincinnati Reds. Aristides Aquino and Nick Senzel homered, and the pitching staff worked together to give up just one run of their own as they beat up on the St. Louis Cardinals.
Nick Senzel led off the bottom of the 1st inning with a 384 foot home run to put the Reds on top. After the Cardinals tied the game up with a solo home run of their own in the top of the second, the game remained tied until the bottom of the 4th. Phillip Ervin led off with a single and moved to third on a Tucker Barnhart single. That’s when Jose Iglesias put the Reds up for good with a sac fly.
The big blow of the game came the next inning, though. With two outs Josh VanMeter singled into center field, and Freddy Galvis followed up with one of his own. That set the stage for Aristides Aquino who took the first pitch he saw and hit it 408 feet into center field for a 3-run homer that made it 5-1. In the 7th inning another sac fly, this one by Freddy Galvis made it 6-1 and that’s where the Reds finished things out for the win.
Josh VanMeter reached base all four times he came to the plate – singling twice and drawing two walks. Freddy Galvis also added two hits. Oh, and so did Michael Lorenzen. He had exit velocities of 107.8 and 106.4 MPH in the game.
Anthony DeSclafani gave up just one run, a solo homer to Matt Carpenter in the 2nd inning. He threw 5.0 innings and allowed five hits. Control wasn’t great, but he worked around three walks and he struck out four batters before handing the game off to the bullpen. His ERA dropped to 4.40 on the season.
Lucas Sims fired a shutout inning with two walks and two strikeouts. He gave the game over to Michael Lorenzen for the 7th and 8th innings and he struck out three batters in the process of keeping the Cardinals off of the board. Just added to the roster today, R.J. Alaniz came in for the 9th inning and made easy work of St. Louis, going 1-2-3 to seal the game.
Notes Worth Noting
This is Aristides Aquino’s world and we’re all just living in it. He set yet another Major League record tonight by homering, giving him the record of fewest games to reach 11 career home runs – 17 games. The Punisher is taking no prisoners.
With 11 HR in 17 games, Aristides Aquino will share, at least, with Rhys Hoskins the modern Major League record for HR in a player’s first 18, 19 or 20 career games. Hoskins hit his 11th HR in his 18th career game.
Aristides Aquino’s now hitting .345/.390/.964. This seems good.
Michael Lorenzen’s two hits pushed his average up to .357 on the year. Sure, small sample size, but whatever, we’re trying to be positive right now!
Josh VanMeter’s line is .293/.383/.472 on the season for the Reds. As I keep saying: Play him every single day.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
St. Louis Cardinals vs Cincinnati Reds
Sunday August 18th, 1:10pm ET
Jack Flaherty (6-6, 3.52 ERA) vs. Alex Wood (1-1, 5.59 ERA)