|Cincinnati Reds (11-13)||4||2||0|
|St. Louis Cardinals (7-8)||2||3||2|
|W: Lorenzen (1-1) L: Cabrera (1-1) SV: Iglesias (3)
|Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread|
David Bell pulled the right strings on Friday night. The Reds manager pinch hit for two batters in the top of the 6th inning, first with Phillip Ervin and then with Matt Davidson. Ervin reached the bases after he was hit by a pitch, and then Davidson hit a baseball to another state (449 feet, according to Statcast) for a go-ahead grand slam. The bullpen was strong, too, with Raisel Iglesias picking up the save with a perfect 9th inning that required just nine pitches.
The Reds offense seemed to be in a hurry to swing the bat. Both Joey Votto and Nick Castellanos swung at the first pitch as they recorded outs. Jesse Winker took the first pitch he saw of his at-bat, but lined out to left field to end the inning. The next inning forced Dakota Hudson to work a bit more, with Eugenio Suárez seeing three pitches to lead off the inning with a single. A strikeout,a ground ball that erased Suárez, and another strikeout put the offense away in the 2nd. The Reds threatened in the 3rd inning with two walks, but a ground out to third base by Winker ended the inning.
Mike Moustakas was hit by a pitch in the 4th inning, but that represented the only baserunner the team had between the 4th and 5th innings.
Trailing 2-0, the Reds seemed to catch a break with two outs in the top of the 6th inning. Eugenio Suárez ran into a curveball and hit it to dead center, but Harrison Bader should have caught it, but misread where he was on the warning track and jumped before the wall and had the ball glance off of his glove in what would wind up being a 3-base error as the Reds third baseman wound up at third on the play. That brought Mike Moustakas to the plate, who walked on five pitches to put runners on the corners. David Bell then chose to pinch hit for Shogo Akiyama with Phillip Ervin, who would be facing a left-handed reliever. He would eventually trot down to first base after taking a 98 MPH pitch to the leg.
The Reds then went to the bench again, bringing in Matt Davidson to pinch hit for Josh VanMeter to play the match up of right-handed hitter vs left-handed pitcher. Did that move ever pay off. After getting ahead 2-0, Davidson clobbered a 4-run homer over the bullpen, over the seats, and onto the concourse. Statcast called it 449 feet with an exit velocity of 113 MPH. It looked every bit of both of those en-route to giving the Reds a 4-2 lead.
In the 7th inning, Tucker Barnhart led things off with a walk, but the top of the lineup went 1-2-3 to strand him on the bases. Cincinnati went rather quietly in the 8th inning. It was more of the same in the 9th as the offense hoped the bullpen could hold the 4-2 lead they were handed.
Anthony DeSclafani worked around a 2-out single in the 1st inning, needing 14 pitches against the four hitters. The 2nd inning started out with a nice play involving Freddy Galvis playing the ball behind the 1st base bag (defensive shift) and DeSclafani covering the bag for Votto who dove for the ball.
The bottom of the 3rd was a stressful one for DeSclafani. After getting Yadier Molina to fly out to start the inning, Harrison Bader walked, Kolten Wong bunted for a single, and then Tommy Edman was hit by a pitch to load the bases. The Reds righty struck out Paul Goldschmidt for the second out of the frame before walking Matt Carpenter to put the Cardinals up 1-0. He jumped ahead of Brad Miller with a strike before getting him to ground out to end the threat.
The 4th inning saw DeSclafani work around a 1-out single by Dexter Fowler without any damage done. In the 5th he began things by walking Kolten Wong on four pitches. After Tommy Edman flew out to center, Paul Goldschmidt also walked and that spelled the end of the night for DeSclafani. David Bell turned to Michael Lorenzen, who came in and walked Matt Carpenter to load the bases. Brad Miller followed up with a chopper to second, scoring a run as the Reds were only able to get a force out at second on the play. Tyler O’Neill popped out to end the inning.
Aftera huge pinch-hit grand slam by Matt Davidson, Michael Lorenzen returned to the mound in the bottom of the 6th inning with a 4-2 lead. He struck out Dexter Fowler, got Yadier Molina to fly out to right field, and then ended the inning with a strikeout of Harrison Bader to hold the lead.
Tyler Thornburg came out for the bottom of the 7th inning to try and hold onto a 4-2 Cincinnati lead. Tried and accomplished. Thornburg needed just eight pitches to retire all three Cardinals in the inning and send things to the 8th. Amir Garrett took things over from there, tossing a perfect frame with two strikeouts along the way.
Holding onto a 4-2 lead, Raisel Iglesias came out to try and close the game out – something he failed to do in the exact same situation 24 hours prior. The first batter went down swinging on a change up just under the zone. The next batter, Yadier Molina, hit the ball hard but Nick Castellanos tracked it down for the second out of the inning. St. Louis went to the bench to try and get something going, bringing in lefty Dylan Carlson to face Iglesias. He started him out with a 96 MPH strike before taking a change up in the dirt. The final pitch of the at-bat was grounded right back to Iglesias, who tossed over to Joey Votto to seal the win for Cincinnati.
Notes worth noting
Matt Davidson has three home runs in his last four at-bats. All have come against left-handed pitching. Matt Davidson really likes left-handed pitchers.
The Reds only had two hits in the game. They still won.
Last time the Reds won a game where their hitters had 2 or fewer hits was a 1-0 victory at St. Louis on 7/29/2015.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) August 22, 2020
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