The Cincinnati Reds (16-21) were able to match the St. Louis Cardinals (14-14) every time the visiting team got on the board. Cincinnati never trailed at the end of an inning, but they never held the lead until the game was over, as Joey Votto’s walk-off single broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 9th inning as the Reds ended the home stand on a high note.
|St. Louis Cardinals (14-14)
|Cincinnati Reds (16-21)
|W: Iglesias (2-2) L: Gallegos (1-1)
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When St. Louis took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd inning, the Reds didn’t waste much time getting the run back. Eugenio Suárez led off the bottom of the frame with a double and he’d later score on a single by Shogo Akiyama. The offense went quiet from there until the bottom of the 5th, when the Reds once again fell behind in the top of the inning. Akiyama was once again involved in the scoring of the runs – he was hit by a pitch with one out in the inning. Tucker Barnhart followed with a 2-run homer that tied the game up at 3-3. It was rather quiet from that point forward for the offense, who had just three hits entering the 9th inning.
With the game still tied at 3-3, Shogo Akiyama drew a 1-out walk to put the winning run on the bases. Curt Casali followed up with a walk to move Akiyama up to second base for Joey Votto and he came through with a walk-off single into right field on an 0-2 count to bring Akiyama who beat the throw to the plate.
After a scoreless 1st inning, the Cardinals got to Tyler Mahle in the 2nd. Out of nowhere Reds killer Brad Miller hit his 3rd home run in the last two nights to lead off the inning and put St. Louis up 1-0. Mahle kept the Cardinals off the board over the next two innings, but in the 5th they got back at it. Yadier Molina crushed a lined drive homer out to left field, and then Kolten Wong capped off the inning with an RBI double to extend the lead to 3-1. After the Reds tied things up in the bottom of the inning, the Cardinals were shut down by Mahle for the next two innings as he went 7.0 strong frames.
Amir Garrett took over to start the 8th inning. After retiring the first two hitters of the inning, Tommy Edman singled. That led to manager David Bell going to the bullpen to bring in Raisel Iglesias to face Paul Goldschmidt, who flew out to end the inning and keep the game tied up at 3-3.
Then came the top of the 9th inning. A single to center started off the inning. Then Paul DeJong and the Cardinals caught a break from Angel Hernandez, who called a check swing a ball that should have been strike three. It wasn’t, and DeJong walked on the next pitch. Yadier Molina then laid down a sacrifice bunt, which was followed up by an intentional walk to load the bases and set up a force out at any base with Tyler O’Neill at the plate against Raisel Iglesias. Loading the bases didn’t matter there as O’Neill struck out on three pitches to bring Lane Thomas to the dish with two outs. It took a few more pitches, but Iglesias sent him back to the dugout with a strikeout, too. That set up the Reds with the chance to walk the game off in the bottom of the 9th. Good thing, too, because it worked.
Notes worth noting
It was announced during the game that Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver passed away in his sleep.
The Cincinnati Reds mourn the death of Hall of Famer Tom Seaver. pic.twitter.com/lbRQHEmEzo
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 3, 2020
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