The Cincinnati Reds (21-26) needed to come from behind on Sunday to beat the St. Louis Cardinals (20-20), but they were able to do just that as they put the pressure on the Cardinals bullpen. Cincinnati scored at least one run against six different St. Louis relievers, getting home runs from Eugenio Suárez and Aristides Aquino late to put the game away.
|Cincinnati Reds (21-26)
|St. Louis Cardinals (20-20)
|W: Bradley (2-0) L: Gant (0-3) SV: Iglesias (7)
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After the Cardinals grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st, Cincinnati’s offense got the run back when Brian Goodwin crushed his first homer as a Red – clanging the ball off of the fair pole down the right field line. They had to match the Cardinals again the next inning after St. Louis put two more on the board. Eugenio Suárez doubled in a run with two outs. Mike Moustakas was intentionally walked to load the bases to bring Tyler Stephenson to the plate. The plan didn’t work out for St. Louis as Stephenson worked a walk to bring in the tying run and make it 3-3.
As the game had been going, the Reds offense seemed to answer the Cardinals offense that happened the half-inning prior. St. Louis took a 5-3 lead in the bottom of the 5th. In the top of the 6th Brian Goodwin walked to lead off the inning, and an out later Jose Garcia picked up his second single of the game to put runners on first and second. Nick Castellanos came through with a 2-out RBI single to make it 5-4 and put runners on the corners, but Joey Votto flew out to left to end the inning.
Cincinnati got the offense rolling with one out in the 7th. Mike Moustakas walked and moved up to second base when Tyler Stephenson singled. St. Louis made a pitching change after the first pitch, a ball, to Brian Goodwin, as John Gant seemed to injure himself on the pitch. Andrew Miller was brought in to left the left-handed hitting Goodwin. The Reds, however, countered by bringing in Aristides Aquino as a pinch hitter and he was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Freddy Galvis then walked on four pitches to tie the game up. The next pitch got away from Yadier Molina to bring in the go-ahead run for Cincinnati. Jose Garcia then grounded one down the third base line that brought in another run, making it 7-5.
In the top of the 8th inning the Reds offense kept going when Eugenio Suárez hit his 13th homer of the season – a solo shot – to extend the Cincinnati lead to 8-5. They didn’t stop there, keeping things rolling in the 9th, too. Tucker Barnhart singled on a line drive to right field to start the inning. Aristides Aquino then crushed a ball 421 feet into the center field seats to make it 10-5. That was more than enough to seal the win on the day and the series win over St. Louis.
Tyler Mahle ran into trouble early. He walked two batters and allowed a single to load the bases in the 1st, leading to a sacrifice fly that put St. Louis up 1-0. He would get Yadier Molina to ground out to end the inning. The next inning was more of the same, though. Matt Carpenter led off with a double. After a strikeout, Mahle allowed a walk, single, and then a sacrifice fly – a sequence that brought two more runs in and made it 3-1.
With more control problems, Tyler Mahle didn’t make it out of the 3rd inning. With two outs in the 3rd, David Bell went to the bullpen to bring in Robert Stephenson – ending the day for Mahle after just 2.2 innings and four walks to go along with three earned runs at that point. Stephenson came on and struck out Austin Dean to strand runners on first and second base and keep the game tied.
Robert Stephenson would work around a walk in the 4th inning to keep the game tied up. He returned to begin the 5th inning, but walked the leadoff batter and prompted the Reds go to the bullpen and bring in Nate Jones. Walks will haunt, as they say, and the leadoff walk by Stephenson did just that. After a ground out induced by Jones, he gave up back-to-back singles to bring the runner across the plate and put the Cardinals back in front 4-3. The Reds caught a break on the next play as another single followed, but the Cardinals made a TOOTBLAN (thrown out on the bases like a nincompoop) by holding the runner at third, but the trail runner also headed to third. After some throwing around, Yadier Molina was thrown out at the plate, leaving runners on the corners with two outs. Another single followed that brought in another run, making 5-3. Jones finally recorded the final out on a line drive to Nick Castellanos, but the damage was done.
Archie Bradley made his third appearance in the last two weeks and tossed a perfect 6th inning that featured a strikeout. He came back out for the 7th inning and he made quick work of the Cardinals, getting two quick ground outs and a fly out to Aristides Aquino in right field to hold the 7-5 lead after a big top of the 7th.
Raisel Iglesias came out for the 8th inning and things went quickly as he struck out two batters and needed just nine pitches to record three outs. The closer came back out for the 9th, holding onto a 10-5 lead after the bats did damage in the final two trips to the plate. A 1-out walk to Paul Goldschmidt was worked around as Iglesias sealed the win for the Reds with a hitless 9th inning.
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