The Cincinnati Reds needed a win on Sunday to avoid a sweep and to avoid a 7-game losing streak. The St. Louis Cardinals weren’t in a giving mood and held on for the sweep, sending the Reds out west to face off against the best team in baseball on a massive losing streak.
|Cincinnati Reds (9-12)
|St. Louis Cardinals (11-10)
|W: Flaherty (4-0) L: Castillo (1-2) SV: Reyes (5)
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Jack Flaherty held the Reds hitless until the 4th inning when Jesse Winker singled – extending his hit streak to 10 games – but he was erased on a double play to end the inning two pitches later.
The next time a Reds hitter reached base was in the top of the 6th inning when Jonathan India was hit in the head by a Jack Flaherty pitch. That led to the umpires getting together and issuing warnings to both teams, resulting in David Bell coming onto the field and losing his mind – rightfully so – as he’s trying to understand how his player was hit in the head by a pitch and his team gets a warning. That argument resulted in the 12the ejection of the career for Bell.
David Bell gets ejected after a heated exchange with the umpire following 90+ mph pitch to Jonathan India's head. pic.twitter.com/TkM5LSN0zR
— Bally Sports Cincinnati (@BallySportsCIN) April 25, 2021
Jonathan India remained in the game for the time being, but after the inning was over he was replaced in the field by Kyle Farmer.
Jesse Winker got the Reds offense going in the 7th with a leadoff home run. It was Winker’s 4th of the season and raised his average to .387 on the season. The going, however, was short lived. While Nick Castellanos singled to follow he was erased on a double play ball and the inning ended with an Eugenio Suárez strikeout as the middle of the order continued their slump. The Reds got another run in the 8th to make it a 4-2 game when Tyler Naquin singled in Kyle Farmer who had reached on a fielders choice earlier in the inning.
The Reds didn’t go quietly in the 9th. Nick Castellanos had a ground-rule double and Joey Votto walked to put two men on with one out. Eugenio Suárez hit one deep into left-center, but it was run down for the 2nd out of the inning. Nick Senzel followed that with a walk to load the bases for Tucker Barnhart. After working a 3-1 count he grounded out to first base to strand them loaded and end the game.
Back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom of the 1st inning were followed by a ground out that got the Cardinals on the board. Luis Castillo then induced a double play to end the inning. A 2-out solo home run in the 2nd inning by Tyler O’Neill made it a 2-0 game. Castillo settled in after that…. until he faced O’Neill in the 5th, when he hit his second solo home run of the game to make it 3-0. Andrew Knizner followed up with a single and he’d come around to score later in the inning on a Dylan Carlson 2-out single to extend the Cardinals lead to 4-0.
After giving up four runs in 5.0 innings Luis Castillo was replaced to start the 6th inning by bringing in Carson Fulmer. He allowed just one hit over 2.0 innings of relief that included two strikeouts. Sean Doolittle came out for the bottom of the 8th to try and keep the Cardinals lead at 4-2. That plan didn’t go as well as he would have hoped as a bloop-hustle double came around to score on a line drive single by Paul Goldschmidt. The lefty settled in after that getting three lazy fly balls to end the inning.
Notes Worth Noting
Jesse Winker’s single in the 4th inning extended his hitting streak to 10 games. That’s currently the longest streak in Major League Baseball.
Nick Senzel moved to second base in the bottom of the 8th inning in a double switch that put Tyler Naquin in center.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Los Angeles Dodgers
Monday April 26, 10:10pm ET
Tyler Mahle (1-1, 1.74 ERA) vs. Luis Urias (3-0, 2.81 ERA)