A pitching duel it wasn’t as neither starter made it to the 5th inning. But the Cardinals got the best of the Reds in the first game of a day-night doubleheader as St. Louis topped Cincinnati 5-4 behind two long home runs from Paul Goldschmidt. The loss, at least temporarily, drops the Reds out of a playoff spot and behind the San Diego Padres in the race for the second wild card spot.
|St. Louis Cardinals (68-63)
|Cincinnati Reds (71-63)
|W: Cabrera (3-5) L: Miley (11-5) SV: Gallegos (4)
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After a 1-2-3 1st inning the Reds got to work in the 2nd inning, trailing 2-0. Joey Votto led off the inning with a walk and he moved up to second on a Kyle Farmer infield single. Votto would score when Tucker Barnhart single into left field. Wade Miley would then help himself with a 2-run double to put the Reds up 3-2. After the Cardinals tied things up in the top of the 3rd, the Reds went back to work when Nick Castellanos singled and then scored on a double by Joey Votto as Cincinnati took the 4-3 lead.
St. Louis took the lead back with two runs in the top of the 4th. In the bottom half of the inning Tyler Stephenson led off with a single and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Aristides Aquino would pick up an infield single an out later to put runners on 1st and 2nd, but the Reds couldn’t cash in on either runner as Jonathan India popped out and pinch hitter Alejo Lopez grounded out to end the inning.
Nick Castellanos singled on a deep ground ball to shortstop to lead off the 5th, but he was erased a few pitches later on a double play grounded into by Joey Votto. Mike Moustakas struck out to end the inning. The following inning saw Eugenio Suárez flare a double down the right field line with two outs as a pinch hitter. He was pinch run for by newcomer Delino DeShields, but Aristides Aquino’s broken bat line out to second base ended the inning and stranded another runner.
Trailing 5-4 and entering the 7th inning the Reds had one last chance to tie the game up or potentially win it with the top of the lineup coming up. Jonathan India flew out to center to start the inning. Alejo Lopez struck out swinging to follow. That left the game on the line for Nick Castellanos and he flew out on the first pitch he saw to end the game.
It didn’t take long for the Cardinals to get to Wade Miley. Paul Goldschmidt connected for a long solo homer off of the batters eye to make it 1-0 in the top of the 1st. Two hits would follow in the inning, but Miley escaped allowing just the one run. Harrison Bader led off the 2nd inning with a homer of his own to make it 2-0. A hit and a walk would follow later in the inning, but once again Miley escaped with just the one run.
After the Reds scored three runs in the bottom of the 2nd to take a lead, the Cardinals put together three singles to tie things up in the top of the inning. Cincinnati took the lead back in the bottom of the inning, but St. Louis took it away from them with a 2-run homer from Paul Goldschmidt – his 2nd of the day, to make it 5-4. That would be the final inning for Miley, who allowed five runs on 12 hits and a walk in just 4.0 innings as he turned in one of his worst starts of the year.
Lucas Sims threw a perfect 5th inning that included two strikeouts. Tony Santillan took over in the 6th and worked around a walk for a shutout inning to keep the game at a 1-run deficit. Luis Cessa came out for the 7th inning to try and keep the score at 5-4 and give the Reds offense an easier opportunity to try and tie it up or walk it off. Things got dicey when he allowed back-to-back singles with two outs, but he was able to get Andrew Knizner to ground out to end the threat and keep the score the same as it was when the inning began. The Reds offense couldn’t get it done in the bottom of the 7th as the Cardinals pulled within a game-and-a-half of Cincinnati.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
St. Louis Cardinals vs Cincinnati Reds
Wednesday September 1st, 6:40pm ET
J.A. Happ (8-6, 5.76 ERA) vs Sonny Gray (6-6, 3.91 ERA)