The Reds offense never got on the board as Cincinnati wasted an outstanding start by Sonny Gray as they lost the game and 6th straight series in a 2-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday afternoon.
|Cincinnati Reds (75-69)
|St. Louis Cardinals (73-69)
|W: Happ (9-8) L: Gray (7-7) SV: Gallegos (8)
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Cincinnati didn’t have a baserunner until the top of the 3rd inning when Asdrúbal Cabrera reached on a throwing error by Nolan Arenado. Two outs later Jonathan India would single to put two men on, but a ground out ended the inning.
The Reds offense didn’t threaten again until the top of the 8th inning when Delino DeShields led off the inning with a double into the left-center gap. With Sonny Gray due up the Reds turned to Jose Barrero off of the bench to pinch-hit. The rookie struck out on a 99 MPH fastball on the outside corner of the plate, turning the lineup over and bringing Jonathan India to the plate. He hit a fly ball toward the right field corner and Dylan Carlson reached into the stands to make the catch while DeShields tagged up and took third base. Tyler Stephenson worked a full count, but he too struck out and the threat ended.
The middle of the order came up in the 9th, needing two runs to tie things up. Nick Castellanos struck out to start the frame. Joey Votto then popped up. With Eugenio Suárez due up, David Bell called on Mike Moustakas to pinch-hit and get a more favorable lefty-on-righty match up against Giovanny Gallegos. The call worked as he lined a double to the wall in left-center to bring the tying run to the plate in the form of Max Schrock, but he struck out to end the game as the Reds were shutout.
After getting two quick outs to begin the game, Sonny Gray gave up a single to Tyler O’Neill and then served up a 2-run homer to Paul Goldschmidt that put the Cardinals up 2-0. Gray then retired the next 14 batters in a row before Tommy Edman singled in the 6th inning with one out.
Edman would steal second base and Goldschmidt would later walk to put two on and lead to a visit from pitching coach Derek Johnson. Tyler O’Neill worked a full count, but he took strike three right over the middle of the plate for the second out of the inning. Nolan Arenado followed up with a lazy fly out to center to strand both runners and send the game to the 7th inning with the Cardinals still holding a 2-0 lead. Gray returned for the next inning and picked up two strikeouts in a perfect inning to cap off a 3-hit, 7-inning performance that saw him strike out six batters.
Tony Santillan took over for the bottom of the 8th inning, looking to keep the Cardinals lead at just 2-0. He did just that, needing just eight pitches to record three outs and send the game to the 9th to give the Reds offense one last chance.
Notes Worth Noting
The Reds have now lost six straight series. Maybe the Pirates will be the cure for all that ails. Tuesday can’t get here soon enough for Cincinnati.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Tuesday September 14th, 6:35pm ET
Wade Miley (12-5, 2.89 ERA) vs Dillon Peters (0-2, 3.38 ERA)