Cincinnati’s offense had three whole hits as their offense continued to slump, losing in shutout fashion 5-0 to the St. Louis Cardinals. The loss was the 11th consecutive defeat for the Reds since Phil Castellini asked the fans “where ya gonna go” on opening day.
|St. Louis Cardinals (9-4)||5||10||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (2-13)||0||3||0|
|W: Hudson (1-0) L: Mahle (1-2)
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The Reds offense didn’t get much going in either of the first two innings, but in the 3rd they saw Alejo Lopez walk and Aramis Garcia singled to follow. Lopez tried to take third on the play, and appeared to barely beat the throw, but he slid off of the bag as Nolan Arenado held the tag and Lopez was called out. A line out ended the inning. Cincinnati’s next hit would come in the 5th inning from Nick Senzel, who doubled into the right field corner with one out. As things have gone all season, the offense couldn’t come through and he was stranded. Alejo Lopez would add a single in the 8th inning, but like the other baserunners the team had on Saturday evening, he was left there. That was all she wrote as the Reds were shut out 5-0 as they fell to 2-13.
Tyler Mahle was solid but unspectacular as he allowed two runs in 4.1 innings on five hits and three walks to go along with three strikeouts. After allowing two of the first three batters to reach in the top of the 5th, David Bell went to the bullpen to bring in Art Warren. After striking out Nolan Arenado he gave up an RBI single – which was the second of the two runs charged to Mahle – before ending the inning with a ground out.
Lucas Sims took over in the 6th in his first appearance of the season. He recorded two outs rather quickly, but then gave up a double, hit a batter, and then another double that plated two runs to extend the Cardinals lead to 4-0. Justin Wilson tossed a shutout inning in the 7th, but Hunter Strickland walked two batters and gave up a hit while allowing a run as St. Louis jumped ahead 5-0. Dauri Moreta threw a perfect 9th with two strikeouts to keep the score there and hope for a miracle from the Reds offense. It never came as the Reds lost their 11th in a row.
Key Moment of the Game
Looking back it may have been Alejo Lopez oversliding third base as that would have represented the best opportunity for Cincinnati to score all day.
Notes Worth Noting
The Chicago Cubs scored 21 runs today. The Cincinnati Reds have scored 20 runs in their last 11 games.
Since Phil Castellini asked fans “where you gonna go?” on Opening Day, the Reds have lost 11 straight games by a combined score of 68-20, they’ve had a lead for 18 pitches, and the team owns the worst record in baseball at 2-13. pic.twitter.com/JPDs8dKpDd
— Brandon Saho (@BrandonSaho) April 23, 2022
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