Hunter Greene put together another strong start as he struck out seven batters and allowed just one run against St. Louis on Satruday afternoon. But it wasn’t mean to be as the bullpen blew yet another game as Tommy Edman hit a walk-off 2-run home run for the Cardinals as they beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 and earned a win of the series with the final game coming tomorrow afternoon.
|Cincinnati Reds (20-39)
|St. Louis Cardinals (34-26)
|W: Wittgren (1-0) L: Kuhnel (0-1)
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Cincinnati wasn’t doing much in the first two innings of the game, but they got rolling in the 3rd inning. Chris Okey, making the first start of his career, led off the inning by reaching first base when he was hit by a pitch. He would move to third base when Brandon Drury doubled with one out and they would both score when Tommy Pham followed up with a double of his own. Kyle Farmer came up with an RBI single to cap the scoring off in the inning, giving Cincinnati a 3-0 lead.
Two innings later the Reds would threaten again with back-to-back singles from Joey Votto and Kyle Farmer with two outs, but Adam Wainwright struck out Matt Reynolds to end that threat.In the 8th inning Drew VerHagen came on to relieve Wainwright and the Reds took advantage with three straight 1-out singles to plate a run and take a 4-1 lead. One of those singles was the 4th hit of the day for Farmer. That would be the last time Cincinnati would score in the game…
Hunter Greene struck out the side in the 1st inning and it was just a sign of things to come, though it wasn’t apparent to begin the next inning when Nolan Arenado doubled to lead off the inning and Brendan Donovan had a 1-out walk. Greene buckled down and got two fly outs to end the inning with no damage. The Cardinals wouldn’t get another hit until the 6th inning off of Greene when Tommy Edman hit one back up the middle that deflected off of Greene’s leg for an infield single. He would then hit Nolan Gorman to put two men on with no outs. At 101 pitches that was enough for David Bell to make a call to the bullpen to bring in Alexis Diaz. He would walk a batter to load the bases and then gave up a sacrifice fly to dead center field on a ball that Nick Senzel caught leaping at the wall, but that would be all the Cardinals would get. Greene’s outing was finished with one run over 5.0 innings and he struck out seven batters with just two hits and two walks.
Luis Cessa took over for the bottom of the 7th inning for the Reds. Dylan Carlson led off with a single to Matt Reynolds. Reynolds made a diving stop but his throw to first was well beyond the bag and pulled Colin Moran into Carlson and Moran went down and was removed from the game. After getting Yadier Molina out, Cessa walked Juan Yepez but rebounded with a double play to end the inning and hold onto a 3-1 lead.
Hunter Strickland would begin the 8th inning for Cincinnati and he hit the first batter he faced. He got Paul Goldschmidt on a soft line out to shortstop, but then gave up a single and a 2-run double before he was replaced by Joel Kuhnel in a 4-3 ballgame. Tyler O’Neill was attempting to steal third base, but he took off before Kuhnel made a move to the plate and he turned and fired to third for an easy pick off. Brendan Donovan lined out to center to end the inning.
Kuhnel returned to start the 9th inning and he walked the first batter he faced. But the next pitch he threw was a double play off of the bat of Yadier Molina. Juan Yepez then lined a single into right field and was pinch run for by Edmundo Sosa. Before a pitch was thrown to Tommy Edman, Kuhnel attempted a pick off throw and air mailed it, sending Sosa to second base. It wouldn’t matter, though because Edman hit a 2-run home run to end the game.
Key Moment of the Game
Tommy Edman’s walk-off 2-run home run. Duh.
Notes Worth Noting
Earlier in the day the Reds picked up outfielder Stuart Fairchild off of waivers from the San Francisco Giants. Fairchild was the Reds 2nd round pick in 2017 and was traded in the Archie Bradley deal in August of 2020. In the corresponding move Cincinnati designated James Marinan for assignment.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals
Sunday June 12th, 2:15pm ET
Graham Ashcraft (3-0, 1.14 ERA) vs Dakota Hudson (4-2, 2.76 ERA)