The game started out great for Cincinnati as Jonathan India crushed a leadoff home run to put the Reds in front. From there everything fell apart and at times in embarrassing fashion as the Cardinals grabbed a 7-1 lead by the time the 3rd inning was over and they never looked back in an 11-3 win over the last place Reds.
|Cincinnati Reds (34-57)
|St. Louis Cardinals (50-44)
|W: Mikolas (7-7) L: Lodolo (2-3)
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After Jonathan India’s leadoff home run the Reds offense went silent for the next seven innings. In the 8th inning they did get things moving after starter Miles Mikolas left the game. Two walks sandwiched around an error loaded the bases and led to another pitching change. Brandon Drury welcomed Johan Oviedo to the game with a 2-run single to make it an 8-3 game. That was all they’d get in the inning, though, as back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning.
Much like the top of the 1st inning, the bottom of it didn’t look so bad for the Reds at the start. Tommy Edman led off with a single, but Nick Lodolo retired the next two batters. That’s when things began to fall apart as he walked the next three batters and then hit Edmundo Sosa to put St. Louis ahead 2-1 before getting the final out of the inning.
Tommy Edman singled again in the 2nd inning, but Lodolo once again had two outs before things then started to fall apart. Paul Goldschmidt hit a 2-run homer to make it 4-1. Albert Pujols followed up with a single before Lodolo hit Tyler O’Neill and Brendan Donovan to load the bases. Edmundo Sosa then singled off of Lodolo’s foot, driving in a run and making it 5-1. He’d strike out Lars Nootbaar to end the inning, but it would be the final batter he saw on the day.
Things didn’t get better when Jeff Hoffman came out for the 3rd inning as he allowed two more runs as the Cardinals grabbed a 7-1 lead. In the 7th inning St. Louis got some help from the defense as an error led to their 8th run of the day.
After Cincinnati scored twice in the top of the 8th to make it an 8-3 game, the Hunter Strickland experience continued as he allowed back-to-back singles to begin the inning before Lars Nootbar hit a 3-run homer to make it 11-3. That wound up being the final score.
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