A 90-minute delay preceded the game, there was a 35-minute delay during the game, and the St. Louis Cardinals scored 13 runs in a 13-4 drubbing of the Cincinnati Reds that saw the home team go through seven pitchers and a position player on the mound.
|St. Louis Cardinals (75-54)||13||14||0|
|Cincinnati Reds (50-77)||4||7||1|
|W: Stratton (7-4) L: Anderson (0-1)
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Cincinnati had just two hits through the first four innings of the game and they were both singles. But in the 5th inning TJ Friedl led off with a home run as he continues to swing a hot bat. After a ground out from Nick Senzel, Stuart Fairchild homered and made it an 8-2 ballgame. Colin Moran walked to follow and Chuckie Robinson crushed his first big league home run to make it 8-4. Jonathan India came through with a single and extended his hitting streak to 12 games, but that was the final hit of the inning.
The Cardinals immediately got all four of those runs back in the top of the 6th and before the bottom of the inning could begin the skies opened up and it started pouring, leading to another rain delay in a 12-4 game. After about 35 minutes the game resumed, but the offense for Cincinnati didn’t as they managed just one hit – an infield single – and two walks the rest of the way.
Chase Anderson made his organizational debut after signing with the team last week. He looked good in the 1st inning, retiring the side in order with two strikeouts and a ground out. Anderson then began the 2nd inning by getting Nolan Arenado to ground out. But then the Cardinals figured it out and went homer, single, single, walk, double and grabbed a 3-0 lead before he was removed from the game and replaced by Ross Detwiler. He came on and gave up two straight hits to make it 6-0 before he got Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado out to end the inning.
It didn’t really get better after that for Detwilder as he allowed a 2-run homer to Albert Pujols on an 0-2 pitch to make it 8-0 for the Cardinals in the 3rd inning. Joel Kuhnel took over in the 4th inning and worked around a single for a shutout inning of work. Reiver Sanmartin took over for the 5th inning. The lefty had to work around an infield single but he held the score at 8-0. He returned for the 6th and walked the first batter then got a ground ball to Donovan Solano over at third but he threw the ball into the outfield. That led to Hunter Strickland coming into the game to face Paul Goldschmidt with two runners in scoring position and no outs, but he got a grounder to shortstop to hold the runners in place. It didn’t go as well against Nolan Arenado as he doubled in both runners and then scored on the next pitch when Tyler O’Neill hit a baseball to Scranton, Pennsylvania to make it 12-4. That was the final time the Cardinals scored in the inning.
After a rain delay it was Art Warren who came out of the bullpen for the Reds and he pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Ian Gibaut then pitched the top of the 8th for Cincinnati and followed up Warren’s inning with a perfect one of his own that also featured two strikeouts. Alejo Lopez took over the game in the top of the 9th inning and after giving up a leadoff homer he retired the next three batters.
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