Justin Dunn was good for the first four innings, but didn’t return for the 5th inning. The Reds bullpen got the job done, though, tossing 5.0 shutout innings as the offense pounded out 11 hits and five runs to beat the St. Louis Cardinals in Cincinnati on Tuesday night.
|St. Louis Cardinals (75-55)||1||4||1|
|Cincinnati Reds (51-77)||5||11||0|
|W: Law (1-1) L: Hudson (7-7)
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Cincinnati didn’t have a hit through the first two innings. All of that changed in the third. Trailing 1-0 the Reds got a single from Alejo Lopez on a liner up the middle to start the inning and Austin Romine followed up with a 2-run homer to give the home team the lead. Jonathan India then followed up with a single to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. He would come around to score when Jake Fraley doubled to extend the lead and give the Reds their 4th straight hit to start the inning. Kyle Farmer then chopped a single by a diving Brendan Donovan to bring in Fraley and make it 4-1, and on the throw to the plate Farmer grabbed second base. That’s all they would get, but a big inning gave them plenty to work with.
In the 5th inning the Reds went back to it with three straight singles, including two infield hits from Jonathan India and Kyle Farmer before Donovan Solano grounded into a double play, but saw the play produce a run that gave Cincinnati a 5-1 lead. The Reds wouldn’t score again, but they didn’t need to as the bullpen did their job and held on for the victory.
Justin Dunn retired the Cardinals in order in the 1st, but he ran into some troubles in the 2nd after recording the first two outs. Albert Pujols was hit by a pitch and the Corey Dickerson followed up with a single to put two men on, but Dunn clamped down and got Yadier Molina to fly out to end the inning. In the top of the 3rd inning Dunn couldn’t get a 92 MPH fastball by Tommy Edman who hit the ball to Kentucky to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead. He worked around a leadoff single in the top of the 4th and held onto the Reds 4-1 lead, but it would be his final inning of the day despite just 63 pitches
Derek Law, who was just promoted to join the big league club on Tuesday afternoon, took over in the top of the 5th inning and fired a shutout frame on just 10 pitches. He needed 14 pitches to get through the 6th inning but held the lead at 5-1. Joel Kuhnel and Buck Farmer both tossed a perfect inning to follow. That led to Alexis Diaz coming out for the 9th with a 4-run lead against the heart of the Cardinals lineup. He had to work around a walk, but got the job accomplished and sealed the win.
Notes Worth Noting
Alejo Lopez went 3-3 to raise his average to .310 on the season in 92 plate appearances.
In his post-game interview Justin Dunn said that after the 4th inning his shoulder tightened up on him a bit. He also noted that he expects to make his next start.
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