In a game that featured multiple baserunners thrown out at the plate, the game came down to the bottom of the 9th with the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position before Alexis Diaz shut the door on the Cardinals as the Cincinnati Reds stopped their 6-game losing streak with a 3-2 win in St. Louis on Thursday night.
|Cincinnati Reds (57-86)||3||7||0|
|St. Louis Cardinals (84-60)
|W: Anderson (1-3) L: Mikolas (11-12) SV: Diaz (7)
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Nick Senzel kicked off the scoring in the game with a 421-foot home run in the 2nd inning. In the 3rd inning the Reds loaded the bases with no outs after two walks sandwiched a TJ Friedl double. But Cincinnati only managed one run out of it on a Jake Fraley sacrifice fly because the inning ended when a botched double steal led to Friedl being thrown out at the plate. The run did put the Reds ahead 2-0.
Cincinnati didn’t score again until the 6th inning. That’s when Aristides Aquino hit a 411-foot solo home run to extend the lead to 3-1. Two innings later the Reds were threatening again after a 1-out walk from Donovan Solano and a double from Aristides Aquino. Solano was pinch run for by Stuart Fairchild and was then thrown out at the plate trying to tag up and score on a line out into right field by Nick Senzel. The Reds went in order in the top of the 9th and had to rely on the bullpen to try and hold onto a 2-run lead.
Chase Anderon kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard in the first two innings but couldn’t do the same in the bottom of the 3rd. Anderson put two men on with one out with a walk and a hit batter, and then with two outs Paul Goldschmidt came through with an RBI double. His line drive down the left field line easily scored Lars Nootbaar from second, but the Reds defense made a perfect combination of throws from TJ Friedl to Kyle Farmer to Austin Romine who made a nice catch and tag to end the inning and keep Cincinnati in front 2-1. That would be the only hit and run that Anderson allowed in his 5.0 innings before turning the game over to the bullpen.
Ian Gibaut took over in the 6th inning and he fired a perfect inning with two strikeouts to hold onto what was then a 3-1 lead for the Reds. Buck Farmer entered the game for the 7th inning and he tossed two perfect innings with three strikeouts before giving way to Alexis Diaz in the 9th.
Diaz ran into some problems after giving up a leadoff single and then walking Tommy Edman to start the frame. Paul Goldschmidt had a lazy fly to center for the first out, but another lazy fly fell in for a single from Nolan Arenado to load the bases. That brought Albert Pujols to the plate and he would hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2, and on the play Tommy Edman advanced to third base just ahead of the throw from Aristides Aquino on a bang-bang play at the bag. St. Louis then brought on pinch hitter Corey Dickerson to face Diaz. During that at-bat Arenado took second base on defensive indifference to put the winning run in scoring position, but he was then pinch run for. It wouldn’t matter as Diaz induced a ground out to end the game in a 3-2 victory.
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