Mike Minor walked five batters in the first three innings and gave up five runs before exiting the game. Cincinnati’s offense never really got going, either, as the St. Louis Cardinals held on for a 5-1 victory in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader. Game two will begin at 7:15pm ET.
|Cincinnati Reds (57-88)||1||7||0|
|St. Louis Cardinals (86-60)
|W: Hudson (8-7) L: Minor (4-12)
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Cincinnati’s offense did very little in the first six innings of the game, picking up three singles in that span. In the 7th inning they got a little bit going with an infield single from Matt Reynolds that saw him advance to second when pitcher Dakota Hudson threw the ball past Albert Pujols on the play. Later in the inning TJ Friedl doubled in the first run of the game for Cincinnati to cut into the Cardinals lead, making it a 5-1 ballgame. In the bottom of the 9th inning Matt Reynolds lined a 2-out double to the wall in left-center and David Bell sent Donovan Solano to the plate to pinch hit for Chuckie Robinson, who was zero for his last 24. It made no difference as Solano struck out to end game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Mike Minor had to work around two walks in the 1st inning, but the lefty was able to do so. The next inning was a different story. The inning began with a walk and then a 1-out single put two runners on. Tommy Edman singled in the first run of the game before Minor walked Albert Pujols to load the bases and then Paul Goldschmidt to make it a 2-0 game. On a day when the Reds need someone to eat innings, Minor had thrown 58 pitches in the first two frames and walked five batters.
Things didn’t get better in the 3rd inning. A leadoff double from Dylan Carlson led to him scoring on a single from Brendan Donovan on a play where Aristides Aquino’s throw got to the plate in time but on the tag Chuckie Robinson dropped the ball to make it 3-0. Five pitches later Yadier Molina hit a 2-run homer and it was 5-0 Cardinals.
Kyle Dowdy took over to begin the 4th inning and he didn’t give up a run over the next four innings, giving up just three hits and a walk. Not a bad showing for the 29th man on the roster for today’s doubleheader. Hunter Strickland entered the game to begin the 8th inning with the Reds still trailing 5-1 and that was the score when the inning was over as Strickland worked around a Tommy Edman single to send the game to the 9th inning. Cincinnati’s offense couldn’t make the comeback and the Reds dropped game one.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals
Saturday September 17th, 7:15pm ET (Game 2)
Hunter Greene (4-12, 5.26 ERA) vs Jose Quintana (5-6, 3.34 ERA)