Luis Cessa and the Cincinnati Reds bullpen were dominant on Sunday afternoon, holding the St. Louis Cardinals to just two hits in a 3-0 win in the season series finale.
|Cincinnati Reds (58-89)
|St. Louis Cardinals (87-61)
|W: Cessa (4-3) L: Montgomery (8-5) SV: Farmer (2)
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Cincinnati got on the board in the top of the 3rd inning after Jose Barrero singled with one out and moved up to second when Jonathan India worked a 9-pitch walk. Spencer Steer then came through with a 2-out RBI single into center.
In the 5th inning the Reds were threatening again. Chuckie Robinson snapped an 0-25 streak with a 1-out double off of the wall in center. Jonathan India followed up with a walk to put two runners on for Cincinnati, but the next two batters struck out and left two men on. In the 6th inning the Reds came through as Stuart Fairchild followed a Nick Senzel single with a 2-run homer to extend the Reds lead to 3-0. The Reds threatened in the top of the 9th after back-to-back singles from Matt Reynolds and Jose Barrero, but a fly ball from Jonathan India and a perfect throw to the plate from Lars Nootbar led to an inning-ending double play.
Luis Cessa was getting the job done through the first two innings, but he ran into some trouble in the third with a little help from his defense. After retiring Yadier Molina to begin the inning, Cessa walked Nolan Gorman. A hard one hop ground ball towards Jose Barrero at shortstop got by him as he tried to grab it on the side of his body went down as a single. The next play saw Matt Reynolds bobble a grounder that could have been a double play and instead loaded the bases. Cessa clamped down and got another grounder and this time Barrero fielded it and flipped to Reynolds to turned and threw to first to complete the inning ending double play and keep the Reds in front 1-0. Cessa would retire six in a row over the next two innings to complete his day with 5.0 1-hit innings of shutout baseball.
Derek Law entered the game to start the 6th inning with a 3-0 lead. He had to work around a 1-out walk, but he came through without letting a ball leave the infield. Law returned for the 7th and picked up the first two outs of the inning with ease. But he walked Lars Nootbaar and then gave up a bloop single to Yadier Molina to bring the tying run to the plate. David Bell made a pitching change to bring in Joel Kuhnel to try and get out of the inning and it worked to perfection as he fired three straight fastballs by Nolan Gorman to end the inning and kept Cincinnati up 3-0. Kuhnel returned for the 8th inning and needed just 11 pitches to get through it unscathed. Buck Farmer came out to try and pick up the save, holding a 3-0 lead. Farmer needed just six pitches to record three outs as the Reds held on for the win.
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