The St. Louis Cardinals jumped on Ben Lively early, hitting two 2-run home runs in the first two innings to grab a 4-0 lead. In the 7th inning they would hit another 2-run homer to put the game away as they beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 in the first game of their 3-game series this weekend.
|Cincinnati Reds (29-35)
|St. Louis Cardinals (27-37)
|W: Montgomery (3-7) L: Lively (3-4) SV: Gallegos (8)|
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Kevin Newman started out the game with a double into left field, but the Reds offense couldn’t bring him around the bases and left him stranded over at third. In the bottom of the inning the Cardinals also got a runner on, but they didn’t fail in bringing him around as Nolan Arenado hit a 2-run homer to put St. Louis on top early on.
The Cardinals would play add on in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Paul DeJong led off with a single and then scored when Jordan Walker hit a home run that almost went through the wall of the bullpen to make it 4-0. In the bottom of the 4th they would get another run after a 2-out rally that culminated in an RBI single by Brendan Donovan.
Cincinnati finally got something going in the top of the 7th inning. Spencer Steer led off with a single and moved up a base when Tyler Stephenson followed up with a walk. Stuart Fairchild got the Reds on the board with a soft liner into left to bring Steer in from second. Will Benson came off of the bench to hit for Jose Barrero and walked to load the bases with one out for the Reds. Cincinnati got another run on a Kevin Newman sacrifice fly, making it a 5-2 ballgame. That brought Matt McLain to the plate, but on the first pitch Benson attempted to steal second base and was thrown out to end the inning.
That move may have been pivotal because it stopped arguably the teams best hitter from hitting with two men on base. And the next inning saw Ben Lively give up his third 2-run homer of the game – this time to Nolan Gorman – and Cincinnati saw their deficit climb to five runs.
In the top of the 8th Matt McLain stepped back into the box and walked to lead off the inning. He moved up to second on a single by Elly De La Cruz. Spencer Steer walked to load the bases and then McLain would score on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Stephenson on a ball caught at the wall in center. Stuart Fairchild then doubled in a run to make it 7-4. That led to a pitching change for St. Louis and it worked out as Giovanny Gallegos induced a ground out to end the inning and strand both baserunners. Cincinnati went quietly in the 9th, dropping the first game of the series to the Cardinals.
Key Moment of the Game
Nolan Gorman’s 2-run homer in the 7th inning that put the Cardinals up 7-2.
Notes Worth Noting
Matt McLain’s strong start continued with another double and a walk. He’s now hitting .350/.404/.530 through 23 games played.
Elly De La Cruz’s single saw him reach 31.9 feet per second. That’s the 4th fastest sprint speed in Major League Baseball this season.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals
Saturday June 10th, 2:15pm ET
Andrew Abbott (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs Miles Mikolas (4-2, 3.74 ERA)