The Cincinnati Reds jumped out to an early lead and it was more than enough for Andrew Abbott as he fired off 5.2 shutout innings before handing the game off to the bullpen. The relievers weren’t quite as good, but with a strong day from the offense the game was never in doubt as the Reds won 8-4 over the St. Louis Cardinals to even up the series.
|Cincinnati Reds (30-35)
|St. Louis Cardinals (27-38)
|W: Abbott (2-0) L: Mikolas (4-4)|
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Andrew Abbott got himself into some trouble in the bottom of the 1st inning. He gave up a 1-out single before issuing two walks to load the bases. The lefty was able to get out of the jam without any runs scoring, but he needed 33 pitches in the inning to do so.
The Reds got a little rally going with two outs in the top of the 2nd when Tyler Stephenson, Will Benson, and Stuart Fairchild all singled to load the bases. Luke Maile then came through with a clutch 3-run double to the wall in left field to put Cincinnati on top 3-0. Andrew Abbott came out and needed just nine pitches to get through the bottom of the inning as he made a nice recovery after his long 1st inning.
Matt McLain led off the 3rd inning with a triple on a line drive that got by a sliding Jordan Walker. McLain would later score on a single up the middle by Elly De La Cruz that made it 4-0. Spencer Steer followed up with a sacrifice fly that brought in Jonathan India, who had been hit by a pitch earlier in the inning.
Elly De La Cruz would walk to lead off the 5th inning and then he would steal second base. He would move to third base on a double play before Will Benson was robbed of an RBI hit on a diving grab by Tommy Edman. In the bottom of the inning Andrew Abbott found himself in trouble after a 2-out single and a walk, but he once again was able to clamp down and get out of a jam with a fly out to center.
Abbott returned for the 6th and gave up a 1-out single to Dylan Carlson before getting Paul DeJong to fly out to right field. That would be his final pitch of the day as the Reds called on Buck Farmer to come in and face Jordan Walker. Farmer got the job done, but he got some help as Stuart Fairchild made a running, leaping catch on a 110.2 MPH line drive in left field to end the inning and keep the shutout going. That also ended the line for Abbott, who for his second start in a row didn’t allow a run.
Jonathan India picked up a 1-out double. Elly De La Cruz then hit a comebacker to the pitcher, who fielded it and attempted to throw the ball to second and try to get India as he went back to the bag but the throw was lobbed and nowhere near in time and both runners were safe. Spencer Steer then doubled to center. India scored easily, but De La Cruz ran through the stop sign at third. Fortunately he’s the fastest human being alive (don’t fact check this) and slid in head first around the catcher and the tag to score and it was 7-0 Reds.
Kevin Herget, fresh off of being recalled from Triple-A, entered the game in the 8th inning. He hit Brendan Donovan with a pitch that bounced in the dirt before it hit him to lead off the inning. Donovan would be erased on a fielders choice, but Herget couldn’t keep the shutout alive after giving up a 2-out double to Paul Goldschmidt that brought in Tommy Edman from first base. A ground out followed to end the inning and the game headed to the 8th.
When Herget came back out for the bottom of the 8th inning the Cardinals went back to work. Luken Baker led off with a single and scored on a Dylan Carlson homer that made it 7-3. After a pop up, Jordan Walker doubled. That was it for Herget and the Reds had Lucas Sims enter the game. He walked Brendan Donovan to begin his day, but got a pop up and a fly out to keep St. Louis from scoring again in the inning.
Jonathan India led off the 9th inning with a walk and moved up to second base on a ground out. Tyler Stephenson then came through with a 2-out single to bring India in and pad the Reds lead.
Alexis Diaz took the mound for the bottom of the 9th despite a 5-run lead. He hadn’t pitched since Wednesday, though, so he certainly needed to get some work in. The inning started out well as Diaz struck out Paul Goldschmidt, but he then gave up a solo home run to Nolan Arenado as the Cardinals cut the lead to 8-4. It was the first home run given up by Diaz all year. It was the only run he’d give up as he completed the game and helped even up the 3-game series at one game for each time.
Key Moment of the Game
Spencer Steer’s 2-run double in the 7th inning that made it 7-0 and truly put the game away.
Notes Worth Noting
Andrew Abbott has now thrown 11.2 shutout innings to start his career. He was credited with the win in both outings.
Spencer Steer got on base twice and drove in three runs. Perhaps a bit overlooked with some of the other rookies on the team, Steer is now hitting .287/.367/.483 through 62 games this year.
Matt McLain has a 5-game hitting streak and he’s recorded a hit in 17 of his last 19 games.
TJ Friedl, just off of the injured list, was replaced in the field to begin the bottom of the 8th inning after grounding out in the top of the inning.
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Cincinnati Reds vs St. Louis Cardinals
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