Cincinnati grabbed an early lead on Sunday with a 1st inning homer from Nick Martini, and took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 3rd inning. But the Cardinals stormed back in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-2 lead and held on from there as St. Louis beat the Reds for the second day in a row to bring the season to an end.
|Cincinnati Reds (82-80)
|St. Louis Cardinals (71-91)
|W: Mikolas (9-13) L: Greene (4-7) SV: Helsley (14)|
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The game began with a bang as Nick Martini crushed a home run to put Cincinnati in front 1-0. Later in the inning Joey Votto would strike out. In between innings he was ejected from the game for yelling at the umpire from the dugout. The call in question, assuming Hawkeye was correct, was the third pitch of the at-bat, which was called a strike.
Not close to a strike.
Complete lack of awareness of the situation that this could very well be the last game of Joey Votto’s career and he ejected him. Votto, following the game said that the umpire was right in the ejection. I won’t pretend to speak for anyone else, but you’ve got to have some awareness there ump. Votto noted that he doesn’t have an answer yet about what’s in his future with regards to playing.
In the bottom of the 2nd inning the Cardinals put together a bit of a rally that began with a double to start the inning from Richie Palacios. He’d come in to score on a sacrifice fly to tie the game up. The Reds didn’t let them keep the lead for long as Stuart Fairchild and Elly De La Cruz smacked doubles in the top of the 3rd, with the latter driving in the go-ahead run.
Cincinnati’s lead didn’t last all that long, either. Tommy Edman led off the bottom of the 3rd with a single, stole second, and then scored on a 1-out double by Jordan Walker to tie the game up. Walker then scored when Luken Baker doubled to put the Cardinals on top. Jose Fermin capped off the inning with an RBI single to make it 4-2.
Neither offense did a whole lot from there until the top of the 7th when Will Benson singled and then came around to score on a 2-out double by Stuart Fairchild. That cut the Cardinals lead to a run. In the bottom of the 8th inning Adam Wainwright came off of the bench to pinch-hit for Jose Fermin and give the home crowd one final opportunity to show their appreciation for Wainright before his retirement. Alan Busenitz would strike him out to end the inning, giving Cincinnati one final opportunity to extend the game.
Noelvi Marte smacked a 1-out double to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. Will Benson followed with a single, but Marte paused on the play and by the time he picked up steam heading to third the stop sign was already up and Cincinnati had runners on the corners. Benson would steal second base, but that’s where he’d be stranded as back-to-back strikeouts ended the game.
Key Moment of the Game
Jose Fermin’s RBI single that capped off a 3-run inning for St. Louis that gave them the lead for good.
Notes worth noting
Noelvi Marte’s season ends while he’s riding a 16-game hitting streak and a 22-game on-base streak.
The two teams combined to walk just once and had 23 strikeouts.
What a turn around for Will Benson. He hit just .063 with no extra-base hits in the first two weeks of the season. He was then optioned to Triple-A. After returning in late May he hit .292/.383/.532 from that point forward in 100 games played.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by this season to hang out in the game threads and the game recaps. While the playing season is over for the Reds, we still plan to write about the club nearly every day between now and spring training.
Also a big thanks to everyone on the writing staff who has contributed throughout the year. It’s a long, long season when you start talking about spring training and very few off days for seven months.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
Spring Training 2024. See ya there.