The Cardinals played a four-game series with the Reds and, man, did it not go as one probably predicted. The Cardinals, who were outscored 20-3 in the first three games of the series, tripled their run total in the series’s finale.
The first game of the series was started by John Lamb and Jaime Garcia. Cincy got things started in the second when Todd Frazier singled, Eugenio Suarez singled, and Tucker Barnhart walked. Then, rookie starting pitcher John Lamb grounded out. His first career RBI gave the Reds a 1-0 advantage. Though that was far, far from what they would score, it’s all they would need. The Cardinals failed to score in the ballgame, despite the fact that they walked six times. Cincinnati went on to score ten more times. Yeah, ten. Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier homered en route to an 11-0 beating of the Cards.
Todd Frazier, who scored three of the Reds’ runs, went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI to go with his 32nd homer of the year.
In his first at-bat since the 26th of May, Cardinal first baseman Matt Adams singled. Adams recorded the hit in a pinch-hitting role in the ninth inning of Thursday’s 11-0 loss.
Game two of the series was started by Michael Lorenzen and John Lackey. With the score tied at one in the second inning, Ramon Cabrera hit his first MLB home run. Then, in the fourth inning, Greg Garcia retaliated with his second career homer and tied the score at two. Atop of the eighth inning, after Jhonny Peralta reached base via a Eugenio Suarez error, the game was delayed due to rain. Following over an hour delay, the game was ruled suspended until 11:30 AM CT on Saturday, the very next morning. When things continued, Yadier Molina was the first batter up. Pete Kozma entered the game to pinch-run for Peralta. Kozma was caught stealing second base, just prior to Molina striking out. Brandon Moss walked but to no avail because Greg Garcia followed in Yadi’s footsteps. Off of Jonathan Broxton in the bottom of the eighth inning, Adam Duvall hit a two-run homer to give the Reds the advantage. The game would end that way, 4-2, and Chapman earned save number thirty.
Cards’ starting pitcher John Lackey, though receiving a no-decision, threw a game worthy of a win. He allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out ten batters.
The Cardinals activated RHP Matt Belisle off of the 60-day disabled list. Belisle has been out of action since late June, but, in his thirty games prior to the right elbow injury, he posted an even 3.00 ERA through thirty innings. Wait, you ask, the 40-man roster is full–How is Matt now on it? Well…
Cardinals catcher Cody Stanley was suspended for eighty games for testing positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, a performance-enhancing substance that violates Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Stanley, fresh off of a September call-up, was batting .429 with three RBI. It’s Stanley’s second suspension for testing positive for a PED, the first coming in 2012.
The third game was started by Anthony DeSclafani and Lance Lynn. Three straight hits off the bats of Matt Carpenter, Stephen Piscotty, and Jason Heyward in the first gave the Cards an early 1-0 edge. Lance Lynn kept the Reds’ scoreboard empty through four, allowing zero hits. Things unraveled in the fifth, though. Former Cardinal Skip Schumaker made some noise, jacking a three-run bomb. Joey Votto and Tucker Barnhart each drove in a run for good measure. Cincy won the ballgame by a 5-1 score.
The fourth and final game of the series was started by Raisel Iglesias and Michael Wacha. Todd Frazier homered in the second inning and gave his team the lead. With a 2-0 Reds’ lead in the fifth, Kolten Wong singled home Jon Jay. Then, following a sacrifice bunt and a balk, Matt Carpenter singled home Wong from third. Ivan De Jesus Jr. threatened to break the 2-2 tie, but Jason Heyward wouldn’t let that happen. He leaped up into the air and robbed him of a go-ahead homer. The momentum shifted toward the Cardinals, Tommy Pham in particular. Pham scorched a two-run homer in the sixth to give St. Louis a 4-2 advantage. The Cardinals went onto score five more times, twice on a two-run homer from Matt Adams, and won the ballgame by a 9-2 score.
Matt Belisle made a relief appearance in Sunday’s 9-2 win. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning, even though he allowed a walk and hit a batter.
Yadier Molina *finally* threw out Reds’ speedster Billy Hamilton. Hamilton, 25, who was 10-for-10 in previous steal attempts, was bested by the 33-year-old Gold Glove catcher.
The Reds will head out west to play three with the San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals will have Monday off before kicking off a series of three games in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with the Brewers. The Brewers and Ariel Pena will square off against Carlos Martinez and the Cardinals in game one.
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