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This weekend, the Reds hosted the Cardinals at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio for a three-game series, accounting for the teams’ second-to-last meeting of the 2016 season.
Prior to Friday’s series opener, the Cardinals activated first baseman Matt Adams off the 15-day disabled list. Adams had been out since August 11 with left shoulder inflammation.
Game One: Reds 3, Cardinals 2 — WP: Raisel Iglesias (2-1) LP: Seung Hwan Oh (4-3)
On the strength of a run-scoring base hit in the bottom of the ninth, the Reds took Friday night’s series opener from the Cardinals by a 3-2 final score.
With the bases loaded for the third time in as many innings, Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez lined a single up the middle to plate the game-winning tally for the Reds off Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh, accounting for Suarez’ first career walk-off hit and Oh’s third loss in five decisions this season.
After logging five scoreless frames, Cardinals starter Alex Reyes was tagged for two runs in the sixth, his final inning, as the Reds tied the game at two runs apiece and broke what would prove to be the Cardinals’ only lead of the evening.
The Cardinals’ two runs both came on solo home runs, including Yadier Molina’s sixth of the season and Randal Grichuk’s 20th.
Game Two: Reds 9, Cardinals 1 — WP: Dan Straily (11-7) LP: Jaime Garcia (10-11)
A disastrous frame from a Cardinals’ perspective, the Reds’ five runs in the eighth inning of Saturday’s contest capped off a 9-1 series-clinching victory for Cincinnati.
The Reds entered the second-to-last inning with a 4-1 lead, one that snowballed into a 9-1 lead by inning’s end, thanks to four walks and three hits, including a two-run single off the bat of Jose Peraza and a two-run double courtesy of Tucker Barnhart.
The Cardinals’ lone run of the game came in the first inning off Reds starter Dan Straily, as Jedd Gyorko teed off for his 25 home run of the season.
Before the series-concluding game on Sunday, the Cardinals made several transactions: the activation of catcher Brayan Pena off the 15-day DL, the transfer of reliever Seth Maness to the 60-day DL, purchase and promotion of catcher Carson Kelly from Triple-A Memphis, and a designation of assignment for infielder Dean Anna.
Game Three: Cardinals 5, Reds 2 — WP: Carlos Martinez (13-7) LP: Tim Adleman (2-3) SV: Seung Hwan Oh (15)
Backed by yet another quality start from starter Carlos Martinez, the Cardinals took Sunday’s series finale at Great American Ball Park from the Reds, 5-2, to avoid the series sweep.
For Martinez, who turned in six innings of two-run ball on Sunday, he has now logged seven quality starts over his last eleven outings, during which he has recorded 70 of his team-leading 143 punchouts. As for his team’s offense, the Cardinals continued their long-ball ways with two big flies, as Randal Grichuk belted a two-run shot in the second and Kolten Wong went yard for the fourth time in the fifth inning.
The Reds plated their lone two runs in the eighth inning, less than a full inning removed from when the Cardinals extended their lead to 5-0, thanks in part to some defensive miscues on behalf of the Cincinnati defense. RBI hits from Ivan De Jesus and Tyler Holt put the Reds on the board and ended Martinez’ day but ultimately proved to be of no avail.
Cardinals: The Cardinals will continue their roadtrip with a three-game series against the Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. That series will begin on Monday afternoon.
Reds: Beginning on Monday afternoon, the Reds will welcome the New York Mets to Cincy for a three games.