Austin Gomber labored his 1st inning of work this evening, giving up 4-consecutive singles after retiring Hamilton to being the night. Peraza, Votto, Suárez, Gennett collected the singles to make it 2-0 Reds. Big G stranded Suárez and Gennett, striking out Ervin on a fastball and getting Schebler to fly out to Café.
Christian Bale worked a 10-pitch 1st inning, giving up a two-out single to Cafecíto before striking out Adams.
Big G worked around a leadoff single from Barnhart to open up the 2nd, getting sacrificed to 2B on a bunt from Christian Bale, known in a past life as Homer Bailey. Big G then induced two pop outs to end the inning on Hamilton and Peraza.
The Cardinals worked some of that devil magic in the bottom of the 2nd, taking the lead, plating 4 runs with 2 outs (go figure). After Harry grounded into a 6-4 fielder’s choice for the second out, Muñoz would single into LF to bring in Gomber, and Big G surprised us all, including Billy Hamilton. Gomber helped himself out smacking a two-run double over the shallow-positioned Hamilton in CF, tying the game at 2-2. A batter later, the Leadoff Guy made Bale pay for not protecting Gotham, sending a two-run blast to the RF corner, his league-leading 35th of the year.
Gomber settled in nicely over the next 5 innings, scattering 5 base-hits, surrendering no runs before giving way to Cec-Daddy in the 8th.
The Cardinals opened the game wide open in the bottom of the 3rd, scoring 3 more runs to extended their lead to 7-2. Cafecíto (2-2, 3 walks) and Big City began the inning with back-to-back singles. After O’Neill struck out, Pauly Deez delivered a huge blow, sending a three-run shot to LF.
Gomber worked around some trouble in the 4th and 5th innings, stranding 3 runners.
Schebler and Barnhart would begin the 4th with back-to-back singles, getting sacrificed over by Bale to bring in the top of the order. Hamilton would ground a ball to Carp at 3B, who fired to Yadi to get Schebler breaking for home.
Gomber would give up a leadoff single to Votto to open the 5th, inducing two fielder’s choices on Suárez and Gennett, ending the inning on pitch number 7 getting Ervin to fly out.
Big G worked around a leadoff double from Schebler to begin frame 6, retiring the next three in order. Gomber ended the inning on his 9th pitch, getting Hamilton to pop out to Pauly Deez for the second time this evening.
Gomber ended his evening after tossing his first 1-2-3 inning of the night in the 7th, striking out Votto looking at a beautiful bender.
Big G’s final line: (7IP, 10 hits, 2r/2er, 0 bb, 3 k’s, 96 pitches)
The Reds made things a bit interesting in the top of the 8th, bringing things within 2 runs.
Cecil would come in to face 2 LHHs and one SH, giving up a leadoff walk to Gennett to begin things. Ervin then grounded out to Carp, moving Gennett to 2B. Schebler then sent a Russell Branyan like shot to deep RF off Cecil, another left handed bat he was unable to get out.
Shildt would let Cecil get the switch hitting Barnhart, serving up a walk to force Shildt’s hand.
Jordan Hicks would come in to try and work out of the sticky situation. Williams (pinch-hitting) would greet Hicks slapping a single to LF, bringing in Spider-Man, Billy Hamilton. Hamilton chopped an infield single to Muñoz to load the bases for Peraza. Peraza would hit a sac-fly to Harry to make it 7-5. Votto then worked a walk to load the bases again for another force, Suárez. Hicks would win the battle, getting a dangerous RBI man to ground out to Muñoz to strand the bases loaded. Tight cheeks syndrome relieved.
The Cardinals officially ended this game in the bottom of the 8th, adding 5 more runs to their total. Patrick the Wiz opened the inning pinch-hitting for Hicks, sending a solo HR down the RF line off Stephens, keeping it fair by inches. Carp then bunted for a single against the shift, Yadi bunted into a 3-6 fielder’s choice, Cafecíto walked, Garcia (pinch-hitting) grounded out to Stephens, and Prince then walked to load ‘em up.
Pauly Deez wanted to pick up his 5th RBI of the night, lining a two-run double to RF. After Harry was hit by a pitch, Muñoz drove in two more with a two-run single.
Brandon Dixon came in to record the final out of the inning, saving innings for the Reds pen the rest of the weekend. Dixon was firing 61 mph fastballs, getting Wiz to fly out to RF.
Dominic Leone threw his third scoreless outing since coming off the DL 08/26. Gennett opened the 9th with a single to CF, but Leone retired the next three in-a-row on 12 pitches to end the game for a Cardinals 12-5 winner!
Daniel Poncedeleon (0-0, 2.08) will be called up tomorrow to make the start against Luis Castillo (7-11, 5.07), seeking the 11th-straight series win.
First pitch 6:15 c/t.
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