Game 136 Recap vs Reds
Reds blank Cardinals 4-0, Luis Castillo sets career high with 11 k’s, holding the bats to two hits
Turn the calendar, it’s September 1st, which means rosters will start to expand throughout MLB rosters.
The Cardinals recalled Tyler Webb*, Carson Kelly, and tonight’s starting pitcher, Daniel Poncedeleon from AAA Memphis. Swags Ozuna was also activated from the 10-day DL, sitting on the bench for an extra day, he will probably be in tomorrow afternoon’s lineup.
It looked like a pitchers duel was well underway, as there was one hit through the first 3 full innings, a leadoff single from the leadoff guy himself, Matt Carpenter.
Ponce would throw 39 pitches through his first 3 frames, striking out 4 Reds, retiring the side in order all 3 innings.
But the 4th inning snowballed on Ponce quickly after getting Hamilton to pop out to Carp for the first out. The next 4 Reds reached on hits, 3 being doubles. Peraza doubled to LF, Votto hit an RBI double to RF, Gennett singled to LF, and Suárez drove in 2 with a double into LF, making it 3-0 Reds. After the Suárez double, Schebler would walk, and Ervin would hit a bloop single over DeJong.
Tyson Ross would come in to get the final out of the bases loaded jam, eventually tossing 4.2 innings for the Cardinals bullpen. Ross would deliver a 3-0 count his first batter he faced (Tucker Barnhart), getting Barnhart to swing 3-0, grounding back to Ross who fired to Yadi at the plate, and Yadi then fired it down to Adams at 1B for the inning-ending 1-2-3 double-play.
Tyson Ross would retired the Reds in order in the 5th and 6th innings on 24 pitches, striking out 3 batters along the way.
The Reds added an insurance run in the top of the 7th, getting things started with a leadoff double to RF from Schebler. After Ervin popped out to Adams, Barnhart would hit an RBI single into RF scoring Schebler to make it 4-0.
Ross worked his final inning in the 8th, recording two quick outs on Peraza and Votto. Gennett and Suárez kept the inning alive with back-to-back infield singles. Ross escaped the jam getting Schebler to ground out to Muñoz, ending his day with a fantastic outing from the pen.
The Cards had their best chance to plate some runs with two outs in the bottom of the 8th off Hernandez. Carp would walk after Muñoz and Garcia (pinch-hitting) were retired. Iglesias would come in to work the final 4 outs, walking Yadi to put two runners on for Cafecíto. Cafecíto would offer at a slider in the dirt from Iglesias, striking out to end the threat.
Tyler Webb worked the 9th, getting an inning-ending double-play after Williams lined a ball game to him, catching Barnhart (single) off 1B to double him off.
Iglesias finished the Birds in order to end the evening, striking out O’Neill and Pauly Deez to end the night. With the shutout loss, it is the second such loss in the past three games for the Cardinals. But, looking at the bright side, they can still win their 11th-straight series tomorrow afternoon.
Luke Weaver (7-11, 4.59) gets the ball in the rubber match as he will be matched up against Anthony DeSclafani (7-4, 4.34).
First pitch tomorrow afternoon at 1:15 c/t.
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