Reds put together comeback effort, win 5-2, after Waino no-hits them thru 5.1, Cards (1-12) with RISP
What’s up fam? Bear with me over these next couple of recaps during the Mexico series. My dudes @cardinalsgifs and @NChill17 are enjoyin’ life this weekend, so I have no cool gifs to bring to you, but this game was crap anyways, so who cares?
Let me reiterate, it was crap once the bottom of the 6th inning rolled around.
Waino = bueno
This game couldn’t have went any smoother for Waino, other than the offense maybe giving him some offensive support. Waino was brilliant tonight, putting on a show for the crowd at Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey, 16,886 packed in strong.
Before Waino got the ball this evening, the Cards would waste away their first golden opportunity of the game, stranding Carp at 3B after a leadoff triple. Well, a “triple” anyways. David Bell and the Reds would play a four-man outfield against Carp all game, shifting three infielders to the right-side as well.
Leadoff guy started the game with a bloop pop in no man’s land in shallow LF, beating the shift in the most insane way possible, dropping the ball between Winker and Iglesias to begin the game.
Unfortunately, Carp would be stranded there, as Roark retired the next three in order, striking out Goldy on a slider, and getting Deez and Swags to fly out to Puig in RF.
Waino started his excellent night of work picking up two k’s right away, getting Winker and Puig on sinkers at 90 and 89mph, Waino kept the sinker in the 89-91mph range throughout his start. KoWo even made a nice play on Votto for the second out of the inning, ranging far to his left, as Waino covered the bag perfectly at 1B.
The Cardinals plated their first of two runs in the top of the 2nd, getting the inning rolling with a Dex double to the RCF gap after Yadi got robbed by Votto on a liner to 1B (this seemed to be a reoccurring theme tonight). KoWo was then drilled by a pitch from Roark, bringing in Harry Bader, who was caught looking at a heater.
Waino decided to take matters into his own hands, driving in Dex with an rbi single to LF, bouncing between Suárez and Iglesias to extend things to Carp.
Roark would end the inning there, getting Carp to fly out to Winker.
Waino found his groove on the bump, retiring twelve out of the next fourteen he faced, the only two he didn’t retire reaching on walks (Schebler and Suárez). Six of the outs would be via the ground ball, as Waino mixed in two 1-2-3 innings, getting a little help from Goldy to end the 4th. Goldy would snag a sharp liner off the bat of Schebler, going to the bag himself for the 3U.
Waino picked up his third k of the night to end things in the bottom of the 5th, getting Iglesias swinging at a sinker.
The bats were silent during this no-no attempt from Waino, getting only two hits vs Roark thru the 3rd-5th innings. Goldy led off the 3rd with a singe to CF, but Roark turned around and struck out DeJong, then proceeded to get Ozuna on an inning ending double play ball, 5-4-3 on the putout.
They even tried to spark up some two out magic in the top half of the 5th, as Carp worked a two out walk to bring in Goldy, who ripped his second single of the game to the outfield.
Tanner Roark and his great self-defense ended the two out rally, snagging a comebacker off the bat of Pauly Deez. All I can say is, thank goodness Roark caught this baseball, because that would’ve been awful.
Reds spark comeback
The Cardinals would strand the bases juiced in the 6th, as Swags Ozuna ripped a leadoff ground-rule double over the LF wall. Yadi was up next, getting robbed for the second time by Votto, ripping a liner down his way. The third time Yadi lined out this game, sheesh.
The left-hander, Amir Garrett, was called upon after the line out, getting Fowler from the right-side and KoWo. Dex would strikeout looking at a fastball, but Ozuna would take 3B during the at bat, forcing Garrett to balk apparently as he left 2B early. KoWo was next, as he would be hit by a pitch, his second of the game and third in as many games. He is slowly becoming Jon Jay, isn’t he?
With Harry up to bat, KoWo would swipe his 4th base of the season, and after Bader worked the count full, Garrett would intentionally put him on to load the bases for Waino.
Garrett won the battle, striking out Waino swinging on a slider offering, his second punch-out of the outing, stranding the bases juiced.
Waino opened the 6th inning vs Peraza (first at bat), taking over for Iglesias as a defensive replacement at SS, striking him out looking at a fastball to turn things over to the top of the order in Winker.
Winker would take Waino oppo taco for a solo shot to tie the game 1-1. Votto kept the line moving, lacing a double down the RF line to bring in Puig. Puig would pop out to KoWo for the second time, expect this time was a pretty tough play ranging deep into the outfield grass in shallow RF. Waino would hit Suárez with a pitch to put two runners on for Schebler, looking to do damage. Waino kept things knotted up, getting Schebler to ground out to KoWo to take things to the 7th.
The top of the Cards order was due up to begin the 7th, getting set down 1-2-3 vs Garrett and Hughes. That was all the Reds needed, as they grabbed the lead in the bottom half, never looking back.
Shildt rolled the dice, keeping Waino in for his 7th inning of work, and the move didn’t’ pay off how Shildt had hoped. Dietrich led the inning off, breaking the tie, with a solo HR to RF to give the Reds a 2-1 advantage.
Brebbs would relieve Waino, getting 3 outs on 4 pitches (3 fly outs) to end the inning.
David Hernandez would be tasked with the 8th inning for the Reds pen, getting Ozuna to fly out to RF and Yadi would show off his wheels, beating out an infield single lined off of Hernandez ankle. The liner would take Hernandez out of the game, bringing in former Cardinal, left-hander, Zach Duke*.
With Fowler’s spot up, Shildt would pinch-hit to counter Bell’s move, going with Cafecíto. But Duke would win the battle, ending the inning on a 6-4-3 double play ball.
Tyler Webb* and Mike Mayers would work the 8th inning for the Cards pen. Webb would get pinch-hitter, Phillip Ervin, to start the inning, giving up a leadoff triple to the newly recalled 26th man for the series. Bader nearly caught this ball on the RCF warning track, sprinting a loooooooong way to slide and get a glove on it, as Cafecíto seemed to be nowhere close. Bader even delivered a canon back into 3B, almost getting Ervin at 3B on the attempt. Webb walked Votto next to put runners on the corners.
Mayers would get the call next, getting two quick outs on Puig (liner to Bader) and Suárez (strikeout looking at fastball), to make it look like the game was staying at a one run contest heading into the 9th. But that didn’t happen.
Scott Schebler and Derek Dietrich collected back-to-back hits, Schebler an rbi single to score Ervin and Dietrich and two-run double to score Votto and Schebler to make it a 5-1 Reds lead.
KoWo led off the 9th vs Zach Duke with an oppo taco shot himself to LF, his 4th of the year to make it a 5-2 Reds lead now.
Raisel Iglesias would be summoned from the pen next, walking Bader upon entering, bringing up Prince Sex O’Neill (first at bat), who would strikeout on the first changeup offering from Iglesias.
Leadoff Guy was next, battling against that four-man outfield, dropping in a single in front of Schebler to put runners on the corners for Goldy.
Goldy would fly out to Puig in RF, and Danny Mac got us all excited for nothing (I hate when this happens). Iglesias picked up save number two, getting Deez to pop out to Dietrich to end the game with a 5-2 Reds win.
Top 3 Plays
3.) Waino drives in first run of the game off Roark in the 2nd to make it 1-0 Cards
2.) Waino tossing 5.1 no-hit innings
1.) Dietrich HR off Waino in the 7th to give Reds 2-1 lead; Dietrich two-run double to extend Reds lead to 5-1 in 8th
With the loss, the Reds snap a Cardinals five-game winning streak, turning things over to the Lizard King tomorrow afternoon. Mikolas (1-1, 6.19) looks to give the Cards a series split in Mexico as he battles against Anthony DeSclafani (0-1, 6.75). First pitch from Monterrey, 3:10pm c/t.