Cards blast four homers to even split with Reds in Mexico, win 9-5
The Cardinals spotted the Liz King four early runs in the top of the 1st, sending nine to the plate vs Reds starter, Anthony DeSclafani.
Leadoff Guy started things working a walk and Goldy would move him up to 3B with a grounded double thru the middle of the infield. Pauly Deez then lined a comebacker to DeSclafani, who caught Carp in no man’s land between 3B and home for the first out. What made this play worse, Goldy wasn’t able to advance to 3B, but Swags Ozuna made sure none of that mattered.
Ozuna would get a fastball on the inner portion of the plate, sending it the opposite way for a three-run blast to make it 3-0 Cards, his 4th bomb of the year.
(I just want it to be known that I called this HR from Swags today after the dope pic he dropped on IG)
Two batters later, Prince Sex joined the HR party, unloading on a cement mixer breaking pitch, sending it about 430ft to LF to extend the Birds lead to 4-0.
Miles Mikolas looked sharp thru the first four frames, tossing four scoreless, inducing two double plays, striking out two on three hits.
Mik worked back-to-back seven pitch innings to start his afternoon, getting some slick help from that man, KoWo, over at 2B. Wong ranged far to his left on a slow Votto grounder and was able to turn quickly to DeJong covering second, to induce the 4-6-3 DP.
José Iglesias led the bottom of the 3rd inning off with a single into LF, getting stranded at first after Mik retired the next three in order. Winker and Votto going down on strikes to end the inning.
The Cards bats were cold after the 1st, only managing one hit (Pauly Deez double) until the 6th.
And that would hurt. The Reds would make it hurt anyways, tying things up at 4-4 in the bottom of the 5th.
The flood gates opened with a Carp error to begin the inning on a Peraza grounder. Barnhart then singled to bring up Iglesias, who popped out to DeJong.
Michael Lorenzen, who came into relieve DeSclafani in the 5th, doubled to LF to score Peraza to make it 4-1.
Jesse Winker then did what he did last night, take a HR to LF, sending it the opposite way, this time a three-run bomb to even things up 4-4.
5 run 7th
Amir Garrett* would come in from the Reds pen to throw to one batter, the leadoff guy, failing to do his job. Carp joined Winker with the oppo taco shots, sending one barely over the wall in LCF to break the tie at 5-4.
Jared Hughes came sprinting from the pen to relieve Garrett*, recording two quick outs on Goldy and DeJong.
Swags wanted to continue mashing though, absolutely demolishing a Hughes two-seamer to DEEEEEEP LF, his 5th HR of the season, opening it up to a 6-4 Cards lead.
Yadi (single), O’Neill (walk), Fowler (single) worked the bases loaded, forcing David Bell to go to his bullpen again, bringing in lefty, Zach Duke*.
Duke struggled too, walking KoWo on 4 pitches to score Yadi. With Gant’s spot due up and the bases juiced, Shildt opted to go with Cafecíto to try and break this sucker wide open.
Café sent a screamer back thru Duke’s wickets to plate two more, scoring O’Neill and Dex to make it 9-4.
Dominic Leone worked a 1-2-3 bottom half, striking out Ervin (pinch-hitting) and Winker on sliders, following that up by getting Votto to fly out to O’Neill.
Giovanny Gallegos would get the chance to pitch in front of many of his fans today, but it prolly didn’t’t go as he had envisioned. Puig greeted Gallegos on the first pitch, a fastball laid down the pipe, for a solo HR to make it 9-5. Gallegos would get it back, striking out Suárez on a good slider offering.
Andrew Miller and Jordan Hicks would get the final two outs of the inning, Miller getting the first go at things. Kemp singled to CF, Peraza whiffed on a slider, and Casali walked, forcing Shildt to turn to Hicks for a four out save opportunity.
Dietrich would pinch hit, getting drilled by a Hicks slider that came in too far. A few pitches earlier Hicks had him looking foolish on the same exact pitch down by the ankles.
That would load the bases for the final Reds bench bat, Kyle Farmer. Hicks would strand the bases loaded, getting Farmer to ground out sharply to DeJong, who flipped to Wong covering the bag.
Hicks finished business in the 9th, getting Puig to ground into a game ending double play after. Votto single. Puig grounded it to Wong, who fielded it and ran Votto back towards first, tossing it to Goldy to get Puig, as Goldy then fed it to DeJong to tag Votto for the games final out.
Top 3 Plays
3.) KoWo turning three double plays
2.) Bullpen remaining locked in
1.) Ozuna blasting two bombs after posting that badass IG picture
The Cardinals (9-6) head to Milwaukee next to take on the Brewers (10-6) for a three-game series. Dakota Hudson (0-1, 2.79) gets the ball in game-one, matching up with rookie right-hander, Freddy Peralta (1-0, 6.91).
First pitch from Miller Park 6:40pm c/t.