Hudson Finds Groove
We are gonna keep this one short and to the point tonight. Dakota Hudson.
Hud would pick up right where Waino left off, working 7 strong innings (7IP, 4 hits, 1ER, 0 bb, 7 k’s, 95 pitches) to save the bullpen for the second straight day.
The bats would get things cooking early for Hud, as Edman and Goldy would knock back-to-back one out doubles off DeSclafani to make it 1-0. But DeSclafani buckled down to strikeout the next two batters with a little help from the home plate umpire, getting Miller and Deez looking at sinkers.
Hud would have his typical early struggles, allowing a couple singles in the 1st inning. Suárez kept up his Cardinal killing ways to drive in the Reds first run, lining a single into CF to score Votto to tie things up 1-1.
The Cardinals would tack on 6 more runs over the next three innings vs DeSclafani:
KoWo would drive in Carp on a two-out single to make it 2-1 in the top of the 2nd, Yadi would drive in Goldy with a sac-fly to Aquino in LF in the 3rd to extend the lead to 3-1, and Pauly Deez delivered the knockout blow with his 1st career grand slam with two outs in the 4th, taking DeSclafani deep to CF (103.7mph exit velocity, 409 feet).
Hudson would zoom thru his evening, here’s a look at his pitches per inning:
(95 pitches, 12 groundouts, 7 k’s)
Gomber, Woodford, and Gallegos would finish the final two innings out of the pen. Gomber would work a clean 8th, retiring the side in order on 15 pitches, getting Galvis to strikeout on a 93mph heater.
Gomber would stay out to begin the 9th, giving up a leadoff single to LF to Votto on the first pitch, forcing Shildt to go to Woodford (pretty weird, but okay).
Woodford would get a strikeout of Castellanos upon coming in, getting him to whiff at a good slider on the outer half of the plate. But Winker (single) and Suárez (3-run bomb to CF) would make Woodford pay and end his evening prematurely, bringing on the closer Gallegos.
Gio would make quick work of the final two batters, getting Moustakas and Aquino to strikeout on filthy sliders. Gio had pinpoint accuracy with the slider, keeping his ERA at a cool 0.00 on the year for his 2nd save.
Goldy would reach base in all 5 of his plate appearances this evening, continuing to be the OBP machine that he is.
KK (1-0, 1.08) gets the ball in game two tomorrow evening, matching up with the veteran, Sonny Gray (5-1, 1.94). Should be a good one. First pitch from GABP set for 5:40pm c/t.