When last we met in a 2016 recap, it was September 28. The Reds had defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1, making it twice the Reds had prevailed over the Cardinals in the final week of the season. Sadly, St. Louis missed the postseason by one game.
The more things change, the more the Reds are beating the Cardinals.
Today, Bryan Price’s squad won the series rubber match in a decisive manner, with hitting, pitching and fielding. That’s in contrast to the St. Louis Cardinals who did none of those things. The Reds shut out the Cardinals twice in the series.
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Scott Feldman (34) turned in an excellent start, with 6 strikeouts and 1 walk in 6 innings.
Blake Wood made his third appearance of the season, entering the game in the 7th, with two runners on and no outs. He induced two ground balls to third base and the inning was over. He also pitched the 8th inning, giving up a hit and striking out one. Tony Cingrani pitched the 9th giving up a single and striking out two.
Adam Duvall was the offensive player of the game, with his second home run of the season, two other singles and a walk. Jeff Brantley talked of Duvall’s “easy power” and how the ball “shot out of here.”
The Reds put the game away – or maybe that should be the Cardinals put the game away – in the sixth inning when the good guys scored four runs on three St. Louis errors.
Stuart Turner, the Rule 5 catcher acquired from the Twins, made another outstanding defensive play, fielding a bunt and throwing out Randal Grichuk at third base who had led off the third inning with a double.
Eugenio Suarez had two hits and a walk and started a rally-snuffing double killing with a great defensive play in the seventh. Brantley: “A one hop bullet right at Suarez and he made a phenomenal play.”
Joey Votto added a solo home run and his first walk of the season.
Speaking of walks, Jose Peraza has now gone 88 plate appearances without a walk, including the 67 in spring training. He’s hitting .238/.273/.238 with no extra base hits. That’s an ISO of .000. Peraza entered the game having swung at 47.6% of pitches out of the strike zone (5th worst in the majors) and 64.6% of all pitches (2nd highest in the majors). Concerning, but early.
According to Mark Sheldon, Devin Mesoraco will catch nine innings tomorrow, do that again the next day and the next. Then he’ll be cleared to return to the Reds.