|St. Louis Cardinals (65-57)
|Cincinnati Reds (58-65)
|W: Flaherty (7-6) L: Wood (1-2) SV: Martinez (14)|
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The Reds comeback fell just short as the Cardinals took advantage of Alex Wood in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings to barely hold on for a 5-4 win on Sunday.
The Reds grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning when Eugenio Suarez clobbered a 417-foot home run. But they wouldn’t get back on the scoreboard again until the 7th inning. At that time they were down 5-1 and hoping to rally. Jose Iglesias and Kyle Farmer both had singles to start the inning. After a strikeout, Nick Senzel walked to load the bases. With Josh VanMeter due up, the Cardinals brought in Andrew Miller, leading David Bell to counter by pinch hitting Jose Peraza. We don’t know how it would have played out with VanMeter hitting instead, but Peraza walked on five pitches and brought in a run to make it 5-2. That brought Eugenio Suarez to the plate, and on a 1-0 count he line a ball down the line, but it was just foul. On the next pitch he grounded into an inning ending double play.
After a quiet 8th inning the Reds got things moving in the bottom of the 9th. Jose Iglesias doubled off of the wall in right-center and moved to third base on a Kyle Farmer single into center field. That brought the tying run to the plate in Tucker Barnhart. The Reds catcher dropped a single into right field to bring in 2 runs and make it a 5-4 game. Michael Lorenzen came on to pinch run for Barnhart at first, but a fly out was followed up by back-to-back strikeouts to end the game.
The home run plagued Alex Wood again this afternoon as he allowed two of them, leading to 4 earned runs and 5 total runs allowed in 5.0 innings. He walked a batter, and allowed 8 total hits in the game, while striking out 6 batters before turning the game over to the bullpen.
Rookie reliever Joel Kuhnel pitched 2.0 hitless inning in the 6th and 7th, walking a batter and striking out a batter, holding the game at 5-1. He handed the ball off to Kevin Gausman for the next 2.0 innings, which were also hitless. Gausman didn’t allow a runner, and he struck out all 6 batters he faced, giving the fans free pizza in the process. In the top of the 9th inning he struck out the side on 9 pitches.
Notes Worth Noting
Aristides Aquino didn’t homer, and that feels noteworthy every time that it doesn’t happen. He did walk twice in the game – his first 2-walk game of his short Major League career.
Kevin Gausman’s immaculate inning was the first by a Red since 2017.
Jose Iglesias extended his hitting streak to 13 games, which is easily the longest of the season for any single Reds player.
From our friends over at RedReporter:
I think the Reds are 16-32 in day games this year, though admittedly my eyes began to roll back in my head about half-way through sorting that out
— Red Reporter (@redreporter) August 18, 2019
Unfortunately, Red Report had an accounting error. They didn’t count today’s loss. The Reds are now 16-33 in day games.
Up Next for the Cincinnati Reds
San Diego Padres vs Cincinnati Reds
Monday August 19th, 7:10pm ET
Eric Lauer (6-8, 4.55 ERA) vs. Trevor Bauer (10-9, 4.12 ERA)