photo: Adam Wainwright via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
The St. Louis Cardinals fell to the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 in the first of a three-game weekend series at Busch Stadium Friday evening. St. Louis’ offense was stymied by the pitching of Reds starter Luis Castillo, managing only one run on two hits.
The lone Redbirds run scored in the second inning. Brad Miller drew a leadoff walk and Paul DeJong followed with a double to left. Matt Carpenter drove in Miller from third on a ground out to first base. The only other hit by a Cardinal batter was a single by Kolten Wong. Cardinal hitters struck out six times and drew three walks.
Pitching with an extra day of rest, Adam Wainwright made the start for the Cardinals. On a night the right-hander lacked his best stuff, the 39-year old tossed six innings and gave up three runs on eight hits. He struck out four and walked two. On the 15th anniversary of his MLB debut, Wainwright threw 99 pitches, 63 for strikes.
Seth Elledge contributed a scoreless seventh. Tyler Webb and Nabil Crismatt followed with a clean inning each. Wainwright took the loss, his first of the season after four wins.
The game was played in a crisp 2 hours and 24 minutes.
The Cardinals remain three games back of the Cubs with the Chicago’s 1-0 walk-off loss to the Brewers.
Saturday’s game: vs. Reds at 7:15 p.m. RHP Dakota Hudson (2-2, 3.19) vs. RHP Tejay Antoine (0-1, 2.49), FOX Sports Midwest/KMOX/WIJR
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