photo: Kwang-Hyun Kim via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
Behind the pitching of Kwang-Hyun Kim and hitting of Harrison Bader and Tommy Edman, the St. Louis Cardinals blanked the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 at Busch Stadium on Saturday evening.
In the third of the four-game weekend series, the St. Louis Cardinals bounced back from a heartbreaking loss in Game 2 to blank the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 at Busch Stadium Saturday evening.
Starter Kwang-Hyun Kim earned his first major league win, saying it was something he dreamed of from when he was a child, and the “dream came true.” The left-hander hurled six scoreless innings, allowed only three hits, and struck out three. Only one Reds batter reached second base in Kim’s six strong innings. The left hander threw 83 pitches, 55 for strikes.
John Gant tossed a scoreless seventh. He allowed no hits and walked one. Andrew Miller started the eighth and faced three batters. The left hander generated a double play, yielded a hit and walked a batter. Giovanny Gallegos secured the final out of the eighth and also covered the ninth. The right-hander allowed no runs, no hits, and struck out one to earn his first save of the season.
The Redbirds offense got on the board in the second with two runs scored. It began with a bloop double to shallow right by Harrison Bader, who hustled to second. Kolten Wong followed with a bloop single to left, with Bader advancing to third and Wong ending up on second on an ill-advised throw home. Tommy Edman singled on a line drive to left field to plate both runners.
In the fifth, Bader hit a solo hone run to right field to increase the lead to 3-0. Bader went 2-for-3 on the night and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits. Edman drove in two. The offense had seven hits in total.
This game went at a quick pace, ending 2 hours and 15 minutes after the first pitch.
The Cardinals improved to 8-8 on the season, three games behind the Cubs. St. Louis is 2-1 on the current homestand and series and 6-5 since their return.
Sunday’s game: vs. Reds at 1:15 p.m. RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-2, 6.15) vs. RHP Tyler Mahle (0-0, 3.38). FOX Sports Midwest/KMOX/WIJR/Cardinals Radio Network.
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