St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Saturday, September 12, 2020

photo: Dakota Hudson via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Saturday, September 12, 2020 – Cardinals 7, Reds 1

The St. Louis Cardinals blew past the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night in the second contest of the three-game weekend set at Busch Stadium.  The offense took off on the strength of long balls by four different St. Louis hitters, backed by a strong outing from starter Dakota Hudson.

Hudson earned the win, his third of the season, while lowering his 2020 ERA to 2.92.  The right-hander hurled six innings and yielded one run on just one hit.  Hudson fanned four and walked four, including three in the third inning, a jam he evaded with just one run with the help of an inning-ending double play.

Genesis Cabrera went out to relieve Hudson in the seventh, but a fingernail came off before he threw a pitch, which sent him back to the clubhouse.  Tyler Webb followed and tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings, with one hit allowed and two Reds strikeouts.  Andrew Miller got the final two outs of the eighth before Rob Kaminsky pitched a scoreless ninth.

Brad Miller via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Reds took an initial 1-0 lead in the third inning.  Brad Miller led off the Cardinals fourth with a solo shot to deep center field to knot the score.  Paul DeJong drew a walk and Matt Carpenter singled to left center.  Austin Dean followed with a walk to load the bases.  Matt Wieters’ ground out brought DeJong home and the Cardinals led 2-1.

In the bottom of the sixth, the floodgates opened for St. Louis.  Carpenter thumped his team’s second long ball, this one to right center, to increase the lead to 3-1.  Dean walked and Wieters was hit by a pitch.  With two on, Harrison Bader blasted an on the black outside fastball over the right center field wall for the back-breaking three-run home run.  Two batters and an unassisted double play later, Paul Goldschmidt sent the fourth St. Louis long ball into their bullpen in right field.  The Cardinals led 7-1 and kept that lead until the end.

Austin Dean via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In his first start, left fielder Dean reached four times on a double and a trio of free passes. Tommy Edman and Carpenter had two hits apiece. Bader plated three. Edman and Kolten Wong each stole a base. It was Edman’s second of the season and Wong’s third.

The Cardinals remain three games back of the Cubs after Chicago came back to defeat the Brewers, 4-2.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Reds at 1:15 p.m., Carlos Martinez (0-2, 12.27) vs. Tyler Mahle (1-2, 3.89), FOX Sports Midwest/KMOX/WIJR

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