photo: Carlos Martinez via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
Sunday, September 13, 2020 – St. Louis 5 vs. Cincinnati 10
The St. Louis Cardinals’ failure to hold two separate leads resulted in a 10-5 home loss to the Cincinnati Reds in the rubber game of the three-game series, held Sunday afternoon.
Facing five games in three days just ahead, St. Louis (20-20) needed to minimize the number of pitchers used. The contest did not play out that way, however, as the home team was forced to send seven hurlers to the mound, all of whom were scored upon.
Starter Carlos Martinez fanned eight over four innings but surrendered three tallies on six hits and two walks. His final stat line was inflated by left fielder Austin Dean’s failure to catch a routine fly ball for what would be the last out in the third and left St Louis up 3-1. Instead, the third finished with the score knotted at 3-3. (Dean departed after four innings with right elbow discomfort.)
St. Louis reclaimed a 5-3 lead with four consecutive singles in the home fifth but the bullpen allowed Cincinnati (21-26) to score in each of the next four frames. Genesis Cabrera tossed a clean fifth but got the hook after issuing a lead off free pass in the sixth. That runner crossed home plate under Alex Reyes’ watch after the righty gave up two singles.
Reyes retired three batters, his final out recorded just prior to a seventh-inning base-on-balls that brought John Gant into the game. Gant (L, 0-3) lasted just one batter, yielding a single before exiting with what was subsequently termed “right groin soreness, status day-to-day”.
Pitching for his second straight day, Andrew Miller (BS, 1) had trouble finding the strike zone. The right-hander plunked his initial batter, leaving nowhere to put his next hitter when he walked him. That free pass brought Reyes’ final runner across home and soon, Gant’s runner scored via a wild pitch. A 5-3 ground out brought in another runner, this one charged to Miller.
Jake Woodford pitched the eighth during which he served up a two-out home run. Nabil Crismatt tossed the ninth, permitting a single and bomb to his first two batters.
Cardinals pitching fanned 14 Reds, but also yielded three home runs, walked five, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.
Matt Carpenter was the sole Cardinal with more than one of his squad’s eight hits, singling and doubling in four at bats, touching home twice and driving in one. Designated hitter Brad Miller was issued three free passes but was stranded each time. Paul DeJong accounted for two tallies, going 0-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and one knocked in via a sacrifice fly.
On Sunday, the Cubs routed the Brewers 12-0 on a no-hitter by Alec Mills. In the process, Chicago increased its division lead over the Cardinals to four games.
St. Louis heads out on a very challenging 10-day, 13-game road trip to Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Kansas City.
Monday’s games: doubleheader at Milwaukee (20-24). Game 1 – 4:10 p.m. CDT, Kwang Hyun Kim (2-0, 0.83) vs. Josh Lindblom (1-3, 6.06) // Game 2 (make up of August 1 postponement) – 45 minutes after Game 1 finish, Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-3, 7.47) vs. Corbin Burnes (3-0, 1.99) FOX Sports Midwest/KMOX
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