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Kwang-Hyun Kim tossed five shutout innings on Tuesday evening, but the St. Louis Cardinals offense was the top story, scoring 16 runs, seven of which were plated by designated hitter and cleanup man Brad Miller. The Cards blasted the Cincinnati Reds 16-2 at Great American Ball Park Tuesday evening.
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 – St. Louis 16 at Cincinnati 2
Brad Miller’s career night paced the St. Louis Cardinals (14-13) in their 16-2 drubbing of the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday evening. The Cardinals have won the first two of the three-game set at Great American Ballpark.
On paper, the game appeared to become a pitching duel between two starters sporting sub 2.00 ERAs: the Reds’ Sonny Gray and St Louis’ Kwang Hyun Kim. But reality was far different.
The visitors exploded for six first-inning tallies off Gray (L, 5-2), who did not finish the frame. Miller’s bases-loaded double brought Kolten Wong (single) and Tommy Edman (single) across for the first two scores. The double was part of the designated hitter/third baseman’s 4-for-6 effort including two two-run home runs that were four of his career-high seven RBI.
The Cardinals pressured Reds hurlers the rest of the way, scoring in seven of nine innings, while the home team was forced to burn through six pitchers before finally sending a position player to the mound. The offense generated 23 hits in all with six players compiling multi-hit performances: Miller, Wong, Edman, Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong and Andrew Knizner.
Leadoff man Wong went a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, four runs scored and two driven in before being hit on the top of the foot by a pitch in the sixth. (Wong ran the bases but was replaced defensively with his squad up 13-1. He said he was fine after the game.) Edman and Molina had three hits each, the former in seven at bats with a double, a run scored and an RBI while Molina singled three times in six at bats with a run driven in. DeJong and Knizner, a mid-game insertion, had two hits apiece.
Kim (W, 2-0) turned in another noteworthy effort, blanking Cincinnati on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts over five innings. The southpaw also dealt with the delays between innings resulting from St. Louis’ offensive productivity – the first inning’s length was such that it was about 40 minutes from the time Kim finished his warm up until he took the mound for his first pitch. Kim said he kept loose by throwing twice in the batting cage, a routine he had followed before in Korea.
In his first action since being activated off the Injured List due to COVID-19 earlier in the day, reliever Ryan Helsley replaced Kim for the sixth inning. Helsley was understandably rusty, yielding a solo bomb that was one of two hits and a walk permitted.
Tyler Webb pitched a clean seventh, working around two hits and a base-on-balls before handing the ball off to Ryan Meisinger. The 26-year-old issued two free passes in a scoreless eighth, Meisinger’s first action since being recalled last Saturday. Another recent returnee to the pen, Seth Elledge, was touched for a run in the ninth.
The Cubs blew a six-run lead in Pittsburgh, but survived by an 8-7 score in 11 innings. Chicago maintained its three-game NL Central lead over St. Louis as both teams won Tuesday.
Wednesday’s game: at Cincinnati (15-21), 5:40 p.m. CDT, Johan Oviedo (0-1, 3.60) vs. Tyler Mahle (1-1, 3.91), FOX Sports Midwest // KMOX
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