photo: Johan Oviedo via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
Wednesday’s difference was in the ninth, when the St. Louis Cardinals could not break a tie score but the Cincinnati Reds did, walking off a 4-3 victory. Cardinals rookie starter Johan Oviedo yielded three runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 – Cincinnati 4, St. Louis 3
Failure by the St. Louis Cardinals to cash in on a ninth-inning opportunity led to a 4-3 walk-off loss to the Cincinnati Reds (16-21) in the road series finale Wednesday evening. St. Louis (14-14) took the three-game set, two-games-to-one.
The Cards had the sacks jammed with one out but neither Tyler O’Neill nor Lane Thomas were able to convert the opportunity into a lead, as both outfielders struck out swinging.
Free passes came back to bite St. Louis in the bottom of the frame. Giovanny Gallegos (L, 1-1) issued consecutive one-out walks before permitting a single to right that ended the game.
Starter Johan Oviedo took a 3-1 lead into the home half of the fifth, an inning he could not finish. The righty surrendered a two-run home run that was one of three hits and a base-on-balls allowed. Oviedo plunked two batters and fanned five.
Genesis Cabrera secured the final out of the fifth and five more outs, walking two, before both John Gant and Austin Gomber each retired two batters. Cabrera and Gant stranded an inherited runner each.
Brad Miller led off the second with his fifth blast of 2020 to put the visitors up 1-0. It was a short-lived lead, however, as Cincinnati responded with a tally in the bottom of the frame.
Yadier Molina gave the Cardinals their final lead when he opened the fifth with his second long ball of the season, moving him into a 10th-place tie with Johnny Mize on St Louis’ all-time home run list. Kolten Wong doubled home O’Neill (double) later than inning for his squad’s last score.
St. Louis was held to just six hits, with Miller the only player with multiples. The designated hitter went 2-for-3 with a walk and the aforementioned solo shot. Tyler O’Neill (RBI) and Kolten Wong (run scored) doubled. Paul DeJong drew a pair of free passes.
Chicago won Wednesday, with the Cardinals falling to four games behind the Cubs in the National League Central Division.
Thursday’s game: Off
Friday’s game: at Chicago Cubs, 7:15 p.m., RHP Jack Flaherty (2-0, 1.93) vs. RHP Yu Darvish (6-1, 1.47), FOX Sports Midwest // KMOX
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