Jaime Garcia, who earned his way out of the bullpen back to the rotation, retired after his first inning. with two earned runs allowed.
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Shacka-lacka-boom the Cincinnati Reds put-up 22 hits against their hosts, the St. Louis Cardinals, in their 15-2 rout. The Cardinals, in an attempt to stay in the NL Wild Card race, definitely did not look like a team in contention. Cardinals Jaime Garcia, demoted to the bullpen, earning his way back into the rotation after four very solid innings in relief, made the start in last night's game. He was retired after the first inning, giving up two solo home runs for earned runs on four hits to give the Reds their very early lead. Fortunately for the Cardinals, the New York Mets, who hold first place in the race, fell to the Miami Marlins, 7-2. The second place San Francisco Giants did not play last night. Honestly, and in my opinion, I'm not sure which of these three teams really want to go to postseason.
Cardinals Michael Wacha followed J Garcia. Wacha, coming off the DL (shoulder) was placed in the bullpen to keep his pitch count minimal due to his injury situation, went 2.2 IP/1 HR/7 ER/1 SO on nine hits. Controlled pitch count, he spent 60 with 41 strikes thrown. Rookie Luke Weaver followed, also part of the rotation now the bullpen scenario, only went 0.2 IP/1 HR/5 ER/1-BB/1 SO. DeanKiekhefer followed the retired Weaver to close the inning. Rookie Mike Mayers, only one start in his major league career, recalled from Memphis Triple-A to join the September 40 man roster. In relief, he has done much better, and found his redemption, out of the bullpen; however, in his two innings he only allow three hits; but, gave up one earned run to the Reds 15 and last run scored.
The Cardinals faced Reds rookie Tim Adleman had three hitless innings in taking down the side in each. In his fourth, Stephen Piscotty got the Cardinals first hit for a triple in deep right. Yadier Molina breaks into the Reds 10-0 lead with a sac-fly into right to save a shutout.
In Adleman's fifth, Jhonny Peralta connected for a double into deep right. Jedd Gyorko sends the two-seamer up the middle for RBI single to cut the Reds lead to a dozen on the board.
Earlier in the game, Matt Adams gets the "Defensive Play of the Game" with a pop-up second chance catch in the third. The play at least gave Molina something to smile about.
In the seventh, Tommy Pham made a great catch, while Mayers was still on the bump. One of four noted highlights for the Cardinals in last night's debacle.
Adleman went 7 IP/2 ER/4 SO with no walks issued. He spent 85 pitches with throwing 57 strikes for his dominate win. His third this season. The first three pitchers for the Cardinals spent a total of 126, with Mayers adding another 29 in his two innings; however, 22 of those were for strikes. Cardinals bullpen did not get a lot of rest in last night's game. In their last road trip of the season, 5-5, the Cardinals gave up 47 ER. The good news, they have another game tonight to redeem themselves.
Sluggers for the Reds last night, Joey Votto 2-4 AB/1 HR/1 RBI; Adam Duvall 4-6 AB/2 HR/5 RBI; rookieSteve Selsky (.378 BA) 5-5 AB/1 HR/4 RBI; and, Brandon Phillips 4-5 AB/2 RBI.
GAME TWO ~ 7:15 CST
Cardinals Adam Wainwright (12-9/4.57 ERA) will face Reds rookie Robert Stephenson (2-2/5.59 ERA). Wainwright's last stand, against the Colorado Rockies, he went 5.1 IP/3 HR/4 ER/2-BB/4 SO. Even though, the Cardinals came out on top, 10-5. At home he is 6-4/2.92 ERA. However, in his 16.1 IP facing the Reds, he has given up 1 HR/11 ER along with fanning 17. So, which Wainwright shows for tonight's game. After last night's rout, he will looking to right a major train wreck to insure a win. This will be Stephenson's debut facing the Cardinals. Yet another unfamiliar pitcher for St. Louis to face. He is 0-1 on the road, with giving up 2 HR/8 ER in his 6.2 innings for a 10.80 ERA. Lefties have hit him, .281 BA; from the right, a .275 BA.
Matt Carpenter, nursing a sore finger; and, rookie Aledmys Diaz, were not in the line-up last night. Diaz had the day off to be with his family and to pay his respects to his fallen lifetime friend, Marlins Jose Fernandez. I expect both to be on the field tonight. The Cardinals without a doubt, if serious about a postseason berth, must come to Play Ball and play well. They must have the "game-on" mindset in place.
The Mets will play their second game against the Marlins. The Giants begin their series hosting the Colorado Rockies tonight. Six games left to be played. Which two of these three teams will see postseason? None of the three have burned up the win board in the second half this season.