The Reds ended the series in St. Louis with a 4-0 win. They redeemed themselves after yesterday’s embarrassing loss, going up 4 runs and losing the game 7-5. This was a big win for the Reds, as they have an off day tomorrow and host the Tampa Bay Rays during the weekend. The Redlegs are happy to be done with this series and road trip, and hope to pick things up on Friday where they left off. This win was a combined effort, between pitching and hitting, but the star was the speedy Billy Hamilton.
The Reds combined 10 hits and held the Cardinals to just 4. Hamilton had 3 hits, including a triple, 2 stolen bases and scored twice, one on a very shallow fly ball and tagged from third to score. Phillips had 2 hits and 1 RBI. Votto and Bruce were hitless again. Votto’s first at bat he struck out, but looking at the replay of the strike 3 call, the ball was a few inches outside, but still a strikeout nonetheless. Votto left 4 on base, not what you want to see for the 3 hole hitter. Bruce got a lucky RBI with Hamilton’s speed at 3rd.
Todd Frazier didn’t get a hit, Heisey got 2 hits and so did Mesoraco. Devin Mesoraco came off the DL two days ago, and got 2 doubles yesterday and a home run today. He was ready to go, that’s for sure. The shortstop, Santiago, got a hit and left 3 on base. Mike Leake and pinch hitter Bernadina didn’t get a hit. Leake tried to bunt with 2 strikes and fouled it back for an out. Odd call by Price, especially since Leake is one of the leagues best hitting pitchers.
Speaking of Mike Leake, he was spectacular today. 8 innings pitched, allowed 4 hits, 1 walk and struck out 3. His record is now 1-1 and has a 2.45 ERA so far. Manny Parra was perfect in the 9th, not allowing a runner to reach base. Billy Hamilton and Devin Mesoraco stole the show today, and spoiled the Cardinals’ hopes for a sweep against their rivals. I’ll be at the game on Friday, so hopefully I’ll see a win, with Cueto matching up against David Price. Maybe Cueto will get some run support this time. Until then, go Reds!