Zach Calder – 23 Sports

The Cardinals lost two of three to the Reds this weekend en route to becoming .500 on the season at 20-20. This series also wrapped up the Cardinals season series with the Reds with the Cardinals winning six games to four. After Sunday’s slate of games the Cardinals sit as the 6th seed in the NL playoffs with the Milwaukee Brewers two games behind them.

Friday, the Reds took game one of the series as they won 3-1 in nine innings. The Reds were led by a complete game by starting pitcher Luis Castillo who gave up two hits, one earned run, three walks and six strikeouts. Offensively, they were led by first baseman Joey Votto who hit a two-run home run in the top of the first. The Cardinals one run came on an RBI groundout in the bottom of the second by Matt Carpenter. This game made the Cardinals 19-19 on the year.

The Cardinals took game two of the series as they beat the Reds 7-1. They were led by a strong six-inning one-run performance by Dakota Hudson. The Cards offense exploded in the sixth inning with five runs off of three home runs. The Cardinals had a total of four home runs in the game with long balls from Brad Miller, Matt Carpenter, Harrison Bader and Paul Goldschmidt. This light show from the Cardinals helped them secure game two of the three game series, and forced a rubber match in game three.

The Reds bats would carry them to victory in game three as they won 10-5 over the Redbirds. After having a 5-3 lead after 5 innings, the wheels fell off for the Cardinals as the Reds scored seven unanswered to end the game. The Reds were led offensively by Eugenio Suarez, and Aristides Aquino. Both players had a home run and two RBI’s in the game. The Reds also got a strong game from their bullpen who pitched 6.1 innings and gave up two earned runs over those frames. This game would make the Cardinals 20-20 on the year. 

 

Players of the series: 

Reds-

Eugenio Suarez: 5-13, 1 Home Run, 3 Runs Batted In

Luis Castillo: 9 Innings Pitched, 2 Hits, 1 Earned Run, 6 Strikeouts

 

Cardinals-

Matt Carpenter: 4-10, 1 Home Run, 3 Runs Batted In, 1 Walk

Harrison Bader: 2-6, 1 Home Run, 4 Runs Batted In, 2 Walks

 

The Cardinals will be kicking off a 5 game series with the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee starting this afternoon at 4:10pm.

The Reds will be heading back to Cincinnati for a 4 game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates starting this afternoon at 3:10pm.

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