Cincinnati Reds vs. St Louis Cardinals: Live Score, Analysis of Rivalry Battle
The season series is tied 2-2, and the winner of this game could move ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates atop the NL Central. The Reds have won back-to-back games on the road for the first time all season, but the Cardinals have dropped their past three home games.
Right-hander Bronson Arroyo (2-2, 4.24 ERA) will get the ball for the Reds, and southpaw Jaime Garcia (2-1, 2.89 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Cardinals.
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Final: St. Louis 2 - Cincinnati 1
Winning pitcher: Jaime Garcia (3-1)
Losing pitcher: Bronson Arroyo (2-3)
Save: Edward Mujica (5)
Final score from Busch Stadium:
St. Louis 2 - Cincinnati 1
Preview to Wednesday's rubber match:
Cincinnati: Homer Bailey (1-2, 2.81 ERA)
St. Louis: Lance Lynn (4-0, 3.10 ERA)
After cruising through the first four innings of his last start in St. Louis, Homer Bailey allowed seven runs in the next 1+ inning. In 31 innings other than the fifth and sixth in that game, the right-hander has allowed a total of three runs. However, he has gotten very little support. The Reds have given him a grand total of two runs (while he has been in the game) in his last four starts.
The Cardinals are looking to take the rubber match of this series, and they will give the ball to Lance Lynn. He has allowed only one run on three hits in 14 innings in his previous two starts.
Stars of the Game:
1. Jaime Garcia: 8 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 3 K
2. Matt Holliday: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI
3. Bronson Arroyo: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R
It's tough to go against the guy who hit the game-winning home run, but Garcia was phenomenal. He pitched around runners all night, but he got the job done. He moves to 7-0 against the Reds at Busch Stadium. Arroyo left a hanger to Holliday, but he matched Garcia otherwise.
St. Louis moves into a tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates atop the division for the moment. The Pirates and Brewers are tied at 8 in the sixth.
Mujica strikes out the heart of the order.
St. Louis 2 - Cincinnati 1
Phillips goes down on a pitch in the dirt as well. Two outs. Jay Bruce is Cincinnati's last hope.
Votto swings at a pitch in the dirt on a full count to start the inning. A walk there would have made it very interesting.
Stunning news: Edward Mujica comes in to replace Garcia for the ninth. With Votto and Bruce due up this inning, why take out the southpaw?
Holliday grounds into the inning-ending double play, which is his second of the night. However, he has the game-winning home run as of now.
If St. Louis holds on, they will have won the game without having an at-bat with a runner in scoring position.
Pitching change: Right-hander Sam LeCure relieves Bronson Arroyo in the eighth.
Scoreboard watching in April. Pirates are trailing 7-5 in the sixth at Miller Park. Winner of this game would move ahead of the Pirates atop the NL Central if that score holds.
Or they can go down in order for the second straight inning. Garcia throws nine pitches in the eighth and is at 93 through eight. Trevor Rosenthal is warming up, but there is zero chance that Garcia doesn't start the inning.
Arroyo goes seven innings without a strikeout.
The Reds need to work the count with Garcia in this inning. If they have any chance at a comeback, they need to get to the bullpen.
Great outing for Arroyo. 78 pitches in seven innings, but he made the big mistake to Holliday. He exits the game trailing 2-1. What a shame for Cincinnati to waste an outing like this.
Man, for a guy throwing as many strikes as Arroyo, you would think the ump wouldn't be squeezing him at this point in the game. A pair of pitches, including one down the middle get called balls. The right-hander retires the batter anyways.
At only 83 pitches through seven innings, Garcia should be able to the distance (assuming he doesn't implode). He has to remember how the bullpen allowed nine in the ninth in his last start against the Reds, and he wants to finish the job this time around.
Arroyo's only at 64 through six, but this will likely be his last inning. He's due up to start the eighth.
Heck of a play by Garcia. Frazier hits the ball off the glove of the pitcher, and Garcia whipped it to first to beat the runner by a half-step.
Just like the last start here at Busch Stadium for Arroyo: He breezes through five, but the Cards get to him in the sixth to take the lead.
Reds fans should be worried. Garcia has never lost to the Reds at home, and he has shut the Reds down when runners have gotten on.
SCORE UPDATE: Cardinals fans, you're welcome. There's the jinx. Holliday with a two-run shot to left.
St. Louis 2 - Cincinnati 1
With Bruce batting, Phillips goes on Garcia's first move and gets picked. Phillips got in a lengthy rundown and almost made it to second. Phillips argued with the ump trying to get an interference call or tell the ump the glove never touched him. He has a valid argument. Replay doesn't show the glove touching Phillips.
The argument gets the fans riled up.
Garcia gets Votto to ground out to start the sixth. For the first time since the first, the Reds don't get the leadoff man on. However, Dat Dude BP singles up the middle and sends Garcia back to the stretch.
Arroyo doesn't blink after the Reds get him a run. He's at 50 pitches through five. Last time against the Cardinals, he was perfect through five. The wheels came off in the sixth, so let's see how he does this time around.
Garcia is at 61 through five innings after throwing 19 pitches in the fifth. After Choo's double, the southpaw battled back from a 3-0 count on Cozart to end the inning.
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