Cardinals vs Reds recap: Cards even series with 6-3 win, Jaime Garcia gets first win.

Andy Lyons

Big nights from Jay, Holliday and Molina carry the offense. Garcia looks like Garcia.

The Set-Up

Jaime Garcia, in his second start after returning from a year-long DL stay, faced off against the Reds Tony Cingrani (2-3, 3.76 ERA, 4.62 FIP, 4.16 xFIP) at the Great American Smallpark. This was Cingrani's second start after returning from the disabled list for left shoulder tendinitis.

According to the Reds game notes, they're in first place! ...but only if the season started on April 13.

This was game two of a quick three-game road trip. The Cardinals will be back at Busch Stadium to continue their 18 of 21 stretch at home on Monday against the Yankees.

The Lineup

Earlier today, Kevin Siegrist was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left forearm strain. Sam Freeman was recalled from Memphis. In other injury news, Keith Butler is likely to have Tommy John surgery.

Mark Ellis and Shane Robinson were started against the lefty Cingrani over Matt Adams and Kolten Wong. Allen Craig moved over to first. This is the second time this week that Adams and Wong have sat against a lefty starter. Could Matheny be moving towards straight-up platoons at 1B and 2B?

Peter Bourjos was a late scratch due to a stomach virus. Jon Jay took over in center field and Suga Shane moved to #2 in the lineup. Because when you can put Shane's .276 OBP and 48 wRC+ in the two hole, you gotta do it.

For the Reds, Brayan Pena started at first again for the disabled Joey Votto. Chris Heisey got the nod in center field and lead off over Billy Hamilton.

The Game

Bullet points!

The FanGraph

Source: FanGraphs

Highest WPA: Martinez .164, Holliday .124, Jay .117

Lowest WPA: Robinson -.117, Craig -.005, Motte .002

The Next Game

The Cardinals wrap things up in Cincinnati tomorrow with Adam Wainwright (7-2, 1.85 ERA, 2.47 FIP, 3.10 xFIP) taking the hill against Mike Leake (2-3, 2.91 ERA, 3.87 FIP, 3.66 xFIP) in yet another appearance on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. First pitch at 7:05 Central.

The Game Notes

Cardinals Game Notes

Reds Game Notes

The Video

Condensed Game -- Video Highlights

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