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Cards Unravel in the 6th and Lose 4-2 After Webb Allows a Pinch-Hit Grand Slam

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Shildt said “We used who we had available.”

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at St. Louis Cardinals Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

We have been treated to a couple of strange games the past two nights. Last night, the Cards tied the game on a bases loaded balk and a walkoff hit with only two outfielders. Tonight, the Cards outhit the Reds 3-2, but still somehow managed to lose 4-2. Lost in the shuffle was the very nice performance of Dakota Hudson who lasted 4.2 innings, the deepest he has gone in a game this year. Although he walked two, he only allowed 1 hit and struck out six. He had good command of all of his pitches and fooled several batters with tight curveballs in the dirt that started belt-level. Neither club was really able to string together hits. The Cards could only do minimal damage despite receiving 5 free passes and being hit once. And the Reds didn’t do anything with their opportunities until the wacky 6th inning.

Dakota Hudson took the mound for the Cards. Joey Votto grounded a first-pitch inside sinker to Goldschmidt, who was guarding the first base line, for the first out. Nick Castellanos lined a first-pitch low sinker right to Harrison Bader in center field. Jesse Winker sliced an 0-1 low-and-away sinker towards the line in left, but Tyler O’Neill tracked it down to end the inning. Hudson got out of it in 4 pitches, all strikes. Righty Anthony DeSclafani took the hill for the Cards and got Kolten Wong to ground an 0-2 low slider to 2nd to start the bottom of the 1st. Tommy Edman sliced a hanging 3-2 slider to short left that was right to Winker. Paul Goldschmidt grounded a low 1-1 slider up the middle past the glove of the diving Freddy Galvis for a base hit. Matt Carpenter smoked an inside sinker towards right field into the shift, but Galvis, playing in the deep 2nd base position on the outfield grass, jumped up and made a great play to rob him of a hit to end the inning.

Eugenio Suarez fought off an inside 2-0 sinker for a base hit to left to lead off the top of the 2nd. Mike Moustakas struck out swinging at an 0-2 curve in the dirt. Shogo Akiyama grounded an inside 0-2 slider to the right side of the infield. Goldschmidt made a nifty sliding stop to his right and fired to Edman covering the 2nd base bag to get the lead runner. With 2 out and a runner on 1st, Josh VanMeter struck out swinging at a 2-2 curve in the dirt to end the inning. Brad Miller grounded an inside 2-0 change into the shift for Galvis at the deep 2nd base position. Galvis fired to DeSclafani, who covered the first base bag and barely beat Miller for the out. Tyler O’Neill struck out swinging at a 3-2 slider on the outer half. Dexter Fowler grounded a 3-2 inside slider to the right side for Votto, who flipped to DeSclafani, who covered first and beat Fowler to the bag by a step to end the inning.

Galvis shattered his bat on an inside 2-2 sinker and popped the ball up to Wong at 2nd. Tucker Barnhart worked a 3-2 walk on a low-and-in sinker that just barely missed the low-and-inside corner. Votto golfed a low-and-in sinker for a lazy fly to Bader in short left-center. Castellanos walked on 5 pitches with 2 out. It looked like Winker struck out swinging on a 1-2 curve in the dirt, but the home plate umpire made a very late call that Winker fouled it off. That is a non-reviewable play. Winker finally grounded a low-and-away 3-2 curve to the left side of the infield, where Carpenter charged across the diamond and threw him out to end the inning. DeSclafani hung a first-pitch slider to Yadier Molina to start the bottom of the 3rd, but he hit a lazy fly to left. After Harrison Bader worked a 3-2 walk, Wong bunted an up-and-in first-pitch fastball down the 3rd base line for a base hit to move Bader to 2nd. DeSclafani then hit Edman in the back with a 3-0 fastball to load the bases for Goldschmidt, who struck out swinging at a high 1-2 fastball. Carpenter was initially ahead in the count 3-0, and ended up walking on a 3-2 low-and-inside fastball. Bader scored to give the Cards a 1-0 lead. Brad Miller grounded an 0-1 slider to Votto, who flipped to the pitcher for the out, and the Cards unfortunately could do no further damage.

Suarez struck out looking at a 1-2 slider at the bottom of the zone to lead off the top of the 4th. Hudson then hit Moustakas on his back left knee with an 0-1 four-seamer. Akiyama struck out looking at an up-and-in 2-2 four-seamer. VanMeter struck out looking at an 0-2 curve in the dirt to end the inning. O’Neill grounded a first-pitch inside slider right to Suarez at 3rd and almost beat out the throw. Fowler softly lined a 2-2 hanging slider to center for a base hit. With Fowler running, Molina grounded a first-pitch fastball to Suarez at 3rd, and because of the hit-and-run, all the Reds could get was the out at first. Fowler moved to 2nd on the play, but he was stranded there when Bader popped a 1-1 inside fastball to 3rd in foul territory to end the inning.

Galvis chased a low-and-away 3-2 slider that would have been ball 4 and flied it to short left to start the 5th. Barnhart struck out looking at a 1-2 sinker on the inside corner. Shildt had Hudson on a 75-pitch limit, and after that last 74th pitch, he came to the mound and brought in Genesis Cabrera to pitch to the lefty Votto. At 4.2 IP, this was still the deepest that Hudson has pitched into a game so far. Votto struck out on 3 pitches, the final one being a nasty curve that caught the very bottom of the zone. Wong walked on 4 pitches to start the bottom of the 5th. Edman drove a high 2-1 fastball that carried to deep center, but was caught at the track near the wall by Akiyama. After being behind in the count 0-2, Goldschmidt worked a 3-2 walk. Reds manager David Bell had seen enough after 81 pitches and brought in righty Michael Lorenzen to pitch to Carpenter, who walked on 5 pitches to load the bases for Brad Miller. Miller tapped a low-and-away fastball for a high chopper to Moustakas, who made a back-handed flip to Galvis at short for the 4-6 force. Wong scored on the fielder’s choice to extend the Cards’ lead to 2-0. With O’Neill at the plate, Miller stole 2nd base on the 1-1 pitch with no throw. With 2 out and runners now at the corners, O’Neill popped a 3-2 low-and-away slider to Moustakas at 2nd, who was standing near the bag, and the inning was over.

With Cabrera staying in the game in the top of the 6th after getting the final out of the top of the 5th, he now has to face 2 batters at least. Castellanos grounded a low 1-2 curve to 3rd. Winker struck out chasing an up-and-in 3-2 fastball. Cabrera had Suarez down 0-2. Then Suarez drove an outside 3-2 curve to deep center field to the right of dead center at the track. Bader jogged over a bit and got under the ball, but he misjudged it. When he jumped up to try to catch it, the ball bounced off of the left side of his glove. It looked like he lost his bearings with his back close to the wall. Bader threw the ball to the cutoff man Edman, but the ball bounced off of the top of his glove, with the ball rolling forward. Suarez, who was standing on 2nd, stepped off the bag, and decided to run for 3rd. Edman then slid and tried to throw the ball to 3rd at the same time, but basically rolled the ball over to the screen near the Reds dugout. Cabrera backed up the play to stop further damage. Suarez wound up at 3rd with 2 out. Although this was initially ruled a hit and an error, the official scorer changed it to give Bader two errors on the play. The first error was for not catching the ball, and the second was for the high throw to Edman that allowed Suarez to move to 3rd. The throw was high, but in no way uncatchable. Recognizing that, we learned after the game that the scorer changed the ruling again to give the first error to Bader and the second error to Edman. Cabrera got rattled and walked Moustakas on 5 pitches. Righty Phillip Ervin pinch hit for Akiyama and Cabrera hit him on the front leg with a 2-2 fastball to load the bases. Shildt then brought in Tyler Webb to pitch to the lefty VanMeter. Bell countered with righty Matt Davidson, who smoked a low-and-in 2-0 fastball for a grand slam over the bullpen and onto the concourse in left-center. The Reds took a 4-2 lead on Davidson’s 449 foot bomb, which was only the 2nd hit of the night for the Reds.

Galvis softly lined an outside change to right to finally end the inning.

Ervin stayed in the game in the #6 spot to play CF and Davidson stayed in the game as the DH in the #7 spot. Fowler struck out looking at a low 1-2 fastball to lead off the bottom of the 6th. Molina flied a middle-in 3-2 fastball to right. Bader struck out looking at a 1-2 98 mph fastball that just might have nicked the bottom right corner of the zone. Webb is still in the game to pitch to the lefty Barnhart to start the top of the 7th, and Barnhart walked on 5 pitches. The last pitch looked like it caught the bottom of the strike zone, but it was not called. Votto popped an outside slider to 3rd in foul territory, with Carpenter making a running catch. Castellanos blooped a low-and-in slider towards left-center, but Edman made a running catch over his shoulder. Barnhart just back to first base in time to avoid being doubled up. With 2 out, Winker softly lined an inside change to center and end the inning. Righty Tyler Thornburg came out to pitch the bottom of the 7th for the Reds. Travis Jankowski came out to play CF in the #3 spot, with Ervin moving to center and Winker leaving the game. Wong popped an 0-1 high fastball foul to the backstop, where it was caught by Barnhart. Edman flied a center-cut 2-2 fastball to short center. Goldschmidt gave a center-cut fastball a ride to deep left-center, but Jankowski tracked it down near the track.

Jake Woodford came out to pitch the top of the 8th for the Cards. Suarez chopped an outside 2-1 fastball to 3rd. Moustakas struck out swinging at a 2-2 curve in the dirt. Ervin grounded a low-and-away 2-2 fastball to 2nd to end the inning. Lefty Amir Garrett came out for the bottom of the 8th. Carpenter struck out swinging at a 1-2 low-and-away slider. Brad Miller struck out looking at a 1-2 fastball that caught the corner low-and-away. O’Neill grounded an outside 2-2 fastball to Votto at 1st to end the inning. Davidson popped a high-and-outside fastball to Wong on the outfield grass. Galvis softly lined an inside fastball right to Wong. Barnhart flied a 2-2 low slider to right to end the inning. Righty Raisel Iglesias came out to try to close things out for the Reds. Would we be treated to another Iglesias meltdown? Not this time. Fowler struck out swinging at a nasty 0-2 low change. Molina drove a first-pitch low-and-away fastball towards the corner in right, but Castellanos was positioned close and made a running catch for the out. Dylan Carlson pinch hit for Bader and tapped a low-and-away 1-1 change back to the mound to end the game.

Hudson (4 days rest) 4.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO, HBP; Cabrera (1 day rest, top 5, bases empty, ahead 1-0) 1 IP, 0 H, 3 R (all allowed by Webb), 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, HBP; Webb (1 day rest, top 6, 2 out, bases loaded, ahead 2-0) 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR, allowed 3 of 3 inherited runners to score; Woodford (5 days rest, top 8, down 4-2) 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.

ODDS AND ENDS

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