October 18, 2021

Votto homers on his birthday, Reds score late to beat the Cardinals – redlegnation.com


Joey Votto and Eugenio Suárez homered early and Jose Barrero made his offensive presence known in the 9th as he drove in the go-ahead run and scored an additional one as the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Friday night.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (75-67)
4 6 1
St. Louis Cardinals (71-69)
2 5 0
W: Lorenzen (1-2) L: McFarland (3-1) SV: Givens (7)
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The Offense

After a quick 1st inning, Cincinnati got on the board in the 2nd inning on a 452-foot solo homer by Eugenio Suárez that landed way back into the left-center seats. Two innings later it was Joey Votto celebrating his birthday in style as he hit a wall scraper homer – his 30th of the year – that put the Reds up 2-0.

After going scoreless from the 5th through the 8th innings, the Reds and Cardinals were still tied up at 2-2 to begin the 9th. Eugenio Suárez led off the inning with a single against the shift and was pinch-run for by Shogo Akiyama. Aristides Aquino then hit a ball about 1 foot and Yadier Molina fired down to second base to complete the force out. Jose Barrero came up and fell behind 0-2 before taking three straight balls to push a full count. On the 6th pitch he crushed a go-ahead double into left-center, scoring Aquino from 1st, and he took 3rd base on the throw home. Delino DeShields then hit a chopper up the middle and Barrero broke home and slid in head first to just beat the throw from shortstop Paul DeJong as the Reds extended their lead to 4-2. That was all they would need to seal the win.

The Pitching

After holding the Cardinals scoreless through the first three innings, Tyler Mahle ran into problems in the 4th. He walked Nolan Arenado on four pitches to lead off the inning and then served up a game tying 2-run homer to Yadier Molina. The next inning was the exact opposite as Mahle needed five entire pitches to record three outs. The righty only needed eight pitches to get through the 6th, too, as he kept the game tied up at 2-2. After 96 pitches, that was all for Mahle as he finished with six strikeouts and two runs on four hits and two walks in 6.0 innings.

Lucas Sims took over to begin the 7th inning and he struck out the side on 14 pitches to send the game to the 8th, still tied up at 2-2. Michael Lorenzen had to work around an error by Jose Barrero, but did just that and kept the game tied up.

After watching the Reds take a 4-2 lead in the top of the 9th inning Mychal Givens cmae out for the bottom of the frame. He struck Yadier Molina out on three pitches to begin the inning before Dylan Carlson singled into left field to bring the tying run to the plate for St. Louis. Paul DeJong hit a high, but shallow fly ball into left for the second out of the inning. Harrison Bader stepped into the batters box as the last hope for the Cardinals, but Givens wasn’t having it as he fanned him to end the game.

Notes Worth Noting

Joey Votto was the 2nd oldest Reds player to homer on his birthday since 1901. Only Bob Thurman was older when he homered on his 40th birthday. Another note: Votto still bangs.

Jose Barrero put four balls in play at 100+ MPH on the day.

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