After getting blown out in the first game of the series last night to the St Louis Cardinals the Reds needed a bounce back performance and they were able to winning 8-3 over the Cards on Saturday night at Great American BallPark
Reds starter Tony Cingrani was on the mound and he struggled in the first allowed a lead off walk to Jon Jay then Carlos Beltran doubled to center scoring Jay and it was already 1-0 Cards right off the gate. Cingrani was able to get out of the inning with only allowing that run.
In the bottom inning Reds offense got a key hit in the game to set them up for the rest of the night. With one out Chris Heisey singled to left, Joey Votto worked a walk then Brandon Phillips ground out to third putting the runners at 2nd and 3rd, Jay Bruce was intentionally walked. So with the bases loaded and two outs up step in Jack Hannahan and he delivered with a two run single to center off Cards starter Jake Westbrook to give the Reds a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth with two outs Zack Cozart worked a two out walk and then Devin Mesorco hit a two run homerun to left his 7th to make it 4-1.
Fifth inning the Reds put up another run Votto walked then Phillips doubled to center scoring Votto and a 5-1 Reds advantage.
In the top of sixth Cingrani ran into trouble Matt Holliday double to left to lead off the inning, David Freese walked then Daniel Descalso single to center making it bases loaded for the Cards with no outs. Dusty came out to get Cingrani in favor of Alfredo Simon he got Rob Johnson to ground into to a fielders choice to second as Phillips made another dazzling play flipping the ball with his glove to get the out at second. They scored on the play to cut it to 5-2.
Manny Parra came in for Simon he got Matt Carpenter to ground out to second another run scored to make it 5-3. He eventually got pinch hitter Brock Peterson to strike out to get out of the inning. Final line for Cingrani 5.0 IP, 4H, 3ER, 5BB and 7 SO he does get the victory improving his record to 5-1 on the season.
In the bottom of the eighth offense added breathing room for the team Mesoraco homered for the second time tonight leading off the inning his 8th of the season and a 6-3 lead. Todd Frazier walked then Shin Soo Choo hit a two run homerun to the moon deck at right his 15th of the season to make it 8-3.
Aroldis Chapman came on for the ninth pitching a scorless inning while getting two strike outs. With the win Reds are 4-7 against the Cardinals this season and still remain 5.5 games out of first place Pittsburgh Pirates who won tonight. Tomorrow pitching matchup is a good one for the finale of the three game set it will be Mike Leake for the Reds and Lance Lynn for the Cardinals. First pitch is at 1:10pm.