It was supposed to be home sweet home for the Cincinnati Reds well it turned into home not sweet home as the St Louis Cardinals fresh off scoring 13 runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates the other night scored 13 again last night in a 13-3 rout over the Reds on Friday Night at Great American Ballpark to start off a three game weekend set.
Bronson Arroyo was on the mound for the Reds and if you follow the Reds he will have his great starts and his worst last night was best describe as a bad outing. In the first inning Carlos Beltran double to left with one out then Allen Craig singled to right putting runners on 1st and 3rd with one out. Matt Holiday worked a walked and with the bases loaded David Freese hit a shot to center over the head of Shin Soo Choo for a three run double and a 3-0 Cards lead. They weren’t done Daniel Descalsco who had two solo homeruns in the game with two outs brought Freese home to make it 4-0.
The Cardinals offense continued to put up runs in such innings scored one in the second, four in the fifth, three in the sixth and one more in the seventh. Final line for Arroyo 3 2/3 innings pitched, eight hits allowed, seven earned runs , one wallk and five strikeouts. The loss put his season overall record to 9-9.
The Reds offense as it been for the last two months didn’t do much against Cards starter Shelley Miller his first 7 of his 9 outs he recorded was via the strikeout. Joey Votto hit a three run homerun in the sixth his 17th of the season only one of the two things the fans cheered tonight they got free pizza as Reds pitching staff struck out 13 batters which in this type of game is irrelevant.
With the loss the Reds have lost 6 of their last 7 games and still trail the Pirates by 5.5 games for first in the NL Central who lost tonight the Cardinals are now half game out of first. Tonight’s pitching matchup will be Tony Cingrani for the Reds coming off his best start as a red last time off he will be oppose by Jake Westbrook of the Cardinals. First pitch is at 7:10pm.