The Cincinnati Reds offense roughed up one of the games best pitcher by scoring a huge number in the first two innings of the game off of Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright as they went on to shutout them 10-0 on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium to avoid being swept.
Reds manger Dusty Baker tinkered with his lineup by moving Brandon Phillips to the second spot and Bruce to the fourth spot. It sure did paid off as Cards starter Wainwright lasted only two innings and only faced 16 batters.
Shin Soo-Choo and Phillips started it with singles before Joey Votto walked to load the bases. Bruce up lined a two run single to center, Ryan Ludwick sent an RBI double to the left field wall. Todd Frazier grounded out to second scoring Bruce in the process, and the Cards had miscue of their own when nobody was covering the bag on a Zack Cozart ground ball to first baseman Allen Craig. Cozart got a hit on that play, next Ludwick scored on a wild pitch while Ryan Hanigan was up. Homer Bailey RBI single to center made it a six run first inning for the Reds. The whole crowd in St Louis was stunned and frankly I know a lot of Reds fans were too.
After that it was very important for Bailey to follow up with a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of 1st which he did as the Reds surprisingly continued to add pressure on Wainwright in the second inning it was great thing to watch out there.
Phillips blooped a singe to right field, followed by another walk by Votto. Bruce was next crushed a 1-2 pitch to the right field seats for a three run home run. It was his 26th homer of the season and had 5 RBI’s in the first two innings of the game and also tied a career high for him.
Wainwright was lifted after the second inning and the Reds didn’t need to score anymore until they did in the ninth inning, when Chris Heisey launched a solo home run to the big mac sign up in left field.
Thanks to some early run support Bailey had it going tonight pitching very comfortably of course. Fina line 7 1/3 IP, 5H, 2BB, 7So on 117 pitches earning his fourth straight win and improving his season overall record to (9-10).
This also ended stretch of 20 games in 20 days for the Reds, who are off today before beginning a three game series in Colorado
. Then will return home to face the Cardinals for four games starting on Labor Day. The win helps Reds stay 3 1/2 games out of first place St Louis .