A Big Difference The Cardinals scored eight times fewer runs than the Reds on Friday, tying their worst-ever seasonal differential: Match Result Cards Opp. Diff. June 6 vs. MIA Loss 3 11.-8. June 15 vs. CHC Loss 5 13 -8 Jun 21 at MIL Loss 3 11 -8 Friday Vs. CIN loss 1 9 -8
The Cardinals had done better this week than a quarter of their wins against the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox and almost no losses. This season they were 9-0 against the Reds and until Wednesday they were 3-0 against the White Sox. But now these teams are beating back against the mobbers.
After White Sox overturned the Cardinals in the last game of their series in Chicago, the not-so-unlucky Reds played at Busch Stadium on the same Friday. After a 2-0 win against Carlos Martinez, who was again in the front row, the Reds achieved a 9-1 victory, which was mainly achieved against a ragged Cardinals Bullpen. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bullpen turned four hitless innings.
Cincinnati is now 2-9 against the Cardinals as the franchise scored its 1,000th win against St. Louis since 1900. The Reds, still in the National League Central Division, are 39-37 since April 19, when management dismissed manager Bryan Price and replaced him with longtime Cardinal Minor League star Jim Riggleman.
For comparison, the Cardinals are 37-37 since that date. More importantly, since June 16, the Reds are 17-7 while the Cardinals are 11-13.
"Although we had these crazy stats against them," Jose Martinez told the Cardinals, "I knew they'd beat us once, this is still a Major League baseball team, it's not like we're going to take them for granted and think they will not be anyone, they have a good team. "
In at least one game in each of the last four homes, the Cardinals have lost by seven or more runs, and their home record has dropped to 23-23 (their street mark is 24-22).
Another comparison that does not flatter the Cardinals: Cincinnati had seven doubles, three from All-Star Eugenio Suarez and two home runs on Friday. The Cardinals had neither, although Reds midfield player Billy Hamilton, who climbed the wall, reached far beyond the barrier to grab Matt Carpenter's two-drive in seventh. Hamilton, out of whack when he came back into the atmosphere, fell back to the floor, but held the ball as Carpenter buckled his helmet down and much of the remainder of a sell-out house of 45,891 had its collective mouth open.
The fans may have opened their mouths earlier, but yawned at the lack of productivity of the Cardinals, who only had Carlos Martinez's second-rate infield single after the first one. The Cardinals have scored only seven goals in their last two games.
"It's just frustrating that we were unable to play what we think we could," Carpenter said.
"It's something you do not like, you want to play well at home and win games at home, and if you have ugly games like this, it's not good."
Martinez (6-5), who had failed to run in the first inning of his previous start, strayed to his habits much of the season as he posted a two- and two-on-two from Jesse Winker, who had tricked three runs.
Jose Peraza chose the inning and Joey Votto went out with two. Martinez beat scooters Gennett and Suarez in the inning, but not second-year Winker, who is five against nine against Martinez in his career and won the 3-2.
"They made a lot of contact at 3: 2," said Martinez, who quit after five innings and 89 pitches. "In this situation I just tried to make him swing because I did not want to get him involved early in the game.
"(Winker) was good today, I say that was a good place, but he made good contact."
The Cardinals' first half halved the gap when Yadier Molina, who celebrated his 36th birthday, sent Paul DeJong, who defeated an infield, home and set up Marcell Ozuna's Club Leading 73rd Single.
Gennett then hit a first pitch curveball 420 feet to the right center for his 16th Homer to start the third of the Reds. "That was not so bad," Matheny said. "He has just been ambushed."
"I believe in myself," said Martinez. "Next time, I'll be better."
Matheny thought Martinez seemed ready to throw his fastball as high as 97 mph at the start of the game instead of saving it for later.
"He tried to be cautious with certain people and he has collected many important points," Matheny said. "He had 50 places in two innings, they let him work pretty hard, which put us in a tight spot and his pitch got up pretty fast."
The Cardinals placed two runners in sixth as Matt Harvey (5-5) yielded to Jared Hughes. The third out came on a strong ground by Tommy Pham, whose last breakout stretched to 17 atbats before being knocked out with a double switch.
Luke Gregerson and Tyler Lyons, both on the disabled list on Friday, were unharmed by the Cincinnati Sixth when Lyon's Gennett fanned out for eleven with five strikeouts against Lyon.
But Suarez doubled Lyon in the seventh and scored in a Winker goal. Sam Tuivailala could not stop Tucker Barnhart and gave Adam Duvall the third goal by Jedd Gyorko. But that was not the worst. Pinch hitter Dilson Herrera then sent a two-run pinch homer to complete a five-run inning. It was the first Pinch hit homer to be allowed by the Cardinals this season.
Although the result was one-sided, Matheny claims that his players come every day as if it's the last one we'll play.
"Overall, you see some positive things, but we had enough negatives that put us in a hole today that we could not work our way out of."
Hamilton was one of those disadvantages. Not only did he take Carpenter's home-bake with him, but he also wiped the Cardinal off with a double victory with a slide fastener in the first round.
"That was a pretty remarkable catch," Carpenter said. "It was a great game, no doubt.
"Every time I kick a ball I do not feel good about it, this is the third time in my career – there were two" sure "homers and one that I thought would be a homer The ball I hit in the gap in the first inning is 90% twice as long.
"He's just a great defender, I wish he played second base."