Don’t let anyone fool you, this is a big series with Cincinnati. The Reds had to sweep just to tie and the chances of that were slim and now after a resounding 9-2 Cards win, impossible. Adam Wainwright wants to win a Cy Young Award and he continues to to show why he’s deserving. He went seven very strong innings, striking out seven, walking one and giving up just two runs. He is a bulldog when he’s on that mound, mixing his pitches and changing the speeds of his curveball. There aren’t very many better than him right now. With his ninth win of the season, he’s on pace to win twenty-three. Can he keep it up? We’ll see. Randy Choate and Trevor Rosenthal pitched scoreless innings to seal the win. Even if the Reds win the last two, they’re still two games out, but I don’t see that happening.
A day after banging out seventeen hits against the D-Backs, they banged out out sixteen more on the Reds. David Freese’s rbi single in the third extended his hitting streak to seventeen games. Jon Jay followed with a two run single to make it 3-0 after three. In the sixth they jumped on for four more runs, highlighted by Pete Kozma’s two-run double. Matt Carpenter extended his hitting streak to sixteen games with an rbi single. Allen Craig had also extended his hitting streak to twelve games earlier. The Cards added runs in the seventh and eighth innings and almost added more in the ninth. Right now the Cards are going with the scorched-earth theory of hitting. What’s scary is they’re capable of doing this every game. Among their sixteen hits were seven doubles, two by Matt Holliday who seems to be getting hot as well.
Next is Tyler Lyons going after his third win as the Cards try to knock the Reds even further back.