This was the rubber game. If the Cards could win, they’d be back to a four game lead, if not , the Reds would only be two out. At the beginning, it didn’t look good as Cincinnati scored two in the bottom of the first. Reds starter Bronson Arrojo had the Cards off balance until the fourth when Carlos Beltran went yard for his team leading fourteenth homerun of the year. Matt Holliday doubled off the left field wall and eventually scored on a double by Yadier Molina. In the fifth, the Reds got to Lance Lynn again to take a 4-2 lead. But the Cards came back again. Jon Jay singled and Matt Adams doubled to deep center. After Shane Robinson pinch ran for Adams, Matty Carp extended his hit streak to 18 games with an rbi single. Beltran scored Robinson with a sac fly. Beltran just missed a homerun on the pitch.
In the seventh, the Reds were threatening again but Seth Maness entered the game and induced a double play on the first pitch to get out of the inning. In comes Trevor Rosenthal and he strikes out the side in the eighth and then pitches a scoreless ninth. The game then went into extra innings. The Cards hadn’t won one yet and you knew they were due.
Allen Craig coaxed a lead off walk. After Molina was retired, David Freese singled to right to extend his hitting streak to 19 games. Up comes Daniel Descalso and he promptly doubled off the left field wall to give the Cards their first lead of the game. Jon Jay was intentionally walked and Pete Kozma struck out pinch hitting. That brought up Matt Carpenter and he delivered a single a left field to give the Cards a 7-3 lead. Beltran then walked and up came Matt Holliday. The Reds brought in a rookie pitcher making his Major League debut and on a 2-2 count, fed Holliday a slider that he deposited 464 feet into the upperdeck in left field for a grand slam. I have to say it was a thing of beauty and I still don’t get tired of it. Kevin Seigrist came in and struck out two of the three batters he faced to nail down the 11-4 win and moved the Cards back four games into first place.
This was a great win. A much needed win. The Cards showed on national television that they are for real and the rest of the league had better watch out. The bullpen was solid again and after a bit of a rough start, the hitting came alive. Lance Lynn didn’t have his best stuff but he kept them in the game. Rosenthal was lights out. He is a horse and more than likely the heir apparent closer. It’s just a matter of when. And Kevin Seigrist looks like a keeper.
Next up, after an off day Monday, they take to new York top face the Mets. Michael Wacha looks to get his first Major League win.