The St. Louis Cardinals are on a roll after sweeping the Braves, but Mother Nature is slowing down the club’s game with the Reds tonight. St. Louis and Cincy are in a rain delay in the sixth with the Reds leading 3-2. The Cards jumped out in front early after Matt Holliday’s two-run single in the third. The Reds responded in the top half of the fourth with a run on an infield single by Jay Bruce. The Reds added another two runs in the sixth as the rain picked up. Jay Bruce came through with an RBI-single and later scored on Jonny Gomes’ single. That’s where we stand now heading into the bottom of the sixth after the rain delay.
Brad Penny’s flawless start took a small hit tonight. It is unlikely he will return after the delay. His final line will be six innings, three runs, five walks, and three strikeouts. The walks were costly and something Penny avoided in his previous starts. The control issues and problems in the sixth may have been affected by the weather, too. Penny still looks strong at the close of the first month and St. Louis is in a good position to make a run for the win coming out of the break.
They’ll get to see the bullpen for four innings and could use the delay to their advantage. The Reds could lose their momentum. It’s always a tough situation that could go either way, but it happens from time to time every season.
Stay tuned for the game’s finish and recap when it finally ends.