St. Louis Cardinals split first two games with Cincinnati Reds

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The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds have split the first two games of the weekend series at Great American Ballpark. The Cards took Friday’s game with a 13-3 crushing victory while the Reds got revenge on Saturday with a 8-3 win over the Cards.
Aug 1, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig (21) hits a two run double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. Image Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Friday’s game showed that the Thursday win was no fluke and that the Cardinals offense was back. The Cardinals scored 13 times on 14 hits. There were two bases loaded walks to Matt Holliday and David Freese that led to runs in the 4-run fourth inning.

Shelby Miller started for the Cardinals and his only mistake of the night came in the 6th inning when he gave up a 3-run home run to Joey Votto. Miller pitched 5 innings on the night before getting pulled after facing 4 batters in the 6th inning. He allowed 5 hits, 3 runs, walked 3, and struck out 8 batters.

Both Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig were perfect at the plate, going 3 for 3 on the night. Beltran scored 4 times on the evening but it was a night of 3’s for Craig. In 3 at bats, he had 3 hits, scored 3 times, and delivered 3 RBIs on the night. Craig hit his 11th home run of the season in the 5th inning. It was a 2-run blast off of Reds reliever Chad Partch.

Freese only had one hit on the night but it was a big one. His 17th double of the season in the first inning cleared the bases to put the Cards on board with a 3-0 lead. Freese would score on Jon Jay‘s single in the inning.

Daniel Descalso led off the 5th inning with a home run off of Partch. It was the first home run by a Cardinal not named Yadier Molina since the middle of July. Descalso would later hit another solo shot in the 7th inning when Logan Ondrusek entered the game.

The Cards lit up Partch for 5 runs on 3 hits in 1.1 innings. Partch walked 4 and allowed 3 hits after replacing Reds starter Bronson Arroyo in the 4th inning with 2 outs. Arroyo allowed 8 hits, 7 runs, walked 1, and struck out 5 batters on a 84-pitch evening.