After a rain delay that lasted 3:42, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in a game that ended just before primetime programming was about to start.
Apr 3, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) hits a single during the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park. Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart watches at right. The Cardinals won 7-6. Image Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
The series saw two rain delays that never would have happened if they played on Tuesday instead of taking the day off.
Three games into the season, Kolten Wong is looking like the player that he was while developing in the minor leagues as he is hitting .333 in the young season. Matt Adams, who is playing regularly at first base, has a .417 batting average.
Lance Lynn struggled in the first inning but managed to get by for the next four innings. He left the game after allowing eight hits, three runs, one walk, and struck out seven batters. Unfortunately for the Indiana native, all three runs were scored on home runs.
After two consecutive games of fantastic pitching by both teams, the offense finally started to wake up.
The Cardinals got runs on the board in the second inning when Matt Adams singled and Jhonny Peralta knocked him in with a two-run blast to left field.
In the third inning, the Cardinals loaded the bases but couldn’t get any runs across the plate. They had two chances to score but the ball never left the infield.
In the fourth inning, Jon Jay giveth and Jay taketh away. Jay drove in Adams to tie the game but was caught stealing for the second out of the inning.
On a Matt Holliday double in the fifth inning, Kolten Wong scored to give the Cardinals a 4-3 lead. The Cardinals would never lose the lead after this run, even though the Reds scored three more runs in the game.
In the seventh inning, nine Cardinals stepped up to the plate. On what appeared to be a home run from Holliday, the play was reviewed. It would turn out to be a very long single to load the bases. Allen Craig and Yadier Molina would hit RBI singles. A wild pitch from Logan Ondrusek would allow Holliday to score while Jay was batting.
Todd Frazier‘s home run, his second of the game, would give the Reds a one-run deficit in the seventh but the Cardinals would go on to win the game.
The Cardinals now head to Pittsburgh where Shelby Miller will take the start against Gerritt Cole.