The St. Louis Cardinals got a series win over the Cincinnati Reds to build on their lead in the NL Central.
It was frustrating at times, but the Cardinals did earn a big series win over the Reds. The Cardinals won 13-4 on Monday. The Cardinals lost on Tuesday 5-1. The Cardinals on Wednesday 5-3 in 13 innings.
The Cardinals got a well-deserved day off Thursday as they returned to St. Louis in preparation for a big three-game series against their NL Central rival Chicago Cubs. Even with the Cubs’ 56-75 record that has them in third place in the Central, a series with the Cubs is always a battle for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 76-55 with a 6.5 game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers, who are now 69-61 in second place in the NL Central. The Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and San Diego Padres are tops in the NL Wild Card standings, with the Brewers falling three games back.
This should be an exciting month of baseball with a fine start to the month featuring a three-game set with their long-time rival Cubs on Labor Day weekend.
Now let’s take a look back at the series with the Reds.
Cardinals MVPs go to Wednesday’s pitchers
Jose Quintana started the game Wednesday, pitching in 4-2/3 innings. He gave up seven hits, a walk, and two earned runs. He did strikeout one batter while inducing six swings and misses.
After Quintana, the relief corp held things in check while waiting for their teammates to get some runs across the plate. Jordan Hicks pitched 1-1/3innings, giving up two hits and striking out one.
Giovanny Gallegos pitched 1-2/3 innings, giving up a hit, walking one, and striking out two while inducing a game-high ten swings and misses.
Jojo Romero pitched an inning, giving up one hit and striking out a batter. Ryan Helsley pitched 1-1/3 innings, giving up two walks and striking out two batters.
Andre Pallante earned his 6th victory, pitching three innings as the game went into extra innings. He gave up three hits, three walks, and one earned run while striking out one batter and inducing four swings and misses. Pallante pitched with ice water in his veins and stepped up in a massive moment for his team. It was great to see from a young guy who has been significant for this team since joining the roster out of spring training.