Good, bad, and ugly of the Cardinals’ series win over Reds

Miranda Remaklus
St. Louis Cardinals closing pitcher Andre Pallante (53) throws a pitch against the Cincinnati Reds during the 13th inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
St. Louis Cardinals closing pitcher Andre Pallante (53) throws a pitch against the Cincinnati Reds during the 13th inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports /
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CINCINNATI, OHIO – AUGUST 29: Miles Mikolas #39 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on August 29, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO – AUGUST 29: Miles Mikolas #39 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on August 29, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Bad moments for the Cardinals in the series win

Miles Mikolas

Mikolas had another frustrating outing for the Cardinals, getting a no-decision for his 4.1 innings of work. He gave up six hits, a walk, and four earned runs, including three home runs in the bottom of the fifth inning from T.J. Friedl, Stuart Fairchild, and Chuckie Robinson.

Mikolas did strike out three while inducing seven swings and misses, but he did not have his best game Monday. Hopefully, he will shake this off and return stronger in his next outing.

Chris Stratton earned the victory for the Cardinals, his seventh of the year, in his 1.2 innings of work. He walked two and struck out two. Zack Thompson pitched two innings of work, giving up a walk and striking out two batters. He did induce five swings and misses.

Jake Woodford pitched the game’s final inning, giving up a hit.

Dakota Hudson

Hudson is now 7-7 on the season after Tuesday’s losing effort. He pitched 4.2 innings, giving up nine hits, a walk, and a home run to former Cardinal Austin Romine. Hudson gave up a total of five earned runs. Hudson struck out two batters while inducing five swings and misses. Jake Woodford came in to relieve Hudson, but not soon enough.

Woodford pitched 3.1 innings, giving up two hits while striking out two batters and inducing five swings and misses.

RISP

Leaving runners in scoring position was a massive problem for the Cardinals in this series. With a line-up as loaded as the Cardinals is, it is frustrating to see this happen.

Even with their huge win Monday, the team was only 5-for-9 with runners in scoring position, leaving six on the base path.

The team was 0-for-two with runners in scoring position on Tuesday, having left four on base. Tyler O’Neill grounded in a double play. O’Neill and Molina were each left in scoring position.

On Wednesday, the Cardinals were an atrocious 0-for-17 with runners in scoring position. Paul Goldschmidt was left in scoring position with two outs on three occasions in the game. They left 13 teammates on the basepath in total.  Nolan Arenado and Dylan Carlson each grounded into double plays.

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