The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
Eugenio Suarez continued with his dingerrific ways on Saturday in the opener of the doubleheader between the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals. While the rain kept him from homering on Friday, Suarez did so yet again - once again in the game’s opening frame - on Saturday, hitting a towering 2-run blast off Cards starter Dakota Hudson in the Top of the 1st, giving the Reds an early lead they would...
Regardless, it was Geno’s 39th blast of the season, and he’s well on his way to bashing his way into the elite portions of the all-time Reds single-season record books. He added a walk, a double, and another run scored, to boot.
- According to the JNMHSotG section, Geno Suarez blasted a 2-run dinger in the Top of the 1st. I’ll take that as evidence that the Reds led, 2-0.
- The Bottom of the 1st, however, went rather horribly. Trevor Bauer allowed a single, threw a wild pitch, walked a guy, allowed another single, and then coughed up back to back doubles, and the Reds were immediately down 4-2.
- Solo homers by Dexter Fowler (Bottom of the 2nd) and Yadier Molina (Bottom of the 3rd) later dented Bauer’s ledger, and the Reds trailed 6-2 when his day finished.
- R.J. Alaniz was summoned for mop-up duty post-Bauer, and he found a way to balk in pinch-runner Harrison Bader in the Bottom of the 6th after Bader was brought on to run for Matt Carpenter after Carp doubled. Reds trailed, 7-2.
- Joel Kuhnel was on the bump for the Reds in the Bottom of the 7th, and he, too, surrendered a run. Kolten Wong singled, swiped 2B, and scored on a subsequent single by Paul Goldschmidt, and the Reds trailed, 8-2.
- Back to back walks issued by Hudson to Joey Votto and Suarez ended the St. Louis starter’s day after he’d retired a pair to start the Top of the 8th. That brought in reliever John Brebbia to face Aristides Aquino, and Aquino greeted him with an RBI single into LF before walking Freddy Galvis to load the bases. That prompted another move to the bullpen, as Giovanny Gallegos was summoned to face Tucker Barnhart, but Tucker replied with a bases-clearing double to make it an 8-6 game.
- Lucas Sims was tasked with the Bottom of the 8th, but after he walked Bader and allowed a single to Tommy Edman, Wong battled him in a 10-pitch PA, eventually doubling to score a pair of runs and sink the Reds to the tune of 10-6.
- Trevor Bauer entered this start having allowed 20 runs - 18 earned - in just 14.1 IP across his last 3 starts. Today, as you’ve already picked up, wasn’t any better. His final line: 4 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K on 84 pitches. Not exactly what David Bell was hoping for given that his Reds are up against 4 games in 2 days and 5 in some 50 total hours this weekend.
- Sonny Gray will start the second half of this doubleheader, which will begin at roughly 7:15 PM ET tonight. St. Louis will counter with Michael Wacha.