Jose Quintana prolonged his Cardinals report to 9 video games in the beginning of his profession with them in which he allowed two earned runs or fewer. But Saturday night time’s recreation in opposition to Cincinnati was his finest.
The 33-year-old left-hander allowed simply two hits over eight scoreless innings, putting out six and getting 11 ground-ball outs. He needed to be good as a result of fire-balling Hunter Greene, throwing a report 46 pitches a minimum of 100 miles an hour, additionally was blanking the Cardinals.
Quintana, whose outing was his longest since he shut out Milwaukee whereas pitching for the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 24, 2017, received only a pat on the again and inside satisfaction for his efforts as a result of the Cardinals’ offense struck out 16 occasions in opposition to Reds pitching whereas Quintana was on the mound.
But the Cardinals nailed down a doubleheader sweep anyway, shoving throughout the only run of the sport in the 11th inning, treating a sellout crowd of 48,299 to a 1-0 victory.
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Paul Goldschmidt, who had struck out 4 occasions, delivered the only run in the 11th on a grounder to heart fielder Nick Senzel, who was enjoying third in the five-man infield protection with the bases loaded and no one out.
Senzel made a diving cease however his throw dwelling hit Andrew Knizner in the left elbow and rolled away. The Reds protested that Knizner had interfered however to no avail.
With Knizner the automated runner at second, Brendan Donovan walked in opposition to Fernando Cruz, who had began for the Reds the earlier night time. Tommy Edman, sacrificing, beat out a bunt when Cruz hesitated earlier than throwing to first.
The profitable pitcher was Steven Matz, who wasn’t even on the roster in the afternoon however was taken off the injured record when right-hander Jordan Hicks needed to be positioned on the IL with arm fatigue and neck spasms.
The Cardinals had missed an enormous probability in the tenth after they had the bases loaded with one out dealing with a five-man Reds infield. Knizner looped a popup to brief left heart the place shortstop Jose Barrero and left fielder TJ Friedl converged on the ball.
At the final second, Friedl snatched the ball from Barrero and fired dwelling to get Corey Dickerson, who had tagged up.
Greene means go
Greene, the rookie who had three video games in which he threw a minimum of 38 pitches 100 miles an hour or extra — his main league report was 39 — got here off the injured record for Saturday’s second recreation. And he got here out firing.
Greene, who had a proper shoulder pressure, struck out 11 hitters in the primary six innings, routinely throwing 101-102 mph. He already had 35 pitches over 100 mph after three frames and a brand new report 46 after six. Also, in line with Major League Baseball analysis, he grew to become the primary pitcher for the reason that present monitoring system started in 2008 to have 9 strikeouts of a minimum of 101 mph in a recreation. The report had been three.
As a greater barometer, Houston’s Justin Verlander has 9 strikeouts of a minimum of 101 mph — in his profession.
But Quintana volleys
Meanwhile, Quintana was throwing some 9-10 miles an hour slower however netting the identical outcomes.
Quintana gave up only a leadoff double in the second to Donovan Solano over the primary six innings, putting out six and recording 10 different outs on groundouts. He wanted only 69 pitches to get that far and tossed only 104 pitches in eight innings.
The first six innings sailed alongside in 1 hour 33 minutes. Greene, who got here out after the sixth, gave up simply 4 singles, one a bunt by Alec Burleson. He threw 58 strikes out of 81 pitches.
Pujols pinch hits, followers on changeup
Cardinals supervisor Oliver Marmol, with left-hander Reiver Sanmartin in the sport, largely emptied his bench in the seventh. He pinch hit Albert Pujols for Burleson and Pujols, nonetheless at 698 homers, fanned on a changeup. Then, with two outs and no one on, Marmol lifted left-handed-hitting Lars Nootbaar for switch-hitting Dylan Carlson, who additionally fanned.
Pujols didn’t keep in the sport, Carlson did and Ben DeLuzio got here in to play heart area, leaving only right-handed-hitting Paul DeJong and Yadier Molina on the bench and the Reds having no different left-handed relievers.
DeLuzio would make a powerful operating catch earlier than tumbling to the bottom in proper heart to assist out Quintana in the eighth.
Fifty dwelling victories
The Cardinals’ day-game 5-1 triumph was their fiftieth at dwelling this season, tying them with the New York Yankees for essentially the most in the majors. It was their club-record nineteenth win on a Saturday and pushed them a season-high 26 video games over .500.
Yadier Molina drove in two runs along with his fifth homer and scored one other on a bases-loaded stroll as Cincinnati starter Mike Minor walked 5 hitters in the primary two innings.
Pujols did not homer however he did play first base and appeared in his 1,653rd profession group win, tying Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial for fourth on the profession record.
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