Reds vs. Cardinals – Game Recap – September 17, 2022

ST. LOUIS — — Yadier Molina hit a two-run drive whereas Albert Pujols went hitless in his quest for 700 homers, and the St. Louis Cardinals swept a doubleheader from the Cincinnati Reds 5-1 and 1-0 in 11 innings on Saturday.

Pujols began at first base within the opener and hit second for the primary time this season. He went 0 for 3 with two walks in his first two plate appearances. The bought-out crowd of 46,678 loudly booed each walks.

He pinch hit and struck out within the second recreation.

St. Louis supervisor Oliver Marmol stated taking part in Pujols so continuously is a no-brainer regardless of his age of 42.

“When you place a profitable lineup on the market, he is in it,” Marmol stated. “It’s not a matter of whether or not we’re dealing with a lefty or a righty. He’s in there as a result of he is doing a pleasant job in opposition to everyone. It’s only a matter now of resting him to ensure he is contemporary.”

Pujols hit profession homer No. 698 throughout Friday night time’s 6-5 victory over Cincinnati. He is hitting .317 (45 for 142) with 15 homers and 35 RBI in 48 video games since July 10.

Tommy Edman had three hits within the opener for the NL Central-leading Cardinals. Paul Goldschmidt and Brendan Donovan every drove in a run.

The doubleheader was scheduled after a July 17 rainout. It was the sixth doubleheader for the Cardinals this season, and No. 5 for the Reds.

St. Louis gained the night time recreation when Andrew Knizner scored on a throwing error by heart fielder Nick Senzel, who was taking part in third base in a 5-man infield.

“I caught it, and he established his lane,” Senzel stated. “It was clearly in my method of attempting to throw it residence. I attempted to provide myself a little bit room to throw it, and I attempted to make a great throw, and it simply hit him.”

St. Louis starter José Quintana allowed two hits, hit a batter, and struck out six in eight innings. St. Louis has gone 8-1 in his 9 begins since buying him from Pittsburgh on Aug. 1.

“It’s wonderful,” Quintana stated of that success. “For positive each begin I need to win, however I feel we get higher emotions if the staff will get the W.”

Steven Matz (5-3) pitched the eleventh in his first look since spraining his left knee in a begin at Cincinnati in late July. Hector Cruz (0-1) was the loser.

St. Louis (87-60) elevated its NL Central result in eight video games over second-place Milwaukee.

TJ Friedl hit an RBI double within the seventh to account for Cincinnati’s solely run within the opener. Mike Minor (4-12) issued 5 walks in three innings and was charged with 5 runs and 5 hits.

“I used to be combating my management,” Minor stated. “I simply could not throw the place I wished to. I used to be attempting to throw strikes however clearly I could not. If you’ll be able to’t throw a strike, it is robust to get guys out.”

The lowly Reds misplaced for the eighth time in 9 video games.

“I believed we hit some balls exhausting however their protection made some good performs within the outfield,” Cincinnati supervisor David Bell stated.

St. Louis proper-hander Dakota Hudson (8-7) pitched a profession-excessive eight innings of six-hit ball in his first large league begin since Aug. 30

“That’s what we have been searching for all yr,” Marmol stated. “Super environment friendly. Overall, that is precisely what we have been ready for. Legit outing.”

Hudson was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Sept. 5.

“I’ve been attempting all yr to get able to assist us win,” Hudson stated. “I needed to have that psychological speak with myself and say that is what we will do. The 4-hour drive to Memphis is an ideal time for it. As a lot as I hated it and it did make me offended, possibly it is going to assist me flip the web page.”

The Cardinals jumped in entrance with two runs within the second. Edman singled in Donovan, and Goldschmidt drove in Molina with a bases-loaded stroll. It was the Reds’ 14th bases-loaded stroll this season, second-most in MLB.

Molina hit his fifth homer within the third, a drive to left that capped a 3-run inning.

“I gave him a (batting follow) fastball,” Minor stated. “I may have hit that one out.”

It was Molina’s third homer in September.

“He’s carried out a pleasant job,” Marmol stated. “His method is what it must be. He’s utilizing the entire discipline. He’s choosing his spots to do injury.”

STAN THE MAN & PUJOLS

Pujols made his 1,653rd and 1,654th appearances in a staff win, shifting previous Stan Musial (1941-63) for fourth in MLB historical past. Pujols’ two walks gave him 999 with the Cardinals and 1,369 general.

SATURDAY AT THE PARK

St. Louis is an MLB-greatest 19-6 (.760) on Saturday this season (9-3 at residence), its most profitable day of the week. With the win, the Cardinals established a single-season franchise document for Saturday victories, surpassing the 1962 (18-11) and 2014 (18-9) golf equipment.

ROSTER MOVES

Reds: RHP Raynel Espinal was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. … RHP Kyle Dowdy was recalled from the taxi squad to function the twenty ninth participant for the doubleheader. He pitched 4 scoreless innings in his second large league look of the season.

Cardinals: Before Saturday’s first recreation, Hudson was added because the twenty ninth participant for the doubleheader.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: RHP Hunter Greene (proper shoulder pressure) was reinstated from the 15-day injured record. He was slated to start out the second recreation. … RHP Graham Ashcraft (proper biceps soreness) is about for a second rehab outing for Triple-A Louisville on Monday.

Cardinals: OF Dylan Carlson (left thumb sprain) got here off the ten-day injured record and began in heart discipline. … OF Tyler O’Neill (left hamstring pressure) was positioned on the ten-day IL.

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Luis Cessa (3-3, 5.25 ERA) shall be making his sixth begin since shifting into the beginning rotation on Aug. 22

Cardinals: LHP Jordan Montgomery (8-4, 3.20 ERA) is scheduled to make his second profession begin in opposition to the Reds and first since July 25, 2017, as a member of the New York Yankees.

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