Kyle Farmer and Joey Votto both had three hits to lead the offense coming from behind multiple times throughout the game. Tyler Mahle threw a shaky but ultimately serviceable five innings, and after the first man out of the bullpen, the rest combined for four shutout innings.
The Reds got on the board quickly in the first. With a walk to open the inning, Jonathan India has reached base safely in 14 consecutive games where he has an at-bat. With one out, Tyler Stephenson flared a single to right-center, and Joey Votto followed with a ripped double down the first baseline to score both Stephenson and India to take the lead.
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— Bally Sports Cincinnati (@BallySportsCIN) July 23, 2021
While threatening in the second and third innings advancing runners into scoring position with two outs, the Reds were not able to push anything across. Kyle Farmer bucked that trend in the fourth with a one-out line-drive home run right over the left-field fence (106 mph 365 feet) to get the lead back 3-2.
*extreme Dr. Evil voice*
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 24, 2021
India kept his night going with a single to left and Jesse Winker followed with a double down the line. However, India was unable to score being held at third base and a Stephenson flyout to center ended the inning.
Down 5-3, the Reds came back again in the bottom of the seventh. Stephenson opened the inning waiting on a curveball and shooting it through the right side of the infield for a single. Votto followed with a 103 mph line drive to right field for a single, moving Stephenson to third. Eugenio Suarez came to the plate and pulled a groundball down the left-field line for a double, scoring Stephenson and moving Votto to third. A wild pitch scored Votto to tie the game 5-5 and moved Suarez to third. Aristides Aquino hit a ball to right field that Suarez attempted to tag up and score on. Carlson came up throwing and beat Suarez by a step or two in a play that was not all that close to ultimately end the threat.
Tied in the bottom of the eighth, Kyle Farmer singled through the left side for his third hit of the game. Tucker Barnhart grounded a ball back to the pitcher, but Giovanny Gallegos rushed and threw the ball away leaving men at first and second with no outs. After an India flyout and a Winker walk loaded the bases with one out, Stephenson drove a fly ball deep enough to score Farmer from third giving the Reds a 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the ninth.
Tyler Mahle had his ups and downs but ultimately went five innings with five strikeouts, four walks, and two solo home runs. Mahle’s fastball was tagged for both home runs as the decrease in spin rate and movement continues to be a point of concern. In the end, Mahle left a 3-2 lead after making some big pitches to get himself out of a jam in the fifth.
Mahle opened the game by striking out Dylan Carlson with a great mix of fastballs and splitters. Then Paul Goldschmidt stepped to the plate and destroyed a baseball to the upper deck in left field (112 mph 448 feet) to give the Cardinals a quick 1-0 lead. After another single, Mahle settled in with a groundout and his second strikeout to end the inning.
The second inning was more of the same as Harrison Bader opened the top half with a line-drive home run (107.2 mph 409 feet). Again, Mahle responded by getting a groundout before a seeing-eye single dribbled past first base. After the pitcher’s sac bunt, Mahle struck out Carlson again to end the threat.
The third and fourth innings only saw a base runner apiece, neither making it past first base. However, with one out in the fifth, Mahle pitched himself into trouble by walking three consecutive batters to load the bases. Mahle bore down, striking out both Tyler O’Neill and Paul Dejong on his hardest thrown fastballs of the day at 97 mph to get out of the jam.
Edgar Garcia came on in relief in the sixth and was unable to record an out. The Cardinals opened with a double and single to left field putting runners on the corners. A deep fly to right was overrun by Aristides Aquino and fell in and bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double to score both runners. Another single to move runners back to the corners ended the night for Garcia.
Ryan Hendrix came in with two men and no outs and limited the damage. Carlson hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score the runner from the third and make it 5-3, but Hendrix retired the next two to get to the bottom of the sixth.
R.J. Alaniz opened the seventh hitting O’Neill with a pitch and walking Matt Carpenter. Even though Alaniz got Bader to chase a slider low and away for a strikeout, David Bell went to the pen again for Tony Santillan. Santillan responded with a strikeout and lineout to end the threat.
Brad Brach threw a clean eighth inning, striking out two batters swinging to keep the game tied going into the ninth.
Heath Hembree struck out the side in the ninth for the save.
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— Bally Sports Cincinnati (@BallySportsCIN) July 24, 2021
Most Valuable Players
- Joey Votto: .363 WPA (Win Probability Added)
- Eugenio Suarez: .190 WPA
- Kyle Farmer: .169 WPA
- Jesse Winker: 109.0 mph | Double in 4th inning
- Kyle Famer: 106.0 mph | Home Run in 4th inning
- Joey Votto: 104.4 mph | Single in 3rd inning
Unluckiest Out of the Day
- Alejo Lopez: .760 xBA | Flyout in 6th inning
Highest Velocities By Pitcher
- Tyler Mahle: 97.4 mph
- Edgar Garcia: 95.6 mph
- Ryan Hendrix: 98.7 mph
- R.J. Alaniz:93.0 mph
- Tony Santillan: 96.8 mph
- Brad Brach: 94.1 mph
- Heath Hembree: 95.6 mph
Highest Pitch Spins
- Heath Hembree: 2,977 rpm | Slider
Most Pitch Movement
- Tyler Mahle: 20 inches horizontal movement | Splitter
- Tony Santillan: 46 inches vertical movement | Slider
Team Expected Batting Averages (xBA)
- Cardinals: .249
- Reds: .287
The Reds and Cardinals continue the series with an evening game at Great American Ball Park. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. EST as Luis Castillo faces off against Jake Woodford.
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