Apr 8, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (4) hits a game winning double during the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Cincinnati defeated St.Louis 13-4. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Game Thread: Reds v. Cardinals - 4/9/13


Here’s hoping the bats for the Reds kept their heat from yesterday’s 9th inning. I’ve never watched an inning that started out with such a high stress level evolve into one that completely emptied a stadium. To see Busch Stadium empty that quickly is almost beyond comprehension. I’m still in a bit of awe over it.

Oh, and if you were wondering, the Reds half of the 9th inning took almost 28 minutes to complete. Just to quickly recap, the Good Guys sent 15 men to the plate and scored 9 runs, including the game winning double of the bat of Brandon Phillips (right).

Well, tonight could produce offense from both teams. Both of this evenings starting pitchers have been knocked around by the opponent. Of course, one more than the other.

Pitching matchup:

Reds: Bronson Arroyo (2013: 1-0, 4.50 ERA, 1.500 WHIP; v. STL: 8-13, 4.56, 1.339; last outing v. STL: 10/1/12 – L)

Arroyo v. STL Batters

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Matt Holliday 48 44 14 3 0 3 8 3 9 .318 .375 .591 0 0 0 1 1
Yadier Molina 43 41 7 1 0 0 2 0 2 .171 .186 .195 0 1 0 1 1
Carlos Beltran 26 23 7 2 1 1 4 3 5 .304 .385 .609 0 0 0 0 1
Jon Jay 25 25 10 2 1 1 3 0 3 .400 .400 .680 0 0 0 0 2
Daniel Descalso 17 17 7 2 1 0 4 0 2 .412 .412 .647 0 0 0 0 0
David Freese 13 12 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 .083 .154 .083 0 0 0 0 0
Jaime Garcia 7 6 5 1 0 1 1 1 0 .833 .857 1.500 0 0 0 0 0
Allen Craig 5 5 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 .200 .200 .400 0 0 0 0 0
Tony Cruz 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .200 .400 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Carpenter 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Adam Wainwright 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .333 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Pete Kozma 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
Shane Robinson 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Jake Westbrook 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 199 187 53 13 3 6 23 9 28 .283 .322 .481 0 1 0 2 6
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Looks like this might not be the easiest of outing for Arroyo as not only he has not pitched well at Busch III in the past (3-6, 5.42 ERA, 1.420 WHIP in 14 starts and 88 IP), but also a handful of Cards feat on his pitching as well. It will take a better than most performance to keep the Redbirds offense in check tonight.

In Bronson’s career we know lefties (.289/.347/.485) have greater success off of him than righties (.242/.295/.391). When you see the Cards starting lineup, there is a slight adjustment for that.

Cardinals: Lance Lynn (2013: 0-0, 9.00 ERA, 2.250 WHIP; v. CIN: 0-0, 7.50, 1.833; last v. CIN: 8/24/12 – ND)

Lynn v. CIN Batters

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Zack Cozart 3 3 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 .667 .667 2.000 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Phillips 3 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .667 .667 .667 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Hanigan 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.000 .500 1.000 0 1 0 0 0
Jay Bruce 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Todd Frazier 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Heisey 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Mat Latos 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 0 0 0 0 0
Joey Votto 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 13 11 6 1 0 1 3 1 4 .545 .538 .909 0 1 0 0 0
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Lynn only has one lifetime start against the Good Guys. He only has a total of four appearances against them in his short career, so no one Red has a feel for what Lynn could offer. That can work both ways though, but it usually favors the pitcher.

So which Reds have an advantage, if one is to be had? That would be lefty bats such as Choo, Votto, Bruce and Robinson (even tough he’s a switch hitter, he’ll bat left) as they hold a .266 to .232 BAA when facing Lynn.

Starting Lineups:

Reds Cardinals
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) CF 1. Jon Jay (L) CF
2. Zack Cozart (R) SS 2. Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B 3. Matt Holliday (R) LF
4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B 4. Allen Craig (R) 1B
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF 5. Carlos Beltran (S) RF
6. Todd Frazier (R) 3B 6. Yadier Molina (R) C
7. Derrick Robinson (S) LF 7. Daniel Descalso (L) 2B
8. Ryan Hanigan (R) C 8. Pete Kozma (R) SS
9. Bronson Arroyo (R) P 9. Lance Lynn (R) P

Quick Pitch:
- In 147 PA as the Reds #2 hitter, Cozart owns a triple slash of .324/.366/.493 with 4 HR and 8 RBI.
- Tonight marks Derrick Robinson’s first MLB start.
- Both managers appear to be making moves to ready for tomorrow’s day game. For the Reds, no Heisey. The Cards are resting Freese.

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  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Better late than never, I suppose…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Arroyo dealing thus far…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    I believe the offense is still napping…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    And there goes the no-hitter…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Strategy session for the pinch-hitter…and a lefty to boot.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Matt Adams with his first look at Arroyo it appears…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    And just like that, the Cards take a 2-1 lead on a Matt Adams pinch-hit homer…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    So now the Reds gotta get to the Cards ‘pen like they did yesterday.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Don’t think that strategy session before the Adams AB worked out too well.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    Phone issues, eh? Now we know why no one was up in the ‘pen. And in St. Louis, no less.

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    You throw that to second base to keep the double play in order!

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    This could be bad…

  • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

    What a throw by Choo!!! Still, shouldn’t have let them get 4 runs that inning.