The Cardinals beat the Reds 6-3 Saturday night, tying the series and putting them within 1 and 1/2 games of first-place Milwaukee. Jamie Garcia dominated the Reds early on, holding them to just one hit in the first four innings. In the fifth, Reds shortstop Zack Cozart drove in Brayan Pena on a single to left, and in then 6th, Chris Heisey scored on Brandon Phillips line drive double to center. A spectacular defensive play by second basemen Daniel Ellis in the 6th held the Reds from doing anymore damage.
“The way I saw it, it looked like he had no chance when the ball left that bat,” manager Mike Matheny said, “[I’m] still surprised. I want to see what it looks like on replay, but it looked like he jumped twice his height.”
As Garcia put it, “Game changer.”
This was Garcia’s second start after a nearly year long recovery from a shoulder injury. He through a first pitch strike to 15 batters and kept the Reds off balance with a four-pitch mixup, striking out 7.
The Cardinals’ offense supported Garcia well – even with Tony Cingrani pitching, who shut them put earlier in the season. Matt Carpenter had a lead off double in the first and was later driven in by Matt Holliday’s one-out single, putting the Cards ahead 1-0 early on. In the fourth, Molina lead the inning with a homer, adding to the lead. Jon Jay, Matt Adams, and Daniel Ellis were responsible for St. Louis’ other RBI’s.
The Cardinals face the Reds on Sunday night and hope to win their fourth series in a row, should be a good one!