The Bottom Line: Jhonny Peralta hit a bases clearing double in the bottom of the fifth to put the Cards up by four, and Jon Jay went 3 for 4 with two runs scored to power the Cards’ offense. Lance Lynn shut down the Reds for 7 solid innings before an hour long rain delay ended his night.

Positives: 

  • The Cards’ bats came alive tonight against Reds ace and Cy Young contender Johnny Cueto, knocking him around for five earned runs. Cueto also walked four batters during his outing.
  • Jon Jay continued his breakout year with a 3 for 4 night, raising his batting average to an incredible .313.
  • Jhonny Peralta only had one hit, but it turned out to be a game-changer, extending the Cards’ lead from just one run to four.
  • Matt Adams took two walks. Before tonight Adams had 13 walks total for the season. Even one of the Cards’ play by play men commented, “You don’t see too many two walk games from Matt Adams.”
  • Trevor Rosenthal earned a completely unnecessary save, but it pads his stats the same way.

Negatives:

  • Carlos Martinez had a meltdown in the 9th, giving up three runs on four hits and an error. While the young reliever has shown incredible promise throughout his short career, he has been way too inconsistent to remain a key player on this ballclub. Hopefully, the Cards’ will be able to work on his mechanics in the offseason.
  • An hour long rain delay; ugh.

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Extras:

  • I was actually at this game for just my second game at Busch Stadium, and I must say it’s a truly beautiful ballpark. Everyone is extremely nice and the food is top notch for a baseball game. Just some observations…
  • The Redbirds now lead the Reds 9-3 in the season series with 7 games left to play between the two teams.

What’s Next: After an off-day tomorrow, the Redbirds travel to Philadelphia to face the Phillies for a three game set. Shelby Miller takes the mound in game one against Kyle Kendrick of the Phils.