BY: Zane Miller
Photo Credit: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images
The Reds took down the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Monday night in the first game of their new series as the Reds look to finish off their homestand on a high note.
Both teams were scoreless though the first half of the game with both starting pitchers having strong outings, however the Cardinals finally broke through in the sixth inning as catcher Yadier Molina hit an RBI single to give them their first lead of the ball game, but the Reds came through with a two out rally in the ninth beginning with third baseman Eugenio Suarez smacking a solo home run to tie the game up, followed by pinch hitter Dilson Herrera getting the game-winning RBI single after the Reds loaded the bases to make it a 2-1 victory.
Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo took a no decision after going five and a third innings, allowing four hits and one walk, while Cardinals starter Daniel Poncedeleon, making his MLB debut after coming back from a brain injury after he was hit with a line drive in a minor league game last season, had a strong debut as he no-hit the Reds through seven innings, giving up just three walks before being removed with the no-hitter still intact. The Cardinals would go on to have a combined no-hitter going through seven and a third innings until it was broken up with a base hit in the eighth. Reds reliever Jared Hughes earned the win, while Cardinals reliever Bud Norris took the blown save as well as the loss, as Poncedeleon was handed a tough-luck no decision.
The teams will face off once again on Tuesday night.