BY: Zane Miller
PHOTO Credit: David Jablonski/Dayton Daily News
The Reds took down the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2 on Saturday afternoon, in a game that was twice delayed due to weather.
The Cardinals were the first to get on the board on a solo home run by first baseman Matt Carpenter, however the game was delayed for about 45 minutes midway through the second after rain and lightning moved through the area.
After the game resumed, the Cardinals picked up where they had left off as left fielder Marcell Ozuna hit an RBI groundout, but going into the sixth the game was faced with another rain delay, this time lasting nearly two hours and forcing both teams into making pitching changes.
However, when the game resumed for a second time, the momentum shifted in favor of the Reds as second baseman Scooter Gennett cut the lead in half with an RBI double in the sixth inning. The seventh saw shortstop Jose Peraza tie the game up with an RBI single, followed by Gennett getting another RBI single to take the lead, capped off with third baseman Eugenio Suarez adding a two RBI single. The Reds continued the offense as first baseman Joey Votto hit a two RBI single in the eighth and Peraza got another RBI single in the ninth to give the Reds the 8-2 victory.
Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo took a no decision as he pitched five innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits with no walks, while Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty also had a no decision with five innings pitched and no earned runs allowed with two hits and three walks. Reds reliever Austin Brice took the win, while Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks was hit with the loss as well as the blown save. After the loss, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was fired, as Cardinals bench coach Mike Shildt will take over as interim manager.
The teams will play again on Sunday afternoon.