John Gant earned his first victory as a starter since 2018 by throwing six sturdy innings and the St. Louis Cardinals despatched the Cincinnati Reds to their sixth straight loss, 2-Zero on a wet Saturday.
Andrew Knizner, subbing for injured catcher Yadier Molina, and Nolan Arenado every drove in a run. Dylan Carlson added three singles as St. Louis received a collection for simply the second time this season.
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After ready out a rain delay of two hours, 20 minutes earlier than throwing his first pitch, Gant (1-2) allowed simply three hits.
“It was only a dominating, excellent efficiency by Gant,” Knizner stated. “I believed he pitched a superb recreation. He let his stuff play.”
Gant struck out 5 and walked two in his fourth begin of the season.
“I am simply attempting to go on the market and throw strikes and put the crew in the most effective state of affairs attainable to have the ability to win the ballgame,” Gant stated. “That is a beginning pitcher’s job — holding the rating shut and provides your crew an opportunity to shake fingers on the finish of the sport.”
It was Gant’s first win as a beginning pitcher since Sept. 9, 2018, at Detroit. He had received 11 video games in reduction since then.
“I like enjoying this recreation. I like being on the market,” Gant stated. “I type of lose myself each time I am on the market. I am unable to say sufficient concerning the protection. There have been a whole lot of balls put in play and nearly each one was gloved down. I am glad we received the sport in, too.”
Genesis Cabrera pitched the seventh, and Giovanny Gallegos completed the three-hitter for his first save.
“We have a great bullpen, a deep bullpen,” St. Louis supervisor Mike Shildt stated. “We move the ball round. They threw the ball very, very properly.”
The Reds misplaced for the eighth time in 10 video games. Wade Miley (2-2) gave up two runs on 5 hits in six innings.
“Clearly, we’re conscious of our report and what’s occurred the final six video games,” Cincinnati supervisor David Bell stated. “We exit and compete the following day. There’s no shortcuts to it. I want there was a straightforward means out however there by no means is. It is simply April 24. We’ve got an extended, lengthy strategy to go. That’s only a reality and it’s a great factor.”
Arenado hit an RBI single within the first.
The Cardinals added a run within the sixth when Knizner doubled off the left-field wall.
Knizner simply missed a house run as his ball simply missed clearing the fence.
“I believed I received sufficient,” Knizner stated. “I am going to must get with our energy coach and hit the burden room a bit of bit more durable tomorrow and see if I can get a bit of extra pop in my bat and get that factor over the wall subsequent time,”
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Reds CF Tyler Naquin turned 30 on Saturday.
Reds: INF Mike Moustakas, who hasn’t performed since April 14, continues to get well from a non-COVID-19-related sickness that has stored him on the 10-day injured checklist retroactive on April 20. “I’ve had a viral an infection,” Moustakas stated. “I don’t wish to get into an excessive amount of element. It was dangerous and I wasn’t feeling good in any respect. I wasn’t capable of combat by it so I received placed on the IL. Final couple of days, I’ve been feeling so much higher. The remedy for me was simply time.”
Moustakas, who’s hitting .289, stated he might return subsequent week. He will likely be eligible to return from the IL on April 27.
Cardinals: Molina exited after batting within the fifth inning Friday due to soreness in his proper foot. Molina had raised his batting common to .339 after he homered and doubled. “I talked to him. He could be the hardest man alive and he stated ‘I can play.’ I’m not too frightened about it,” Shildt stated earlier than the sport.
Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (1-1, 6.05) will make his team-high fifth begin of the season. He misplaced to St. Louis in season opener in Cincinnati. He’s six strikeouts shy of 600 for his profession.
Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (Three-Zero, Three.80) had a no-decision in his opening day begin at Cincinnati. The Cardinals have received in every of his first 4 begins this season, averaging 11 runs per recreation.