ST. LOUIS – As the Reds burned for the first week of the season, all the other teams in the Central National League had moments of heat. By the time this happened, Cincinnati had cooled significantly.
Is another success coming for the reds again? Catching an early cardinal team at just the right time, they won 5-2 on Saturday for their third straight victory at Bush Stadium in a four-game streak that ends Sunday.
“It’s huge for us,” said Redster hunter Tucker Barnhart. “Obviously [Busch Stadium is] a difficult place to play for us for quite some time. I played a good ball in the first three games, I just have to keep rolling tomorrow. “
The victory gave the Reds three consecutive victories for the first time, after taking six consecutive from April 3-9 ̵
Since 2006, the Reds have won three consecutive games in St. Louis. They have not swept a series of four games at Busch Stadium II or III since 1990.
“It’s good to go back a few good days and there is momentum in that,” said Reds manager David Bell. “But every day is different, just going out and continuing to find a way every day. Then things get tangled up and that’s what we see now. You definitely didn’t go to win a bunch in a row, but you strive to win every day.”
A band that often drops out without Joey Voto, Mike Mustakas and Nick Senzel for a few weeks, began to find more ways to produce. Cincinnati has scored 15 runs combined in these three wins.
Although he beats .160 and enters the day 1-for-10 of the series, Eugenio Suárez is always able to ruin the day on opposite pitchers. The game was 2-2 in the sixth inning when Suarez – moved from the leader to 6th place – delivered a double run by a host in the left field on 1-2 pitches by Cardinals facilitator Ryan Helsley.
“It was huge,” said Barnhart, who was at first base. “He’s starting to look like Geno. The numbers may or may not say it, but he seems to have consistently good bats, and this Homer to give us the lead was massive. I told him when he came in, he hit and I just started jogging because of the sound. It was just different, you knew it was a long homer. “
Moved to first place on Saturday, Jonathan India had another big game. India twice hit a homer in the left field against Cardinal’s starter Johan Oviedo. The blast was the second in the rookies in two matches and the fifth overall. India added a double in the fifth inning to mark a series of eight straight appearances in which it reached safely. He came out in sixth place to end his series.
The Reds also showed some turmoil. Leading the fourth inning, Tyler Nakin placed the ball in the center field and did not stop sprinting from the field of double dough. It turned out to be great when Barnhart followed with one to the center field to score Nakin.
“If I’m 100 percent, I go there. I was 100 percent,” Nakin said. “When I rounded the first base with a hard turn, I was 100 percent to get there. We have Tuck behind me. He swings the bat well. We just changed places right there. It was a great run.”
Meanwhile, Nick Castellanos just keeps hitting. Two more singles extended Castellanos’ best hit series to 21 games, which includes 15 multi-hit games. Castellanos hit 0.464 during the series.
“He rides so high and it’s fun to watch him,” Nakin said. “You’re just on a roller coaster ride with him. Every time a player feels that way and walks that way, you just stay out of the way and punch him every time they deserve it.”
One day, after Luis Castillo broke a personal streak of losses with six strong innings, the Reds’ starter Tyler Male made seven innings and gave up two runs and five hits with one walk and eight strokes. Having given up seven runs for two passes to the Giants in a loss on May 19-4 on May 20, the right is 3-0 with a 1.04 ERA in its last three starts.
Mahle got out of the once-loaded jam in the fourth inning and withdrew his last 11 straight beats. In total, he threw first-level shots at 20 of his 27 fighters.
“Taking three so far the way we have, without giving up a lot of tracks and putting in some tracks, is huge for us,” Male said. “We’re going to clean up tomorrow.”