The Cincinnati Reds hit a bit of a skid in their trek to the postseason losing three straight and going 5-7 in their last 12 games. Apparently St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright was the remedy, who got torched for nine runs in the first two innings.
From Tom Timmermann who describes the meltdown in a live blog of the game at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
After giving up a season-high six runs in the first, he gave up a three-run homer to Reds right fielder Jay Bruce in the second and the Cardinals trail 9-0 after two.
The Reds are going after Wainwright. Six of the 16 batters who came to the plate in the first two innings swung at the first pitch. Nine of them swung at either the first or second pitch. Wainwright did get two strikeouts to end the second.
Mike Matheny took Wainwright out after the second. Wainwright’s line: 2 innings, eight hits, nine runs, all earned, two walks, two strikeouts.
Through seven innings, Reds pitcher Homer Bailey gave up just five hits and zero runs. Wainwright will fall to 15-8 unless something very dramatic happens in the game.
It could be just a bump in the road for the Cardinals, who have played hot recently and have taken control of the National League Central after the Pittsburgh Pirates were at first place through most of the summer.