By: Jim Tsapelas
The St. Louis Cardinals game against the Cincinnati Reds was suspended in the eighth inning due to rain with the score tied at two.
Cardinals’ starter John Lackey who has twenty-two Quality Starts in the 2015 season got into the eighth inning with just giving up two runs. Friday night’s game at the Great American Ball Park was the fourteenth start out of the last seventeen starts where he has given-up just two runs or fewer. In his seven innings pitched, Lackey struck out ten batters, tying his season high.
As most in Cardinal Nation will admit, the starting pitching as well as the defense has not been too sharp over the past ten or so games. The Cardinals had some defensive miscues in the first inning which contributed to a part of the Reds’ scoring. As the game moved along, the defense appeared more solid and confident.
For his part, Lackey appeared to get stronger as the game progressed. Lackey’s best pitching may have happened in the top of the seventh inning. In the seventh, the Reds’ speedster Billy Hamilton got his third hit of the game. Hamilton stole second, his second stolen base of the night, and moved to third on a throwing error by Cardinals’ catcher Yadier Molina. Joey Votto was intentionally walked and stole second without a throw; as Jay Bruce struck out. Lackey struck out Brandon Phillips on a checked swing, to end the inning, and keep the game knotted at two.
The suspended game continues Saturday at 11:30 AM CDT. The game shall pick-up in the top of the eighth inning with no outs, one on base, with the game tied at two. Cardinals’ shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who was the last player to bat, reached first base on a Reds’ error.
Following the completion of the suspended game, the Cards and Reds will meet for the third game in their four game series at 12:05 PM CDT. Going for the Cardinals will be Lance Lynn (11-9). For the Reds Anthony DeSclafani (8-10) gets the nod.
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