The Cards took the first game of the series last night, shortening their lead to 7 games behind the Reds. But the Reds took their 8 game lead right back, beating the Cardinals Saturday afternoon 6-1.
Cincinnati's starting pitcher, rookie Travis Wood only gave up 5 hits and 1 run to the Cardinals. Wood was also able to help his own cause at the plate, hitting a solo HR in the 4th inning. Reds' rookie relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman took care of business in the 8th inning. Chapman's fastball can hit 100mph pretty consistently.
Wood and Chapman were just too much for the Cardinals' bats. Matt Holliday was the only Cardinal to get an RBI, and he was the only Cardinal to get multiple hits in the game. The Cards did not have any extra-base hits the entire game.
Starting pitcher Adam Wainwright, once again, struggles to find his 18th win of the season. Wainwright only pitched 5 innings, and gave up 7 hits and 5 runs; although only 2 of the runs were earned.
If the Cardinals would've swept the Reds this series, the would only be 5 games behind leaving the series. Now, the best they can do is leave the series 7 games behind. October is nearing, and the division race seems to be done. The Cardinals' only hope is the wild-card.