MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
St. Louis1 0 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 9110
Cincinnati0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 260
  W: L. Weaver (7-1)   L: R. Davis (1-3)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, September 20, 2017
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 12,903

Cardinals visit Reds in another crucial game

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St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds

  1. The Reds allowed just five runs to the Pirates as they swept all three games and extended their home winning streak to seven in a row. It is the longest home winning streak for Cincinnati since another seven-game run from May 4-17, 2011.
  2. The Cardinals were swept in a three-game set at the Cubs over the weekend to fall six games back in the NL Central. It was the fifth time this season St. Louis has been swept on the road, its most since seven times in 2007.
  3. Scooter Gennett slugged his 25th home run of the year in Sunday's win against the Pirates. Gennett is the first Reds second baseman with 25+ homers in a season since Brandon Phillips crushed 30 in 2007.
  4. Matt Carpenter went 1-for-5 with his 30th double of the season in Sunday's loss at the Cubs. Carpenter is the first Cardinal with five straight 30-double seasons since Matt Holliday from 2010-14.
  5. Tucker Barnhart was 1-for-3 with a triple and an RBI in the win on Sunday over Pittsburgh. Barnhart is the first Reds catcher with multiple triples in a season since Paul Bako in 2008.
  6. Jack Flaherty took the loss against the Reds on Wednesday, allowing three runs on four hits in 4.1 innings. Flaherty is the first Cardinals pitcher to allow a home run in each of his first three career starts since Luke Weaver in his first five last season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/19/2017 thru 9/21/2017

CINCINNATI -- The St. Louis Cardinals are looking for leadership in their effort to climb back into the National League playoff picture. Time is running out.

On Tuesday, the Cardinals welcomed back one of their field generals when veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright was reinstated from the disabled list. Wainwright will be used in relief for the remainder of the season.

"We need his presence and his leadership," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "We get in the middle of this thing, we have to do whatever we can."

St. Louis (78-72) plays the second of three games against the Cincinnati Reds (66-85) on Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park. The Cardinals are 3 1/2 games behind Colorado for the second NL wild-card spot.

Matt Carpenter is another one of the veteran players the Cardinals are counting on down the stretch. He was given a day off for the series opener but is expected back in the lineup Wednesday. Carpenter is 3-for-13 on the current road trip.

"We have a group of guys that have been kind of our go-to guys in big situations, not just to go through it, but talk about what success should look like this time of year," Matheny said. "You want that current success to match up to the message that you're giving."

Right-hander Luke Weaver (6-1, 1.89 ERA) will start for St. Louis on Wednesday. The 24-year-old beat Cincinnati last week, allowing one unearned run on two hits with six strikeouts over six innings of a 5-2 victory at Busch Stadium.

He allowed five runs and four hits in two-thirds of inning in relief against the Reds last season in his only other appearance against them.

Weaver also has a personal six-game winning streak, the longest active streak in the major leagues. It is tied with Wainwright for the longest streak by a Cardinals pitcher this season. Over his past five starts, Weaver is 5-0 with a 1.15 ERA, having walked four and struck out 42.

Cincinnati counters with right-hander Rookie Davis, a 24-year-old rookie who rejoined the rotation after Triple-A Louisville's season ended. Davis was on the Reds' Opening Day roster and is making his first start since returning to the major leagues. He gave up two runs in two innings in a relief outing at St. Louis on Sept. 12.

Davis is 1-2 with a 7.58 ERA in five starts. He has 13 walks in 19 innings as a starter. He spent 14 days on the disabled list in April due to a bruised right forearm.

Cincinnati is hoping to get center fielder Billy Hamilton into a game during this series, if only as a pinch runner. He is on the disabled list with a fractured left thumb but has resumed baseball activity.

"He hasn't done any live hitting yet," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We could use him as a pinch runner. It's more or a probability than a possibility. I don't think the first time you see him will be as our starting center fielder."

The Reds will be looking to reach the 1,000-win mark against St. Louis during this series. Cincinnati currently has 998 wins over the Cardinals since 1900. At 9-8 this season against them, including 5-3 at Great American Ball Park, the Reds are looking for their first season series win over St. Louis since 2011.

Cincinnati is 3-3-2 against the Cardinals in the past seven completed series of more than one game.

Updated September 20, 2017

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