Saturday’s Game Report: Reds 6, Cardinals 1
Pitching on the road has been a struggle for the Cardinals’ Miles Mikolas this season and that was the case again on Saturday night.
Mikolas allowed a leadoff homer in the first inning and a three-run blast from red-hot Reds rookie Aristides Aquino in the fifth that led the Reds over the Cardinals in Cincinnati,
The loss dropped Mikolas’ road record this season to 2-8, a far cry from his perfect 10-0 mark away from Busch Stadium last season. Overall he suffered his 13th loss, the most in the National League.
The loss dropped the Cardinals back into a first-place tie with the Cubs in the NL Central.
Here is how the game broke down:
At the plate: The Cardinals only run was a home run from Matt Carpenter in the second inning. It was the 11th of the season for Carpenter but his first since June 17, a span of 80 at-bats. It was his fourth career homer off Anthony DeSclafani, which ties for the most off any pitcher in his career (Garrett Cole) … After pounding out a season high 18 highs and scoring 13 runs on Friday night, the Cardinals had just six other hits, half of which came Yairo Munoz, in the lineup at shortstop to give Paul DeJong a day off.
On the mound: The leadoff homer by Nick Senzel was the fifth first-inning homer allowed by Mikolas this season … The Reds took a 2-1 lead off Mikolas in the fourth before he allowed back-to-back two-out singles before the home run by Aquino in the fifth, his 11th in his first 17 games in the majors … The Reds another their final run in the seventh off Ryan Helsley, the first run allowed in the five games on this road trip by the bullpen.
Key stat: Mikolas has now allowed 47 earned runs in 64 2/3 innings in 13 road starts this year, an ERA of 6.54. He has won just two of those 13 starts with three no-decisions and has only one road win since May 1. Overall his record fell to 7-13.
Worth noting: The two home runs off Mikolas increased his season total to 21 allowed this year, 14 of which have come in those 64 2/3 innings on the road. Last year he allowed a total of 10 home runs on the road in 97 innings … Kolten Wong was in the lineup despite having a career mark of 0-of-19 against DeSclafani, the most at-bats in his career against any pitcher without a hit. He was 0-of-2, now leaving him hitless in 21 career at-bats.
Looking ahead: Jack Flaherty, coming off three consecutive scoreless outings, will get the start on Sunday in the final game of the series and the road trip.
Mike Shildt Post-Game Interview (By Mike Reeves)
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