It was a rough start to the game for Cincinnati as they allowed the Cardinals to score in each of the first four innings, culminating in a Paul DeJong Grand Slam. The Reds got a late three-run Home Run in the bottom of the ninth inning to cut into the lead, but the Cardinals dominated the game on their way to a 7-5 victory.
St. Louis scored in the top of the first off of back-to-back doubles from Tommy Edman and Paul Goldschmidt. The Reds briefly tied the game back up in the bottom of the first inning when Eugenio Suarez drove in Joey Votto with a two-out single. However, Kolton Wong drove in Matt Carpenter with a two-out single in the second inning to take a 2-1 lead for the Cardinals and they never looked back from there.
The Cardinals added to the lead in the third with a Yadier Molina Sacrifice Fly before DeJong’s Grand Slam in the fourth inning blew the game open, giving St. Louis a 7-1 lead.
For the first time in his @MLB career…
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) September 1, 2020
Pitching with the lead, Dakota Hudson cruised through seven innings of working allowing just two runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out seven. Hudson earned his first win of the season and is now 4-0 in his career against the Reds.
Tonight’s 7-5 victory moved the Cardinals to .500 on the season at 13-13 while the Reds fell to 15-20. St. Louis is now 18-6 in their last 24 games at Great American Ball Park.
Tomorrow night the Reds will send Sonny Gray (5-1, 1.94 ERA) to the mound against lefty Kwang-Hyun Kim. First pitch is schedule for 6:40 p.m. Eastern Time.
Trade Deadline Transactions
#Reds trade deadline:
OF Brian Goodwin
RHP Archie Bradley
2B Josh VanMeter
OF Stuart Fairchild (No. 9 prospect according to @keithlaw)
LHP Packy Naughton (No. 11 prospect says Keith)
— C. ???????????? (@ctrent) August 31, 2020
Sitting at a disappointing 15-20 over halfway through the shortened 2020 season it was unclear what the Reds strategy would be approaching today’s 4:00 p.m. trade deadline. There were some rumors of Trevor Bauer being shopped around a little bit, but that never came to fruition. Instead, the Reds were buyers.
Just after the actual 4:00 deadline Ken Rosenthal reported that the Reds had acquired Outfielder Brian Goodwin from the Los Angeles Angels. Goodwin, a left-handed hitter, was batting .242 so far this season for the Angels with 4 Home Runs and 17 RBI. In 2019, Goodwin hit a career-best .262 with 17 Home Runs and 47 RBI. Cincinnati sent Left-Handed pitching prospect Packy Naughton and a Player to be Named Later to the Angels in exchange for the 29 year old Outfielder.
Since 2017, Bradley has a 2.98 ERA, 10.1 K rate, 0.7 HR rate. #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) August 31, 2020
The Reds also sent Utility-man Josh VanMeter and Outfielder Stuart Fairchild to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Relief Pitcher Archie Bradley. Bradley, a 28 year old Right-Hander, is 1-0 this season with a 4.22 Earned Run Average in 10 2/3 innings.
After spending his first two big league seasons as a Starter, Bradley was one of the best relievers in baseball in 2017 throwing 73 innings with a 1.73 ERA. His consistency out of the bullpen will be much welcomed for a group that is sporting the 4th worst ERA in MLB so far this season.