The Reds offense simply couldn’t get anything going this evening. The offense collected just four total hits and never advanced a runner to third base on their way to being shutout by the Cardinals, 3-0.
The Cardinals jumped on the board in the bottom of the third inning via a two RBI single from Tommy Edman after a Harrison Bader double followed by a Kolton Wong single put runners at the corners with one out. Harrison Bader would hit a solo Home Run in the bottom of the fifth inning to increase the St. Louis led to 3-0.
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— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) August 23, 2020
Cardinals left-hander Kwang-Hyun Kim was excellent on the mound tonight in his second start of the season. Kim went six innings and allowed just three hits to earn his first win of 2020. Jesse Winker doubled in the fifth inning and Joey Votto walked following a single from Kyle Farmer in the top of the eighth. Those were the only two instances that the Reds had runners in scoring position tonight.
After beginning the 2020 campaign by winning National League Player of the Week honors, Nick Castellanos has seen his batting average drop all the way .239 after his 0-4 performance. Joey Votto is also trending towards the Mendoza Line as he sits at .218 after a 0-3 showing at the plate.
The lone bright spot offensively for Cincinnati this evening was Kyle Farmer going 3-3. In a lineup with a lot of underperforming bats, Farmer could be earning himself more consistent playing time moving forward.
Tejay Antone also deserves a shoutout for his performance out of the bullpen for the Reds. Once again, Antone was excellent throwing 2 1/3 innings of no-hit baseball. He struck out three and walked one after taking over for Wade Miley to begin the sixth inning.
Cincinnati will be back at Busch Stadium tomorrow afternoon at 2:15 p.m. Eastern Time for an opportunity to split the series. Tyler Mahle will take the ball for the Reds against Daniel Ponce De Leon for the Cardinals. Tonights setback dropped the Reds to a 11-14 record on the season. The Cardinals are now 8-8.