(BaseballStL) – The long ball, which has been scarce for the Redbirds, was the difference Friday night as the St. Louis Cardinals dropped their 22nd game of the season to the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark.
In one of Shelby Miller’s shortest outings of the season, going just 5.0 innings while giving up a 3-run shot to Todd Frazier. Miller gave up too many fly balls, only getting 4 groundball outs.
"Shelby looked good early," said manager Mike Matheny, "thought he did a nice job of mixing up his pitches."
"He comes in and out of really good stuff," he continued, "For the most part he does a good job of getting out of it. I think tonight, things could have gone a lot worse."
He wasn’t brilliant, but he limited the damage to just 4 runs and gave his team a chance to win the game.
And the Redbirds could only push three runs across the plate, Allen Craig earning two more RBIs. After the game, Matheny said their hitters just couldn't come up with that big hit.
Peter Bourjos made a nifty play in center to rob Reds’ catcher Devin Mesoraco of a home run in the second, but neither he nor the Reds would be denied as Mesoraco homered later off Seth Maness in the sixth.
The Cardinals faced flame thrower Alrodis Chapman for this first time this season in an effort to make a dramatic comeback in the ninth. Mark Ellis was able to scratch out a hit, but the Cardinals couldn’t mount any more of a challenge as they lost the series opener.
Saturday pits two lefties, Jaime Garcia and Tony Cigrani, as the Cards look to even the series.