No matter what order the Reds came to the plate in during the first inning of Wednesday's game the result was seemingly the same -- another Red on base another Red home. The end result was a 10-0 victory. With a shuffled lineup from Reds manager Dusty Baker the Reds scored six runs in the first inning off of Cardianls ace Adam Wainwright and then added three more for good measure in the second sending Wainwright to the showers with the worst performance of his career. Reds starter Homer Bailey on the other hand was magnificent holding the vaunted Cardinals lineup scoreless through 7 1/3 innings. But the story of the game was set hours before the first pitch. For the first time since Opening Day Baker moved second baseman Brandon Phillips to the second spot in the lineup. That was the plan heading into the season before Ryan Ludwick was injured in the first game of the season and Phillips was used to plug the cleanup spot. Even with Ludwick back Baker batted Jay Bruce cleanup with Ludwick sixth. Shin-Soo Choo led off the game with a single then newly-minted two-hole hitter Brandon Phillips responded by lining the first pitch he saw from Wainwright into right field. Wainwright then walked Joey Votto to set up new cleanup man Jay Bruce. And cleanup Bruce did. Two runs scored on Bruce's single -- but the Reds weren't done. After Bruce's single Ryan Ludwick doubled to score Votto to make it 3-0. The Reds made it 4-0 on Todd Frazier's groundout to second. In the first two games of this series it was the Reds making mistakes and the Cardinals capitalizing. Those tables would turn on Wednesday as Zack Cozart hit a grounder to first baseman Allen Craig who seemed worried about Ludwick on third. Craig took too long to look at Ludwick and with Wainwright not covering Cozart was safe. With Ryan Hanigan batting Wainwright's wild pitch scored Ludwick to make it 5-0. The Reds continued the scoring when after a Ryan Hanigan groundout Bailey singled to center. That topped off the scoring in the six-run first. Bailey responded with a 1-2-3 inning against the Cardinals before the Reds struck again in the second.
Reds rout Cardinals, 10-0, to avoid sweep
Cincinnati Enquirer | Aug 29