Marshall hit hard again
All you need to know about Tony Cingrani’s night will be captured in detail on Reds.com/MLB.com. Here is some other stuff that you might find useful following the Reds 6-3 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday:
*The Reds are 0-7 this season in the second game of a series after they won the first game.
*Playing deep in left field in the top of the sixth, Ryan Ludwick made a nice running effort and diving catch to take a hit away from Yadier Molina. Leading off the top of the fourth, Molina hit a 2-0 Cingrani pitch for a homer to right-center field.
*Ludwick hit his third homer of the season off Jason Motte to lead off the bottom of the ninth. It was his first homer since April 14 vs. the Pirates.
*It was another rough appearance for LHP Sean Marshall. Taking over for Logan Ondrusek and inheriting two runners with one out, Marshall allowed two hits and both of Ondrusek’s runners to score. Through Saturday, opposing hitters are batting .400 (18-for-45) vs. Marshall this season. Besides his having a 10.38 ERA, five of his 11 inherited runners have scored.
“I don’t think there is anything anymore as a low leverage situation. It’s a 4-2 game and we’re trying to keep it there. It’s a tough situation to come into – he’s got second and third and one out,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “I thought his stuff was better. He’s not vintage Sean Marshall yet. He’s still building up arm strength. I thought his stuff was crisper today, closer to what we’re used to seeing. But he’s not back there yet. When he is, he’ll be pitching a lot more than he has been and in a lot more of a high leverage situation.”
*Brandon Phillips went 3-for-4 with two doubles and has a six-game hitting streak.
*Jon Jay filled in for late scratch Peter Bourjos in center field for the Cardinals. Jay went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.