The Cardinals used a massive two-out rally in the ninth to sneak by the Reds on Monday, 5–4.
With the bases loaded, Yadier Molina, the same hitter who began the inning with a single, was hit on the elbow by a 1-0 Ross Ohlendorf fastball to cap a five-run inning and give St. Louis a walk-off victory.
After singling to start the inning off Tony Cingrani, Molina scored the first run of the frame on a bases-loaded single to right from Matt Carpenter which made the game 4–2,. Stephen Piscotty followed with a single to bring in another, Matt Holliday walked, and Cingrani was lifted for Ohlendorf.
Brandon Moss then drew a walk, setting up Molina’s walk-off hit by pitch.
The Reds’ bullpen has been an issue all season. JJ Hoover began the season as the team’s closer, but was removed due to ineffectiveness and sent down to the minors in August with a 13.50 ERA. Cingrani (3.91 ERA) and Ohlendorf (4.56) haven’t been much better.
– Kenny Ducey