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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Brandon Moss Bangs Two Home Runs To Down,Alfredo Simon And Reds

Brandon Moss hit two home runs to lead the Cardinals to a 12-7 win in the second of the three-game series.

Alfredo Simon put the Reds in a three-run hole within the St. Louis Cardinals first three batters but the Reds battled back against Jaime Garcia.

Simon walked Matt Carpenter and Aledmys Diaz to open the game.  Matt Adams pounced on the first pitch he saw and hit into the rightfield bleachers.

Joey Votto doubled with one out against Garcia and scored on a flare to right by Jay Bruce, who drove in his team leading 41st run. He entered the game sixth in the National League in runs batted in.  Adam Duvall singled but Eugenio Suarez struck out.

The Cardinals took the run back in their next turn.  Doubles by Yadier Molina and Carpenter rebuilt the lead to 4-1.

The Reds charged Garcia in the second inning, hitting the lefthander hard.Billy Hamilton lined a single to left.  Tucker Barnhart grounded one hard through the shortstop hole for the first of his three hits.  Alftedo Simon was sent up to bunt but Garcia couldn't throw strikes and walked Simon as Hamilton stole his 16th base of the year.  Zack Cozart, who is fifth in the All-Star voting at shortstop in spite of his  .301 average at gametime, singled past Diaz for one run.  Votto singled to score another.  Brandon Phillips forced Simon at the plate.  Bruce hit a line drive twice as hard as his single in the first but it was right at Adams at firstbase, who was just off the bag.  Duvall lined out hard to Diaz.

Simon settled in and kept the Cardinals grounded in the next two innings.

 "It seemed like Freddie never settled in," Bryan Price said.."Even in the innings he was able to be more competitive. from a command standpoint he was extremely erratic. He's working hard in the bullpen but between the lines he's spraying a lot of pitches."

Cozart's ninth home run tied the score off Garcia.

Simon got the first two batters out in the fifth but Jhonny Peralta singled down the line as Duvall cut the ball off to prevent a double.  Brandon Moss hit a monstrous home run, his 12th to give the Cardinals a two-run cushion.

"It's tough to see the bigger picture when you give up three runs in the first three batters," Barnhart said.. "It is easy to pack it in a little bit. I don't think he did that. He gave us in the game."

Barnhart hist his second home run of the year off Garcia in the bottom of the inning.  A natural left-handed batter, both of Barnhart's home runs have come from the right side.

"It is something I worked on it in the off season and spring training," Barnhart said.. "I am trying to get more consistent. I'm really confident from the left side. I know that will be there. I've been having some success lately from the right side. When you're younger you don't face many lefthanders. and in the majors it will skew 3-1 to lefthanded at bats. You can swing in the cage all you want but until you hit in a game, you can't tell how your swing it."

Moss hit his 13th, a line drive just over the rightfield wall in the seventh off Josh Smith.

St. Louis added to the lead. Molina walked and Randall Grichuk singled. Pinch hitter Greg Garcia greeted J.C Ramirez with a run scoring single before Cozart's diving stop and pop up throw to first nipped Carpenter to end the inning.

Peralta's three-run home run off J.C Ramirez completed the carnage.

Phillips RBI double in the ninth tied him with Vada Pinson for ninth on the Reds RBI list with 814. Duvall drove in his 39th run of the season with a ground out scoring Phillips..

 "It's been fun watching the offense. Joey is taking better swings," Price said.. "Jay has been on a tear lately. Today Barny had three hits. Brandon's given us some good at bats, Duvall has all year, Billy and Zack, you can go up and down the lineup."

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