Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The Giants are in. The Reds are in. Now we wait for the rest of the postseason picture to fully develop.

The Cardinals took a step toward the National League’s second Wild Card spot on Saturday at Wrigley Field, bouncing back from a crushing Friday loss to capture a 5-4 extra-innings victory over the Cubs. Adam Wainwright was shaky, yielding four runs in seven frames, but the bullpen registered zeros and Jason Motte earned his 39th save.

Carlos Beltran hit his 30th homer — a game-tying shot in the top of the ninth inning that sent a charge through the stadium filled mostly with red. The Cardinals’ big free agent acquisition is now batting .286/.375/.446 in September after slumping through August.

St. Louis enters play Sunday with a 2 1/2-game lead over the Brewers in the Wild Card hunt.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Athletics 9, Yankees 10 (14 innings)

Cardinals 5, Cubs 4 (10 innings)

Brewers 4, Nationals 10

Orioles 9, Red Sox 6 (12 innings)

Marlins 3, Mets 4

Twins 0, Tigers 8

Dodgers 0, Reds 6

Braves 8, Phillies 2

Pirates 1, Astros 4

Indians 3, Royals 5

Blue Jays 5, Rays 11

Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 7

Rangers 0, Mariners 1

White Sox 2, Angels 4

Padres 4, Giants 8

Marty Brennaman announces that 2019 will be his last season

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Cincinnati Reds announcer Marty Brennaman announced a few moments ago that 2019 will be his last season in the broadcast booth.

Brennaman, 76, has broadcast Reds games since 1974 and stands as every bit an institution among Reds fans as any announcer ever has among his local fan base. In 2000 he won the Ford C. Frick Award award, presented annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He called Hank Aaron’s 714th home run, Tom Seaver’s no-hitter, Tom Browning’s perfect game and every other major moment that occurred in a game involving the Reds for the past 44 years. He also, of course, has called three World Series clinchers for the Reds.

Brennaman, also, has been no stranger to controversy, primarily due to his penchant for criticizing Reds players for whom he seems to not to care, with Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn and Joey Votto being among the more notable examples. There are, of course, many Reds fans who share Marty’s views in such instances. It’s an open question as to whether Brennaman has merely shared or reflected that mindset on the one hand or if, on the other hand, he has encouraged it. However you want to view that, there is no denying the fact that Brennaman has never hesitated to speak his mind and that a great deal of the considerable love for him among Reds fans is due in no small part to that.

Brennaman will get and will deserve a farewell tour in 2019. And, in 2020, he will leave some very large shoes to fill.