The Reds improved to 4-0 after taking down the Cardinals on Friday night. They took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth on a Todd Frazier sacrifice fly. Aroldis Chapman set down the Cardinals with little trouble in the ninth inning to nail down the win for his second save of the season.
With the win, the Reds became the first team since 1912 to win each of their first four games in their final at-bat, Joel Luckhaupt pointed out on Twitter. Here’s how the first three went down:
- Game 1 vs. PIT: Todd Frazier clubs a go-ahead three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, Chapman gets the save for a 5-2 win
- Game 2 vs. PIT: Joey Votto hits a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 11th for a 5-4 win
- Game 3 vs. PIT: Frazier scores the winning run on Gregory Polanco’s error in the bottom of the ninth for a 3-2 win
In Friday’s game against the Cardinals, Votto continued to hit well, swatting a pair of two-run home runs. Billy Hamilton walked twice and stole his seventh base of the season, making him 7-for-7 on the season.
Rays outfielder Austin Meadows has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb sprain, per a team announcement Sunday. No concrete timetable has been given for his return to the lineup just yet, but he’s scheduled to meet with a hand specialist on Sunday as the Rays try to determine the extent of his injury.
Meadows, 23, suffered the sprain in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. He lined a two-run triple into the right-center field gap — one of a franchise-record four triples that the Rays recorded in the game — but slid awkwardly into third base and jammed his right thumb in the process. He didn’t appear to be in obvious pain following the hit, however, nor was he removed from the game at the time.
Prior to the setback, Meadows carried a hefty .351/.422/.676 batting line with six homers, 19 RBI, and a 1.097 OPS through his first 83 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by Guillermo Heredia in right field for Sunday’s series finale and will likely lose a few starts to Avisaíl García as well.
In a series of corresponding moves, right-handed reliever Jake Faria was optioned to Triple-A Durham, infielder/outfielder Andrew Velazquez and righty reliever Emilio Pagán were recalled from Triple-A, and reliever Hunter Wood was placed on the paternity list. Second baseman Joey Wendle was also reinstated from the 10-day injured list after rehabbing a left hamstring strain and is scheduled take over the keystone during the Rays’ matinee against the Red Sox on Sunday.