The Cardinals beat the Reds at Busch Stadium today by the score of 1 - 0.
This 2:25 game was a classic pitchers duel which featured great defense from both clubs.
Both right fielders made sensational plays in back to back half-innings. In the bottom of the third inning, the Red's Jay Bruce threw out a Cardinals baserunner at the plate to keep the shutout intact. Not to outdone, Cardinals rightfielder John Jay robbed the aforementioned Jay Bruce of a homerun with a sensational catch over the fence.
Both starting pitchers threw 8 innings and both allowed 6 hits.
The Cardinals scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the 8th inning. A leadoff single, a sacrifice bunt with two strikes, a fly ball to centerfield moved the runner to third base, and then the strangest play of the game.
With the runner at third base, the Cardinals batter literally squibbed a ball off the end of the bat. The ball, with a super amount of english on it, spun around the third base bag into foul territory. The Reds third baseman made an unbelievable play fielding the ball. From his knees he spun and fired it to first base. The Cardinals batter barely beat the throw with a head-first slide and the run scored.
Busch Stadium exploded and the fans went crazy all through the one-two-three top of the ninth inning.
Well pitched, well played, and well paced games with exciting finishes are the cream of the crop for any TV baseball director.