Facing one of the best pitchers in the National League at Sonny Gray, the Cardinal knocked him out of the game, so that he could get out of the first inning. St. Louis sent 11 batters to the plate in the first innings and scored six runs. The Cards did not stop in their third straight win, hitting 23 hits aggressively.
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The Cardinals added runs in the third, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings. Every card batsman reached base on Tuesday, with Paul de Jong’s single in the fourth inning.
The first innings lasted so long that Cardinals starter Kwang Hyun Kim took 30 minutes to complete his warm-up. He walked with the Reds’ leadoff batter Joey Votto, but he was quickly knocked out of the innings with a double play and a strike. After that, Kim appeared in three hit films in five century innings.