Cincinnati Reds lose to Cardinals: Wade Miley struggles

As soon as Paul Goldschmidt connected on a full-count fastball, Wade Miley clenched his fist, stared at the ground and he shouted in frustration.

Goldschmidt hammered his second home run of the afternoon to the "Red hits sign, fan wins Tundra" advertisement between the Power Stacks in center field, a 441-foot, two-run blast. Unfortunately for the fan, it resulted in no new car and another loss for the home team.  

The two-run homer was the third lead change of the afternoon and it cost the Cincinnati Reds in a 5-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the first game of their seven-inning doubleheader at Great American Ball Park.

The Reds have lost six of their last eight games, falling out of the driver’s seat in the wild-card race. Entering Wednesday’s nightcap against the Cardinals, the Reds were a half-game behind the San Diego Padres. The Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies are both within 2½ games of a playoff spot.

"It’s a crappy time to go through a bit of a rut," Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart said.

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Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Wade Miley (22) kicks up dust after giving up a second home run to St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (46) in the fourth inning of the MLB National League game between the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. The Cardinals took the first game of the seven inning double header games, 5-4.

It was a rough afternoon for Miley, who permitted a season-high 12 hits in four innings. It was his second-shortest start of the season. He threw only 66 pitches, but he gave up five runs and three homers.

Miley threw a first-pitch strike to 17 of his 23 batters, which wasn't by design. He knew the Cardinals wanted to swing early in counts, but when he tried to throw pitches off the corners, they leaked back over the plate. 

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