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  W: J. Flaherty (7-6)   L: A. Wood (1-2)   S: C. Martínez (14)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE12:10 PM CT, August 18, 2019
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 21,525

Cards' Flaherty next to try to tame Reds rookie Aquino

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St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds

  1. St. Louis has won 16 of its last 21 games in Cincinnati, compiling a 5-1-1 series record, dating to August 2017. The Cardinals are averaging 6.1 runs and 1.8 home runs at Great American Ball Park in that span.
  2. The Cardinals swept a two-game set against the Royals, and despite it being just two games, this was one of two series in MLB this season a pitching staff did not allow a single run (TB, May 14-15 vs. Miami).
  3. The Reds allowed 17 runs on Wednesday, the most for the franchise since allowing 19 on July 11 last season. Reds' pitchers have a 5.67 ERA in August, 24th in baseball -- entering August, the team's 4.02 ERA ranked sixth in baseball.
  4. Kolten Wong led the Cardinals with three hits in the last series, and his batting average since the All-Star break is .360 after hitting .244 prior to the break. This is the largest improvement of any batting title qualifier in the National League.
  5. Freddy Galvis has gotten five hits in his first six at-bats with the Reds, and he hit his 19th homer of the season in his last game, one shy of his career high set in 2016. He's the first Reds player with five hits in his first two games since Joe Randa in 2005.
  6. Jose Iglesias has hit safely in every game he's played in August, and his nine-game hit streak is trailing only David Dahl for the longest active streak in baseball. He's scored eight runs in nine games in August, one shy of the nine runs he scored in 25 July games.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/15/2019 thru 8/18/2019

Rookie Aristides Aquino has been the talk of the majors since making his season debut on Aug. 1, while right-hander Jack Flaherty has silenced the opposition in that same stretch.

Something has to give on Sunday as Aquino looks to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a third win in their four-game series against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.

Aquino continued his home-run barrage by belting a three-run shot in the fifth inning in the Reds' 6-1 victory on Saturday. The homer was the 25-year-old Aquino's 10th in his last 11 games, and his 11th in 58 plate appearances this season, with only Philadelphia's Mike Schmidt (1976) requiring a fewer number (56) to reach that mark.

"I just have to be focused on the (pitcher) in my at-bat," Aquino said through an interpreter. "Don't worry about pitches out of the zone ... and when they make mistakes, to try to take advantage of it."

Cincinnati manager David Bell acknowledged that Aquino's performances this month have captivated his attention.

"I have a job to do, but watching Aquino, I'm like a fan," Bell said. "We know what he's capable of doing, but it is fun to watch for me and the fans. He has an approach that he's comfortable with. He's locked in right now. (Saturday's) home run changed the complexion of the game."

Jose Iglesias is also locked in, as he has hit safely in all 12 games he's played this month.

Flaherty (6-6, 3.52 ERA) will be tasked with keeping Aquino in the park and Iglesias off the bases on Sunday when he carries a 23-inning scoreless streak into the series finale.

The 23-year-old Flaherty has won two of his three starts (21.0 innings) in August, allowing just eight hits and striking out 26 against four walks in that span.

"That's been Jack. That's who he's been. Just outstanding pitching," St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said.

Flaherty owns a 1-2 mark with a 2.60 ERA in six career appearances (all starts) against Cincinnati, although he has recorded a pair of strong outings this season. He scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings in a 5-2 win on April 28 in St. Louis, and then tossed six more scoreless frames in a no-decision on July 21 in Cincinnati.

Joey Votto (5-for-10) and Eugenio Suarez (3-for-10, homer) have fared well against Flaherty, but both are nursing injuries. Votto sat out his third straight game on Saturday with lower back tightness, while Suarez was a spectator with a left thumb sprain.

Cincinnati left-hander Alex Wood (1-1, 5.59 ERA) will attempt to rebound from his first loss of the season when he takes the mound on Sunday.

Wood permitted two homers on six hits in five innings of a 3-1 setback at Washington on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old has struggled to keep the ball in the park, surrendering six total in four starts covering 19 1/3 innings.

Wood has yet to record a decision and owns a 3.97 ERA in three career appearances (two starts) versus St. Louis.

The Cardinals were limited to Matt Carpenter's solo homer on Saturday, one day removed from erupting for 13 runs and a season-high 18 hits the previous night.

"We had some good at-bats, had some good opportunities," Shildt said. "... We weren't able to push anything across consistently."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 18, 2019

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