CINCINNATI The Elias Sports Bureau figured out that if the St. Louis Cardinals were to go hitless in their next 100 at-bats with runners in scoring position they would still lead Major League Baseball in that category. They could go 0-for-200 and still lead the National League.
Suffice to say, the Cardinals put a lot of pressure on opposing pitchers and that pressure gets to a lot of pitchers.
Tony Cingrani stood up to that pressure Saturday night and helped the Reds get a much needed 8-3 win against the Cardinals. One night earlier, St. Louis drilled the Reds 13-3. The Cardinals scored four runs off of Bronson Arroyo in the first inning Friday and never looked back.
The Cardinals were ahead 1-0 two batters into Saturdays game with a second potential run on second base but Cingrani left Carlos Beltran on the base paths by striking out Allen Craig, pitching around Matt Holliday, striking out David Freese and getting Daniel Descalso on a fly ball to right field.