CINCINNATI • For a team trying to defeat a hapless opponent and taking advantage of the many different ways it takes to win, the cardinals on Sunday helped out with a jug full of many, varied ones and True Wreaths (19659002) Carlos Martinez scored seven goalless innings, skipping eleven, and showed a series of pitches in the 3-2 win over Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park, where teammates and coaches looked for ways to describe them.
The squares had more movement than they had adjectives.
"Top shelf," said pitching coach Mike Maddux. "He can do things with the ball that many people can not do, not only is he hard to hit, he's hard to catch, the ball drops, he has his life on the high fastball, the four-seamer Slider has depth, breadth, and he mixes a curveball from time to time, and you go, "What was that?" His transformation ̵
The Cardinals' Bullpen, still closed by Bud Norris, allowed two homeruns, but Norris stopped in ninth to complete a four-game sweep of the Reds. The Cardinals had not taken four moves from the Reds in Cincinnati since July 10, 1949, four days before the baseball issue of the 16th All-Star match on the Ebbets field in Brooklyn.
Warnings were approved in the same week.  Harrison Bader put Martinez in the lead early on, before Homer Bailey took the lead 2-0 (3-0), and the Reds did not drop the scoreboard until Martinez beat the Bulls 3-0. The first dough Tyler Lyons faced, Billy Hamilton, married. Adam Duvall led the ninth against Norris with a home run, and a strange first-base play put the tie on second base. Tucker Barnhart tried to steal a punch with a money. His shoulder collided with the hand of Jose Martinez. Martinez was clearly in pain, although he remained in the game and showed no X-ray in the stadium no break.
The Reds challenged the outcome of the game – because in the chaos of the collision, the ball came in contact with a part of the ballpark that was out of bounds. After a 1-minute, 50-second review, Barnhart got the second base as the docking link. Norris kept the runner there.
The Reds, staggering at 2-13 and Edge Manager Bryan Price out on the plank, allowed the Cardinals to spend the weekend fearing on runs, on quality starts, on wins. One of the worst offenses, based on the average and the worst pitching staff based on ERA, the Reds were as reliable as an "applause" sign for anything the Cardinals tried. They won a game with a bombast of attack and scored 13 runs on Thursday. They held a closer game with Norris on Friday. They got the scene stealer from the understudy when Greg Garcia hit two homers on Sunday.
Martinez (2-1) underlined the series with a two-digit punch-through for the tenth caregiver. For the first time this season, the Cardinals have made a quality start for the third time in a row. Starters won all four games of the series, had a 2.16 ERA in their Queen City stay and allowed 15 hits in 25 innings.
"That's a lot of weapons to play," Matheny said.
He was Martinez, but his team also showed some.
The series finale was delayed by rain for 2 hours, 36 minutes, and lasted almost 2:40 to play. Martinez spent most of the delay in the player lounge, sharing a couch and music with Yairo Munoz. Matheny gave him updates on possible tee times, and Martinez nodded, rarely moving. Martinez said his entire goal was to be "quiet." He held some salsa music and as the delay continued, he turned to the country.
"That's it," he said. "Just everything calm."
In the first few innings, the ball was wet with lingering rain, and he never felt that he had a good grip on his new playing field, a cut fastball. It was not long before he had everything else. From the second to the sixth inning, Martinez took a 15-Bat track and allowed a ball out of the infield. He hit eight in that span. At one point he stroked four consecutive strokes – each on a field that made them clumsy or not swing. He raised a 96.6-mph fastball to finish the fourth with a strikeout, and then knocked out the side in the fifth inning. Pitch F / x data called each strikeout a slider, even though it might even confuse it.
Sometimes Martinez was able to throw three different pitches with three different movements and a speed between 82 mph and 86 mph. He deliberately gave the tag two different types of movements, one that looked almost like a screwball.
"It's digging, it's going from left to right," Maddux said, "from the side you do not know if it was a change or a slider. Sometimes you do not know. "
Said Price:" Here's a guy who came in at 95-100 mph and it was somewhere from 89-95, 96. Different arm angles, different speeds, different forms of his breaking pitches, different movements and actions. We had a lot of young people in the lineup, and he was a little too much for us.
The late rebellion of the Reds led to the Cardinals' first win this season moments around Martinez's overwhelming. Baders Homer was his first big-league shot into the opposing field, it was an emphasis for him after he With Yadier Molina's lead, Martinez came around Barnhart in the early innings to make him more accommodating hitters at the back end of the order. In the seventh, doubles Martinez and Molina followed with the Cardinals only at-bat with a runner in the standings on Sunday.
He settled home, which proved to be the winning run.
In the ninth, Hamilton had a chance to tie the game, but # Norris' last place Willie McGee had moved Bader closer to the left field line, which enabled him to catch Hamilton's Line Drive.
"Willie reads very well" said Bader.
Matheny hopes the team will read what this series shows them.
"I'm just trying to make guys feel good about their swings, feel good about this club," Matheny said. "There's every reason they should, and you need to be successful in doing so at the level you want."