Cincinnati didn’t make the most of that generosity.
Eugenio Suarez launched a two-run homer in the first inning that scored Nicholas Castellanos after a walk. The other three batters given a free base did not advance past second against Ponce de Leon.
Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt doubled in the third inning to set up the go-ahead run. He has reached base in six consecutive plate appearances. In the series against the Reds, he’s reached base 10 times in 14 plate appearances.
He reached base in all four plate appearances Saturday and had three walks. He has a walk, the double, and a run so far Sunday.
Cardinals All-Star DeJong returns from COVID-19 list, starts at shortstop in series finale vs. Reds
When the global pandemic shuttered spring training and brought baseball to a complete halt in March, few players looked as ready for the regular season to start right that moment than shortstop Paul DeJong.
He had hit four home runs in the Grapefruit League, was toying with a .500 batting average (13-for-28), and had more RBIs (eight) than strikeouts (seven).
The work he put in all winter to adjust his stance at the plate, quiet his rhythm, and introduce breathing exercises to reduce the “anxiety” he described at the plate with runners in scoring position, was showing quick returns.