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Series: Game 3 of 4

Cincinnati leads 2-1 (as of 9/4)

Game 1: Monday, September 2
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Game 2: Tuesday, September 3
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Game 3: Wednesday, September 4
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Game 4: Thursday, September 5
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Cardinals 5

(80-59, 39-34 away)

Reds 4

(78-62, 43-24 home)

    Coverage:  FSOH

    7:10 PM ET, September 4, 2013

    Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio 

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    W: C. Martinez (2-1)

    L: L. Ondrusek (3-1)

    Cardinals-Reds Preview


    It didn't take long for top prospect Billy Hamilton to make his presence felt.

    Hamilton and the Cincinnati Reds go for a fourth consecutive win over the slumping St. Louis Cardinals as these NL Central rivals meet again Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park.

    After entering as a pinch runner in the seventh inning, Hamilton stole his first base and then came around to score on Todd Frazier's double in Tuesday's 1-0 victory. The 22-year-old outfielder, who set a professional baseball single-season record by stealing 155 bases between Class A and Double-A in 2012, was called up the previous day.

    "He (manager Dusty Baker) said, 'I need you to get to second base,'" Hamilton said after his thrilling big league debut. "I was like, 'OK, I got you.'

    "That's my job -- stealing in important situations. This was a real big situation -- a pennant race."

    Hamilton's speed could make a big impact down the stretch. He was hitting .256 with six homers and 75 stolen bases in 123 games with Triple-A Louisville before getting called up.

    "Watching Billy run -- I can watch that every day," Frazier said.

    The Reds (78-61) had dropped 10 of 14 to the Cardinals before taking the last three meetings by an 18-2 margin. Cincinnati is now 1 1/2 games behind St. Louis (79-59) for the NL's top wild-card spot and second place in the division.

    The Cardinals have hit .176 and been outscored 32-10 in losing five of six. Matt Carpenter singled twice Tuesday, providing both the team's hits.

    Infielder Daniel Descalso is mired in a 3-for-32 slump, Jon Jay is 4 for his last 26 and Allen Craig is hitless in his last 10 at-bats.

    "We've got an offense that's played a lot of games this year and done extremely well," manager Mike Matheny said. "You can't start trying to reinvent the wheel."

    Matheny's club, though, could bounce back against Bronson Arroyo (13-10, 3.66 ERA). The right-hander is 8-16 with a 4.65 ERA in 35 starts versus St. Louis, by far his most losses against any opponent.

    Arroyo, 1-8 in his last 13 matchups against the Cardinals, is looking to avoid a fifth consecutive loss in the series after surrendering a season high-tying seven runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 13-3 defeat Aug. 2.

    "As good as they can be and as much as they grind at-bats, it's very difficult to kind of keep those guys down," he told MLB's official website. "They got a good ballclub, and they just beat me around the ballpark."

    Matt Holliday is 14 for his last 40 with four homers and four doubles versus Arroyo, and Jay is 14 for 34 with four extra-base hits.

    Arroyo was also knocked around Friday, giving up six runs in a season-low 3 1/3 innings in a 9-6 loss at Colorado.

    "That's just the way it rolls sometimes," said Arroyo, who saw his season-high four-start winning streak snapped.

    Arroyo could benefit from getting back home, where he is 9-3 with a 3.20 ERA in 16 outings, 14 of which were quality starts.

    The Cardinals counter with Shelby Miller (12-9, 3.13), who is 4-5 with a 4.68 ERA in his last 12 outings. The 22-year-old right-hander labored through 4 1/3 innings in Friday's 5-0 loss at Pittsburgh, surrendering five runs, eight hits and three walks.

    While Miller dropped to 2-5 with a 5.80 ERA in his last nine road starts, one of those victories came in Cincinnati. He allowed three runs and struck out eight in five-plus innings opposite Arroyo last month, improving to 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in two career matchups against the Reds.

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    Gameday Matchup

     St. LouisCincinnati
    Current StreakW6L5
    Last 108-24-6

    Pitching Matchup

    St. LouisCincinnati
    S. Miller
    15-9, 3.06 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/25 at STL
    6.0 IP, 1 ER
    Dec = Win
    B. Arroyo
    14-12, 3.79 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/28 at CIN
    4.2 IP, 6 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    NO.St. LouisCincinnati
    1. M. Carpenter, 3B S. Choo, CF
    2. C. Beltran, RF B. Phillips, 2B
    3. M. Holliday, LF J. Votto, 1B
    4. A. Craig, 1B J. Bruce, RF
    5. Y. Molina, C C. Heisey, LF
    6. J. Jay, CF T. Frazier, 3B
    7. D. Descalso, SS Z. Cozart, SS
    8. K. Wong, 2B R. Hanigan, C
    9. S. Miller, P B. Arroyo, P

    Research Notes

    What's been the cause of this issue with lefties? At least one of the reasons is Miller's curveball has become increasingly less effective, to the point where he drastically reduced how often he threw the pitch since against lefties since the start of July.
    From Elias: Matt Adams is the first player in MLB history to homer twice in the 14th inning or later.
    Matt Adams is the 2nd player this season to enter a game as a sub and then homer twice in extra innings. The other was the Phillies John Mayberry against the Marlins on June 4. In that game Mayberry hit a game-tying HR in the bottom of the 10th and then a walk-off Grand Slam in the bottom of the 11th.
    Years from now they may call a pinch-running appearance followed by a stolen base and a run as a "Hamilton". Reds rookie Billy Hamilton has done that in back-to-back days. Only two major-leagues have had more appearances like that this season and Hamilton was just called up about 48 hours ago.

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