The Cincinnati Reds have handed the St. Louis Cardinals their sixth straight defeat at Busch Stadium, winning 8-2 on a rain soaked Saturday afternoon and evening.
After the game and the conclusion of all the postgame interviews with the manager and players, the Cardinals sent out a news release that Manager Mike Matheny had been fired.
The game itself featured two rain delays totaling two hours and 43 minutes, but it was the second stoppage in play that cost the home team its starting pitcher and exposed yet another rough outing from its bullpen.
Starter Jack Flaherty was excellent, coming back after a 52 minute delay after the first inning, allowing just two hits in five innings, walking three and striking out five.
But when the second thunderstorm hit at the end of the fifth, it was nearly two hours before the rain stopped and the field was ready to play, marking the end of a day's work for both Flaherty and Cincinnati starter Luis Castillo.
At that point, the Cards had a 2-0 lead, thanks to Matt Carpenter's leadoff home run in the bottom of the first and an RBI groundout by Marcell Ozuna in the fourth.
But Cincinnati got back to back doubles by Joey Votto and Scooter Gennett when play resumed at 7:10 p.m., cutting the lead in half, 2-1.
Reliever Jordan Hicks came into the game in the seventh and promptly hit a batter and walked another one before giving up four singles as the Reds jumped in front 5-2.
Hicks (3-2) took the loss, lasting only one third of an inning and giving up four runs.
Enter Greg Holland, who allowed two more runs in the eighth and Bud Norris, who hit two batters, gave up two singles, threw a wild pitch, and committed an error as the last place Reds added another run in the ninth.
Austin Brice (2-2) got the win in relief for Cincinnati.
The Cardinals drop to one game over .500 at 47-46, and will try to get back on the winning track in the series finale Sunday afternoon, sending Miles Mikolas (10-3, 2.65 ERA) to the mound against the Reds' Anthony DeSclafini (4-1, 4,43 ERA).
First pitch is set for 1:15 p.m.
The last manager fired by the Cardinals during the season was Joe Torre, who was dismissed in 1995. Torre went to New York and managed the Yankees to a World Series championship the very next year, in 1996.
The six straight losses at home are a season high for St. Louis. Five out those losses were in front of a sellout crowd.
Carpenter's leadoff home run was the 19th of his career, putting him two behind Lou Brock for the franchise record at 21.
Holland made his 400th career appearance and surpassed 400 career innings as well in Saturday's game.