The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds arrived in Monterrey, Mexico Friday to prepare for their upcoming two game series this weekend. Cardinals have been out on the turf familiarizing themselves with the field. Measuring, finding all the ‘nooks and crannies' unique to this venue. “The lay of the land”, so to speak. The game will be played in front of a capacity crowd of approximately 27,000 fans of baseball. To see two American teams face one another in their home territory.
In this series, the Reds will serve as the hosting ‘home' team. This will be the first franchise series for both teams in Mexico.
CARDINALS – REDS INTERNATIONAL TRAVELS
“The last international games Cincinnati played were at Toronto in May 2017 when the Blue Jays swept a three-game series at Rogers Centre. The last time the Reds played south of the border was 2003, when they dropped a three-game series vs. the Expos in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cincinnati also played the Expos often at Montreal from 1969-2003.”
“This will mark the third international city in which the Cardinals will play a regular-season game. St. Louis played annually in Montreal from 1969-2004 and traveled to Toronto for Inter-league series there in 2005, ’10 and ’14.” (per Jenifer Langosch and Mark Sheldon, MLB)
CARDINALS RELIEVER GIOVANNY GALLEGOS RETURNS HOME
For one of the Cardinals pitchers, reliever Giovanny Gallegos, by the luck of the draw recently is back in his homeland of Mexico. On April 7, Gallegos and LHP Tyler Webb were re-called from Memphis Triple-A, as pitcher Alex Reyes and OF/IF Yairo Munoz were optioned back to the Redbirds. Gallegos is the only Mexican-born player on either roster. The last he played in his homeland was in 2016 in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. He is a native of Obregon, Mexico, which is located on the western border of the country. His parents planned their 16 hour trip to be in Monterrey to watch their son now as a major league player.
Since his call-up last Saturday, he has pitched 1.1 innings with a very solid performance facing the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Cardinals 11-7 win, Thursday, April 11. He only gave up one hit while logging three strikeouts. No runs – earned or otherwise allowed and no free passes issued for his 0.75 WHIP. We all look forward, along with his parents, to see him back on the hill during this series.
Gallegos made his debut with the New York Yankees May 12, 2017. He came to the Cardinals in the trade with the Yankees which sent 1B Luke Voit to the east coast at the mid-season trade deadline in 2018.
INTERNATIONAL GAMES ALLOW A 26 MAN ROSTER
Since a 26 man roster is allowed for international play. The Reds called-up outfielder Phillip Ervin from Triple-A Louisville to be their 13th position player. Already in place on their roster are 13 pitchers. In the past two seasons, Ervin has been on the Reds “Yo-Yo Train”, as he has been called-up seven times.
The Cardinals added utility man Yairo Munoz for the series. Munoz made the Cardinals Opening Day roster for his second consecutive season. This season he was 1-for-4 in limited action before being optioned to Triple-A Memphis. Munoz is an asset due to his versatility in the infield or outfield and a potentially lethal bat. He slugged out a .276 BA/8 HR/42 RBI/16-2B off 81 hits in 108 games played for the Cardinals in 2018.
TV AND RADIO COVERAGE FOR THE GAMES
For the Reds, both games will be carried on Fox Sports Ohio on television and WLW-AM on radio as part of the Reds radio network.
In St. Louis, both games will be televised on Fox Sports Midwest* and air on KMOX 1120 AM. The Cardinals will offer a Spanish radio broadcast in St. Louis on WIJR 880 AM ~ Polo Ascencio and Bengie Molina, broadcasters.
Sunday’s game (4:10 p.m. ET) is also scheduled to be nationally televised by ESPN. (J Langosch and M Sheldon, MLB).
*FYI – As is the privilege of television networks, time's and channels are subject to change.
Sunday's game, has ” been moved to FSMW Plus”.
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