The Calendar Turns to August and Rookie Arms Guide the Cardinals to a 6-3 Win, Yadi Delivers the Dagger with 2-run Double in the 8th
Luke Weaver started things off this evening evading trouble in his first inning of work, stranding runners at the corners on 20 pitches. Desmond and CarGo would each hit a single in the inning as Weaver picked up his first k to end the inning, getting Story to swing and miss at a fastball.
Kyle Freeland worked a scoreless first inning himself, picking up two strikeouts in the inning on Carp and DeJong. Yadi (3-5) singled in the inning, getting left on first after an Ozuna 4-6 fielder’s choice.
Swags then proceeded to rob Parra of extra-bases leading off the 2nd inning, leaping close to the warming track to secure the out. Weaver then walked McMahon but bounced back, striking out Iannetta on a changeup and getting his counterpart to ground out to Cafecíto.
Weaver would run into a ton of trouble in his 3rd inning tonight, unable to escape the inning, only recording two outs on 36 pitches. After getting Blackmon to fly out, Weaver would walk Desmond and give up a single to Arenado. Weaver then picked up a huge strikeout on CarGo, getting him to swing and miss at a good fastball. Trevor Story made sure Weaver wouldn’t get off the hook easy, lining an RBI single to LF, scoring Desmond to make it 1-0 COL. Parra followed that with an RBI double of his own to LF, scoring Arenado to make it 2-0 COL. With Weaver at 36 pitches, Shildt would turn to his bullpen, going with Daniel Poncedeleon. Ponce would get the final out, striking out McMahon on a fastball on the seventh pitch of the at bat.
Weaver’s final line: (2.2IP, 5 hits, 2r/2er, 2 bb, 3 k’s, 74 pitches)
The Cardinals cut the Rockies deficit in half in the bottom of the 3rd. After Poncedeleon batted for himself, grounding out to Story, Carp would reach base with a walk to bring in Yadi. Yadi would connect with his second single of the night, putting two runners on for DeJong. Pauly D would break an (0-17) stretch, drilling an RBI single down the 3B line, off the glove of a diving Arenado, into LF to make it 2-1 Rockies. Freeland retired the next two, getting Swags to pop out to 3B and Cafecíto to ground out to 2B.
Poncedeleon would work the next two innings for the bullpen, throwing a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 4th. Ponce would get two fly outs to Swags to begin and end the inning, mixing a strikeout of Freeland on a changeup in between. By the way, Poncedeleon’s changeup is freaking amazing.
The Cardinals would push across the tying run in the bottom of the 4th, and you won’t believe who drove in the run. Yairo Muñoz opened the inning with a single to LF. Freeland followed that by picking up a strikeout of Fowler on a good slider. Bader (3-4) then picked up his first hit of the evening, hitting a single to LF with Muñoz running on the play, advancing to 3B as Bader took 2B on the throw. Poncedeleon, batting for himself, hit the first pitch thrown his way, grounding out to Story, but also driving in the game tying run in Muñoz, making it 2-2. Also his first career RBI, congrats Ponce.
Ponce would get his last inning of work in the top of the 5th, allowing a one out walk to Arenado. Ponce then got CarGo to roll over a grounder to Muñoz at 2B, grounding into the fielder’s choice. Ponce ended his night getting Story to groundout to DeJong to end the inning.
The Cards would try and string together a two-out rally in the bottom of the 5th. Freeland got two quick outs on Yadi and DeJong, as Swags and Cafecíto followed that up with back-to-back singles. Freeland would escape the jam, getting Muñoz to swing and miss at a slider in the dirt.
Austin Gomber, who I thought was supposed to start this Saturday, got the 6th inning tonight. Gomber got two quick outs, striking out Parra looking at a knuckle-curve, upon entering. After getting McMahon to ground out, Gomber walked Iannetta to bring in the pitcher, Freeland, who would strikeout looking at a fastball.
Bud Black has done his best Mike Matheny impersonation this series, doing it once more tonight. With Freeland getting up there in pitch count, Bud would leave him in to begin things in the bottom of the 6th, striking out Dex. Harry Bader then hit a double down the RF line, hustling all the way, thinking two out of the box. Tyler O’Neill would pinch-hit for Poncedeleon, coming through clutch with an RBI single up the middle to make it 3-2 Cardinals. With Carp batting, O’Neill would steal 2B, and Carp would draw a free pass. With the right-handed majority of the order coming up, Oberg would come in to work the final two outs. With Yadi batting, Carp would steal his first base in ages, congrats salsa guy.
Dakota Hudson would throw an 8-pitch, 7th inning, getting two quick ground outs of Blackmon and Desmond. Arenado would fly out to RF to end the inning.
Shaw would come in to work the bottom of the 7th for the Rockies, giving up a leadoff single to Swags Ozuna (3-5). Swags would move up to 2B on a wild pitch from Shaw. Shaw then picked up back-to-back k’s on Cafecíto and Muñoz, both coming on the cutter.
Jordan Hicks would record his 15th hold of the season in the 8th inning. After getting CarGo to ground out to Muñoz, Hicks would give up a one-out walk to Story. Hicks then got Parra to fly out to Swags, extending the inning to McMahon. McMahon would rip a single up the middle, bringing In Iannetta, who would line out to SS.
The Cardinals would plate 3 insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th, getting things started with an infield single from Harry Bader. With Gyorko batting, Bader would steal second base on the strikeout by McGee. Carp would work a walk with McGee still on the mound, bringing in the hottest 2-hole batter in the baseball. Yadi made em count, clobbering an RBI double into LCF, scoring Harry and Carp to make it 5-2. Almonte would come in to secure the final tow outs, getting DeJong to swing and miss at a slider. Swags then blooped an RBI single into LF to make it 6-3.
Mike Mayers, or as Mike Shildt referred to him in the post-game presser as “Michael Mayers,” would work a fantastic 9th inning for the Cards. Mayers would strikeout the pinch-hitter, Murphy, on a fastball, before walking Blackmon. Mayers picked up his second out on a strikeout of Desmond, getting him to swing and miss at the slider. Arenado would keep this game rolling, drilling an RBI double into the LF, scoring Blackmon to make it 6-3 Cards. Mayers ended the game and his night getting CarGo to swing and miss at an excellent slider, as the Cardinals hang on to beat the Rockies, 6-3.
The Lizard King (11-3, 2.83) looks to get the Cardinals a series win today as he faces off against Antonio Senzatela (4-3, 5.01). First pitch 12:15. c/t
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Game 108 is in the books