Cards snap losing streak with wild 11-8 win vs Nats, belt 5 HRs
So, I gotta be up early, the game lasted 4 hours and 10 minutes, and the Cardinals won. So I’m gonna do us all a favor and keep this one short and sweet since we snapped that ugly 3-game bender we were currently on before tonight’s HR derby output.
Erick Fedde and Johnny G matched up in D.C. tonight, both not lasting past the 5th inning. The Cards would tag Fedde for a 4 run 2nd inning to jump out to an early 4-0 lead. Swags officially welcomed himself back with a monster solo HR to LF to leadoff the inning. Pauly Deez and Yadi followed with back-to-back singles and Harry would be walked to load the bases. With two away, Carp, the Leadoff Guy would rip a bases clearing single into RF, Harry zooming from first to home on the error from Eaton in RF. Besides this inning, Fedde did everything effectively, working 3 perfect innings.
Fedde’s final line: (5IP, 4 hits, 4r/4er, 2 bb, 7 k’s, 91 pitches)
Johnny G on the other hand wouldn’t give up his first base-hit until the bottom of the 4th, when Turner led the inning off with an infield single to Wisdom. Gant would induce two double-play balls during his outing, but the walk trend continued to plague him, as he walked 5. The Nats plated 4 runs to tie the game 4-4 in the bottom of the 5th. After Gant loaded the bases with a walk to Stevenson, Webb would come in to relieve him, striking out Eaton, then walking Turner to bring in a run. Harper then hit a two-run double to LF to make it a 4-3 game. Rendon was then intentionally walked to load the bases for Soto, who would walk to bring in the tying run. Ross came in for Webb to strikeout the final batter of an absurd inning.
Johnny G’s final line: (4.1IP, 2 hits, 3r/0er, 5 bb, 2 k’s, 87 pitches)
The Cards teed off for a little bit of HR Derby at Nationals Park, probably no coincidence with the ASG this year, clubbing three solo-HRs in the 6th inning. Swags (x2) and Pauly Deez opened the inning with back-to-back jacks, both going the opposite direction. Patty the Wiz kid joined them two batters later, demolishing his 3rd HR of the season, opening the lead to 7-4.
Difo led off the bottom of the 6th with a solo HR to RF to make it 7-5.
Yadi the Goat Molina gave the Cards a lot of cushion and breathing room in the top of the 9th, unloading the bases with one swing of the bat. Yadi crushed a high inside fastball from Sammy Solís over the LF wall for his 6th career grand-slam, making it 11-5 Cardinals.
Leone, Brebs, and Hicks all combined in some way or another to close down the late rally from the Nats, all appearing in the bottom of the 9th. Muñoz would be tested by the baseball gods a couple times this inning, one play bringing back a Zimmerman three-run HR, holding him to a double. If Muñoz would’ve held on to this ball, it might’ve been the play of the year. Instead, Hicks would have to come in for the games final out, getting Wieters to ground out to Garcia on the 6th pitch, Garcia diving well into the hole on his left side to take away the single for the Cardinals 11-8 victory.
The Lizard King (13-4, 2.96) takes on Tanner Roark (8-14, 4.03) in the rubber match tomorrow evening. First pitch 6:05 c/t.
Thanks for reading, cheers!
Game 139 is in the books