’68 throwback unis were worn, as the Tigers walk-off the Cards for the second night in a row 4-3
Well this recap will be easy for all parties involved. Matthew Boyd and Jack Flaherty matched up in game-two, Boyd doing that thing that left-handed pitchers do to the Cardinals when they are not familiar with them.
So, yes, that naturally means he would strikeout 11 batters, giving up only one hit thru the first 7 frames, a two-out double from Muñoz to LF in the 2nd. Boyd threw six 1-2-3 innings, striking out the side in two of those innings.
Other than Harry Bader getting robbed of a solo HR to end the 5th, the offense was completely nonexistent.
Flaherty on the other hand struggled his first couple of innings, running his pitch count up to 49 pitches. The walk bug came to find Flaherty, as he would give up 4 free passes in his 5 innings of work. Candelario opened the evening for the Tigers with a walk, Adduci snuck a single under Pauly D’s glove, and Castellanos drew a walk to load the bases for Martinez. With Martinez batting, Flaherty issued a wild pitch, bringing in Candelario for the 1-0 lead. Martinez then ripped a sac-fly to O’Neill to bring in Adduci for a 2-0 advantage. Jack would get back-to-back k’s on Goodrum and Mahtook to end the inning.
Jack picked things up where he left off, opening the 2nd with a strikeout of Greiner. Lugo then reached on a fielding error from Wiz and Reyes followed with a single into LF. Candelario would pop out to Wiz for an infield fly rule and Adduci would strikeout to end the inning.
The Tigers added another run in the bottom of the 4th, get this, with two outs. Reyes reached via an infield single and Candelario would drive him in with a bloop single into CF. Bader didn’t get a good read on the ball, breaking back before busting his tail towards the infield. And he still almost got to the damn thing.
Flaherty’s final line: (5IP, 4 hits, 3r/3er, 4 bb, 6 k’s, 92 pitches)
Poncedeleon worked a fantastic couple of innings for the pen in the 6th and 7th. Greiner drew a leadoff walk before Wiz would rob Lugo of a single to LF, recording the 5-4 fielder’s choice on the play. Ponce ended the inning on his 10th pitch, covering the 1B bag perfectly on the speedy Reyes, inducing the 3-6-1 double-play. Ponce picked up his lone k to leadoff the 7th, getting Candelario to whiff at an excellent changeup.
They finally did it, the Cardinals finally did it, they scored on Matthew Boyd. Pauly Deez opened the 8th inning sending a solo HR to RF, barely clearing the wall to put the Cards on the board, 3-1. Boyd then walked Muñoz to end his evening. Wilson and Stumpf came in to work the final 3 outs of the inning.
Brett Cecil made a short appearance in the 8th, walking Goodrum to start the inning. So you could say Cecil was being Cecil. Mahtook then grounded into a 6-4 fielder’s choice and Greiner followed with a single, ending the Cecil experiment. Brebs came in and worked out of the mess, getting Lugo to bounce into the twin killing, 5-4-3 to end the inning.
Shane Greene came in looking to shut the door for his 29th save, and he was oh so close. The Leadoff Guy showed his wheels to start the inning, reaching on an infield single to Adduci at 1B. Cafecíto and Prince Sex would strikeout to bring in Swags for the final chance. Swags, who has two multi-HR games since the WSH series, smacked his 5th HR in 4 days, tying things up at 3-3. This HR reminded me of the Jhonny Peralta HR off Pedro Strop at Wrigley Field a few years back.
But the Cardinals being the Cardinals decided they would take the bottom of the 9th off. Bud Norris was brought in to try and put his demons to rest, and we know how this one ends. An error, a walk, a sac-bunt, an intentional walk, and a wild pitch to crush the Cardinals for the second night in-a-row, winning 4-3.
John Gant (6-5, 3.19) looks to salvage game-three for the Cards tomorrow afternoon, as he will be matched up against Michael Fulmer (3-10, 4.57). First pitch 12:10 c/t.
Thanks for reading, cheers!
Game 142 is in the books