Game 145 Recap vs Pirates
Cards snatch another series with 11-5 thumping of Pirates, Mikolas picks up 15th victory with dominant 7 innings, O’Neill caps it off with 3-run bomb in 8th
The Cardinals tallied a couple 1st inning runs for the Lizard King tonight, getting things started with a leadoff walk from Carp. Joe Musgrove the served an opposite field single into RF off the bat of Cafecíto. After Big City lined out back to Musgrove, Swags plated both Carp and Cafecíto on a double into LF, his 77th & 78th RBIs of the season.
The Lizard King stranded two runners in the top of the 1st inning, striking out Dickerson on a beautiful curveball to end the inning. He picked that up exactly where he left off, striking out the side in the 2nd inning on 18 pitches. Moran struck out on a heater, Kramer on a slider inside, and Newman also fell victim to an excellent slide piece.
The Liz King wasn’t done though, he began the 3rd inning with his 5th consecutive strikeout, getting his counterpart looking at a bender to bring in the top of the order.
Mikolas breezed thru the 3rd on 11 pitches, retiring the side in order getting Frazier to fly out and Marte to ground out to Carp.
After Swags two-run double in the 1st, Musgrove set down the next 14 in-a-row.
Mikolas would struggle through the 4th inning, letting the Bucs cut the lead in half to make it a 2-1 Cards lead.
The Bucs would rip 3 hits in the inning getting things rolling with a leadoff double from Bell to LF. After Cervelli grounded out to DeJong, Dickerson connected with an RBI single to RF. Moran followed that with a single of his own into RF to bring in Kramer. Mikolas settled back in and got Kramer and Newman to fly out to end the inning, stranding two.
Musgrove was still grooving and getting swings and misses and whatnot.
Mikolas would throw 23 pitches to get thru innings 5 & 6. After a 1-2-3, 10 pitch 5th inning, Bell would leadoff the 6th with an infield single to Deez. Cervelli then grounded into a 5-4 fielder’s choice to bring in Dickerson, who grounded into the inning-ending, 4-6-3, double-play.
The Cardinals added 2 runs in the bottom half of the 6th, Leadoff Guy beating the shift with a single into RF to begin the inning. Martínez drew a walk to bring in last night’s hero, Big City, who beat the shift as well, singling the opposite way to LF, loading the bases.
Swags wouldn’t cash in on the situation, striking out on a changeup from Musgrove, his 7th k of is outing. Pauly Deez connected with a sac-fly to Marte to plate Cafecíto to make it 4-1 Cards. Mugrove ended his night by striking out KoWo to end the inning, his 8th punch out of the evening.
Mikolas would toss his final inning in the 7th, working a perfect inning on 12 pitches, striking out his 6th and 7th batters of the game (Moran & Kramer).
Lizard King’s final line: (7IP, 5 hits, 1r/1er, 1 bb, 7 k’s, 107 pitches, 74 game score)
Feliz, Brault*, and Anderson would combine to work the 7th inning for Hurdle and the Bucs pen, giving up another insurance run. Feliz struck out Bader (3rd k of the night) before giving up a single to Peña to LF. With Greg Garcia announced as the pinch-hitter for Mikolas, Hurdle would turn to a lefty of his own, going with Brault*. Shildt would pull back Garcia, going with a right-handed bat in Tyler O’Neill. O’Neill and Carp drew back-to-back walks to load the bases.
Hurdle would turn to his pen again, rolling with Anderson.
Anderson would throw a wild pitch with Cafecíto at the dish, Peña coming across the plate to make it a 5-1 game.
Bud Norris was given the 8th inning tonight, tossing a perfect 1-2-3 inning. Norris would strikeout Frazier on a slider in the dirt for the second out of the inning. Of concern during his outing, he appeared to injure his legs somehow, and he hobbled off the field with a little limp after staying in the game, getting Marte to ground out to KoWo.
The Cardinals broke things wide open in the bottom of the 8th, adding 6 runs to their line.
With Burdi making his MLB debut, Wong would go the other way with a one-out single, Harry then walked, and Peña reached on an error from Moran, allowing Wong to come around and score.
Prince Sex delivered the final blow, sending a moonshot to LF (457 feet, 113 mph) on a 3-0 count to make it 9-1 Cards.
Holmes would come in to try and get the final two outs, serving up back-to-back hits to Carp and JAG (pinch-hitting). JAG delivered a double into LF, scoring Muñoz (pinch-running for Carp). Big City then collected his second opposite field single and Swags connected with his 3rd RBI of the night, hitting a sac-fly to Marte to make it 11-1.
Luke Weaver (0.2IP) and John Brebbia (0.1IP) combined to get the final 3 outs for the Cardinals pen, Weaver having a handful of struggles. Weaver would serve up 5 hits while recording only 2 outs; Lavarnway would hit a double to RF, Dickerson then hit an RBI double to RF, Kramer hit an RBI single to RF, and Newman hit an RBI double to LF, making it 11-4 Cards.
Luplow then drew a walk and Frazier sent an RBI double to RF, plating Newman to make it 11-5.
Brebbia would have to come in to record the final out, getting Osuna to ground out to Pauly Deez on his 2nd pitch, giving the Cardinals another series win, extending their lead for the 2nd WC spot by 3 games over the Dodgers (who come to STL for 4 games starting Thursday).
Daniel Poncedeleon (0-1, 2.67) has been moved up to start tomorrow afternoon’s game, pushing the rest of the rotation back. Ponce will be matched up against Jameson Taillon (12-9, 3.40).
First pitch 12:15 c/t.
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