Game 151 Recap vs Braves
Cards Knock Four HRs, Lizard King picks up 16th win in 11-6 win over Braves
The Cardinals would feast on Mike Foltynewicz in the very 1st inning of tonight’s contest, batting around, scoring 3 runs to jump out to the early lead. Folty looked to be huffing and puffing, bending over with his hands on his knees, gasping for air. I recall him having this same issue back in his start at Busch this year, although it was 150º.
Folty would work himself into trouble, walking the bases loaded (Carp, Swags, Trap House) with 2 away to bring in Yadi. Yadi would lean in to get hit on the elbow guard on an inside offering from Folty, getting the easy HBP RBI to make it 1-0.
KoWo had himself a game tonight, and it started his first at bat, ripping a hanging slider down into the RF corner to plate Swags and Gyorko for the 3-0 lead.
The Lizard King would toss 39 pitches thru his first couple of innings tonight, fanning two (Freeman & Folty), giving up 2 hits, singles to Acuña and Inciarte.
Folty would battle his way back into this game, working two 1-2-3 innings, throwing 19 pitches.
And just like that, the Braves answered with a two run 3rd. After Mik struck out Acuña on a slider to start the frame, Albies would draw a free pass to bring in NL MVP candidate, Freddie Freeman. Freeman got ATL right back into it, hitting his 22nd HR of the season to RF to make it a 3-2 game.
Mikolas ended his inning on his 36th pitch, striking out his 4th batter, getting Camargo on a two-seam fastball.
KoWo continued his great night, leading off the 4th inning with a solo blast to RF on a fastball from Foltynewicz to make it 4-2 Cards.
Mik worked his only 1-2-3 inning in the bottom half of the inning, inducing two grounders to Wong and striking out Swanson looking at a beautiful hook.
The Cards added two more runs in the top of the 5th, knocking three consecutive hits on Folty to begin the inning. Cafecíto ripped a double off the brick wall in RF, Pauly Deez blasted the 3rd Cards HR of the game, sending it to LF to make it 6-2. Swags continued the XBH theme, ripping another double off the brick wall in RF.
Weird things happened after this that aren’t worth explaining, and no more runs were scored this inning.
Liz King threw his final inning in the 5th, working a 7 pitch inning. He struck out his final batter to begin the inning, getting Ruiz (pinch-hitting) on three pitches.
Liz King’s final line: (5IP, 4 hits, 2r/2er, 1 bb, 6 k’s, 97 pitches)
Luke Jackson worked 2 scoreless innings innings in the 6th and 7th on 33 pitches. The Cards would strand two runners in the 7th, DeJong (double) and Trap House (fielder’s choice).
Meanwhile, the Braves scored 3 runs in the 6th and 7th to make it a 6-5 game.
Muñoz, the CFer (LOL), made two key errors in the 6th, his first coming on Inciarte with one out, a single that Muñoz misplayed, allowing runners to move to 2nd and 3rd for Flowers.
Flowers then delivered a sac-fly to Muñoz, who fired the ball back into 3B, airmailing it over Gyorko for his 2nd error of the inning, allowing Inciarte to score.
The Braves made things even more interesting on Dakota Hudson in the 7th, hitting three consecutive, two out, base hits. Albies singled to LF, Freeman singled to CF, and Markakis ripped an RBI double off the brick wall in RF. No idea why Freeman didn’t score, but I was alright with it.
Hudson escaped the 2nd and 3rd danger, picking up his only strikeout, getting Camargo on a high heater.
Haaaaaaaaarry Bader came thru in the clutchest of ways in the 8th inning, and get this, with two outs as well.
Biddle would allow back-to-back two out walks to O’Neill and Carp, Bader delivered the dagger, sending a 3-run bomb to LCF to make it 9-5 Cards.
Tsunami would come in to work the final two innings (or we thought), but he would work himself into quite the jam. Inciarte drew a leadoff walk, as Tsunami worked two quick outs on Flowers and Swanson. Duda (pinch-hitting) then drew a walk to bring in Acuña, who would rip an RBI single up the middle to make it a 9-6 game.
Carlos would walk his 3rd of the inning to load the bases vs Freeman, striking him out on a 3-2 slider, avoiding further trouble.
Yadi extended the Redbirds lead to 11-6 in the 9th with a 2-run shot to CF, scoring Trap House, who hit a ground-rule double to LF.
John Brebs and his amazing beard struck out the side in the bottom of the 9th to close things out for the 83rd Cardinals victory.
Big-G, Austin Gomber (5-1, 3.78) will take on Aníbal Sánchez (6-5, 3.01) in game-two tomorrow evening. First pitch scheduled for 6:35 c/t.
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