Game 2 Recap:
Well, same stuff, different day for the second game of the Opening Series for the Cardinals.
The same frustrations we had in 2017, have somehow found a way to carry over these first couple games of 2018. (Strikeouts, fielding mishaps, pitchers walking batters, etc.)
Let’s break down the second game of 162 right here:
Michael Wacha found himself in trouble from the start, a 2 run 1st inning from the Mets started when Asdrubel Cabrera led the game off with a double into RF. Céspedes followed with a walk and later scored on a 2-run double from Todd Frazier. Wacha settled in the 2nd and 3rd innings, allowing no runs on one walk and a strikeout.
But then the problematic “third time” through the lineup came back to bite Wacha as Céspedes cursed a solo HR to LF. Two batters later, Wacha hit Frazier with a pitch and that drew the end of the day for the Redbirds hurler.
Bud Norris followed with 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits and recording 2 strikeouts. (d’Arnaud & Rosario)
Defensive lapses occurred on a couple occasions as well.
Jose Martinez losing a pop up in foul territory & the Wilmer Flores PH single off Tuivailala in the 8th inning that dropped in between DeJong, Wong, & Pham.
One defensive bright spot was Pham’s PO in the 6th inning on a Lagares single up the middle. Pham threw Adrain Gonzalez out at trying to snag an extra bag going from first to third on the base knock.