After an exciting weekend sweeping the Cubs, the Cardinals seemed drained tonight.
That, and the fact that Fernando Romero was filthy tonight, striking out 9 Cardinals batters.
Romero is the #2 prospect in the Twins organization, and we saw exactly why tonight.
John Gant would make the spot start for the Cardinals tonight, as Mayers would be sent back on the Memphis shuttle after his 3 inning win last night.
Gant’s first inning seemed like it was never going to end, totaling 32 pitches.
This isn’t what the team had in mind with a taxed ‘pen after 14 innings last night.
Kepler and Rosario would both drive in RBI doubles in the top of the 1st, giving the Twins an early 2-0 lead they wouldn’t let go.
Gant settled in his next two innings, retiring all 6 batters, adding 3 strikeouts to his line.
The Twins would add a run in the 4th on Bobby Wilson sac-fly to CF, a near 3-run HR, falling a few feet short.
Matheny would try and squeeze six innings out of Gant tonight, but Gant would give up a leadoff walk to Escobar. Two batters later, Robbie Grossman drove him in with an RBI single to RF, ending Gant’s night.
Gant line: (5.1 IP, 6 hits, 4r/4er, 2 bb, 5 k’s)
Matt Bowman and Luke Gregerson would have good outings from the bullpen, as Ryan Sherriff wishes he did the same.
Bowman pitched 1.2 innings, collecting 3 strikeouts, while giving up only one hit and one walk. (IBB to Adrianna)
Gregerson would work his second day in-a-row, getting the heart of the Twins order and setting them down quick.
This was Gregerson’s fifth appearance in-a-row without giving up a run, a positive takeaway from this lopsided affair.
The Cardinals would only muster three hits vs Fernando Romero, who struck out nine in his six innings of work.
Home plate umpire, Mike Winters, also helped him out more times than one.
Romero had a devastating slider and an above average fastball working tonight.
Fowler would nearly tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the 1st, to be robbed of a HR by Twins LF, Eddie Rosario.
The Cardinals struck out a total of 12 times tonight, walking three, on 4 hits.
DeJong was the only offensive bright spot going (3-4) with a double.
Swags Ozuna went (0-3) striking out looking all three times, also walked once.
All in all this game was pretty blah. Maybe a little walk-off hangover syndrome or something.
Just seemed like they lacked energy or a desire to win tonight.
Let’s see Tsunami start a new win streak for us tomorrow afternoon.
Carlos Martínez (3-1, 1.40) will matchup with St. Louis native, Jake Odorizzi (2-2, 4.10).
First pitch at 12:15 c/t.
Thanks for reading, cheers!
Stew // @StewStilez