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Game 44 - Boston Red Sox vs St. Louis Cardinals

Long time, no see, no talk? Let’s recap a Cardinal winner for a change, wuddya say?

The Cardinals bats broke out, loudly! For the first time this season, they hit four HR and also tied a season-high with 10 runs.

And they got going early off Bello, as Donovan welcomed him with a ground rule double down the left field line, just keep it fair. Noot came to the dish next and absolutely demolished a Bello changeup 430 feet to Freese’s Lawn to put the Cardinals up 2-0 after one.

The Sox would answer back quickly in the 2nd, getting three hits off Gibson. O’Neill (single) and Smith (double) led the inning off. Gibson would buckle down and fire off back-to-back strikeouts of Cooper and Grissom, with his sweeper, to almost escape the trouble clean.

But David Hamilton had different plans, roping a triple into the RF corner to even things up at 2-2.

The Cardinals got one back immediately in their half of the 2nd. Norm would get a center-cut sinker from Bello and deposit it the opposite way over the LCF wall to make it a 3-2 game.

And again, the Red Sox would get that run right back in the 3rd, courtesy of a 443 foot bomb from Rafael Devers.

Gibson really did what he needed to do in innings 4-6, needing just 31 pitches to complete three shutout innings. And the offense would take full advantage of those goose eggs, scoring a run in each of those three innings.

Burly would leadoff the 4th with his 5th HR of the season. Goldy would deliver an rbi single (scoring Donovan) in the 5th. And the 1st Masyn Winn HR of the season would bring in two in the 6th, barely sneaking over the wall in LCF to make it 7-3 Cardinals.

Burleson, Herrera, and Nado would all add rbi singles in the 7th and 8th innings to keep adding on. Five Cardinals would collect multi-hit games (Donovan, Goldy, Nado, Burly, Herrera) and seven would drive in runs (everyone not named Donovan or Siani).

Romero-Kittredge-King would work the final three innings in relief of Gibson (6+IP, 8H, 5ER, 3bb/3k) to secure the victory, 10-6.

Miles Mikolas (3-5, 6.19) gets the nod tomorrow night in game two, matching up against Kutter Crawford (2-2, 2.24). First pitch is scheduled for 6:15pm c/t.

Cheers, Stew


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