Weaver and Offense Disappointing in 4-2 loss to Padres
Well, I didn’t think we’d be here talking about a series loss at home to the Padres, but we are. The Cardinals just finished their easiest 9-game stretch of the season, against all three last place NL clubs, going (4-5), dropping two series at home to the Marlins and now the Padres. The offense has gone completely silent for the second straight night. And Luke Weaver’s struggles continue. With all that said, if you want to stick around for this game 66 recap, more power to you.
Luke Weaver’s last start in Cincinnati didn’t go his way due to walks dooming him, the trend followed Weaver into his start tonight. With two outs in the 1st inning and Spangenberg on base from a single, Weaver would walk Villanueva on four pitches, putting two on for Freddy Galvis. Galvis would make Weaver pay, drilling a 2-run double to LF, making it 2-0 Padres. Weaver picked up his first strikeout to end the inning on Reyes.
Harrison Bader, batting in the leadoff spot, ripped a single to start the game for the Cardinals in the bottom of the 1st. Bader would be picked off by Lauer just as fast. The lefty’s move is very good, but I’d like to slow some replays down and see if his front leg crosses, because it’s close. After the pickoff, Pham would single, but Cafecíto and Ozuna would be retired, stranding Pham.
Kolten Wong flashed some leather in the top of the 2nd, starting a double-play on Lopez, ranging to his right to take away a possible base knock. Weaver ended the inning striking out his counterpart, Lauer, on a cutter.
Eric Lauer silenced the bats the next few innings, the complete opposite from his start in SD on 5/11. The Cardinals were aggressive against the lefty too, swinging at a handful of first pitches.
Weaver found a little groove as well, until the top of the 6th inning rolled around. The 3rd-5th innings Weaver would allow 4 hits, striking out Galvis on a fastball in the 4th.
The Padres would extend their lead in the top of the 6th, ending Weaver’s night after 5.1 IP. After Galvis lined out to Wong, Reyes would hit a double to CF, the ball popping out of a diving Pham’s glove. Manuel Margot, aka 50 Cent’s lookalike, ripped an RBI triple to RF, making it 3-0 Padres. Austin Gomber would relieve Weaver, giving up a broken bat bloop single the opposite way to LF off the bat of Lopez, making it 4-0 Friars. Gomber retired the next two he faced, ending the inning.
The Cardinals cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the 6th, finally getting to Lauer. Cafecíto flared a one out single into RF and Swags would bring the thunder with a 2-run blast to Freese’s landing in CF, traveling 420 feet, making it a 4-2 game. That’s when the Padres bullpen came in and crushed the Cardinals hopes, throwing 3.1 scoreless/hitless innings.
John Brebbia threw a scoreless/hitless 2 innings himself, striking out three (Margot, Lopez, Jankowski) Padres. Brebbia is looking like he’s becoming the Brebbia of 2017, which would play a vital role in this bullpen.
Brad Hand earned the save, his 21st of the season. The Cardinals had 8 hits, 7 of which were singles, dropping the series to the Padres. Cafecíto will head to the paternity list Friday, as he is going back to Venezuela for the birth of his second child. The Cardinals will call up Luke Voit for the upcoming three-game home series vs the Cubs to fill Cafecíto’s roster spot.
The Cardinals (36-30) have the day off tomorrow before welcoming in the Cubs (38-27) for a weekend series. Michael Wacha (8-1, 2.47) will look to get the Cardinals back to winning ways as he faces off against the lefty, Jon Lester* (7-2, 2.22). First pitch 7:15 c/t.
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by Stew // @StewStilez