Cards sneak passed Tribe, get set for the Tigers



   The Cardinals wrapped up another series victory this afternoon in Cleveland, Ohio. They were looking to rebound from last weekend’s series loss, and they did just that. Backed by strong pitching, the Birds’ were able to take two of three from the Tribe. I’m sure Matt Carpenter’s return was also a factor (he stayed back in St. Louis while the Cardinals were in Pittsburgh due to extreme fatigue). The Cardinals have another series with an American League ball club this weekend, but before I get into that I’ll look back on the one that just ended..

 Game one was started by Lance Lynn and Carlos Carrasco. The Cardinals won the game, 8-3, backed by a strong outing from Lance Lynn. He went six innings, allowed just four hits, and struck out nine Indians. The players of the game in my eyes, other than Lance Lynn, were Mark Reynolds and Matt Holliday. Reynolds, the DH of the game, went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Matt Holliday went 2-for-5 with four RBIs, three credited to a three-run homer in the eighth inning. Yadier Molina exited late in the game with some back tightness. All was precautionary and he returned to the field the following game. John Lackey faced off against last year’s American League Cy Young recipient, Corey Kluber, in game two. 
 Game two was one for the books.. Well, for the Indians. Corey Kluber became the first pitcher ever to strike out eighteen batters over eight innings while allowing just two hits and no walks. Yeah, eighteen batters! Tip of my hat goes out to him, respectfully. John Lackey didn’t have a game quite this outstanding, but his outing was pretty solid. A shaky first frame by John led to two runs for the Tribe. Despite that, he was pretty solid. Regardless, Corey led his squad to a 2-0 victory and a chance to take the series. Matt Holliday had to leave the game after being plunked in the elbow by a 95+ MPH fastball in the first. After his exiting, a further scan showed that all he suffered was a deep bruise. He would return to the lineup on Thursday.
Oh, and if you have a question as to who the player of Wednesday’s game was, I suggest you turn in your baseball fan card… Just saying.. 
Prior to Thursday’s game, the Cards placed OF Jon Jay on the fifteen day disabled list. 1B Xavier Scruggs was recalled from Triple-A Memphis to fill the vacated roster spot. 
 The rubber game of the series featured a pair of young righties, Michael Wacha and Trevor Bauer. It was a pitchers’ duel to say the least. Michael Brantley homered in the sixth to give his team a 1-0 lead. Oh, but the Cardinals wouldn’t let that stand. Matt Carpenter smacked a ball into the outfield bleachers well enough for his sixth long ball of the season. I’d say he is feeling a bit better. Scoring Bourjos and himself, Carpenter took Wacha off of the hook and gave the Redbirds a 2-1 advantage. The Cardinals went on to win by that score and win another series. Trevor Rosenthal sealed the deal on his twelfth save, good enough for second in the Majors. My player of the game is Matt Carpenter, most thanks to the go-ahead two-run shot. 
 Friday night the Cardinals will kick off a brief home stand with the Detroit Tigers. The series features interesting pitching match ups, and tomorrow night‘s game is no exception. Shane Greene is pitching for the Big Cats. He is looking to carry over the impressiveness from his last start, one where he made it through eight innings and allowed just one run. Carlos Martinez will toss it for St. Louis. He is looking to improve from his previous two starts.. 
Thank you for reading!
Twitter: @Curtis_Josey 

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