The Tigers took game one of the series, 10-4, backed by a strong pitching outing from Shane Greene and home runs from Yoenis Cespedes, Miguel Cabrera, and J.D. Martinez. Although he was charged with the loss, Carlos Martinez was leaps and bounds better than his pervious couple of starts. Detroit was able to smack around the the ‘pen enough for eight runs, something that was certainly not expected given the near-brilliance of it to date. The Cardinals did have some home runs of their own, thanks to Jhonny Peralta and Jason Heyward, but ultimately ended up dropping the opening game of the series.
The Cardinals were handed just their second series loss of the season, but they managed to end the series on a high note. Before they get set take on the New York Mets Monday, let’s break down the three game set that just ended a while ago..
Game two of the series was started by Tyler Lyons and David Price. Miguel Cabrera carried his team to a 4-3 extra inning victory and a series win. Undoubtedly the storyline from Saturday was Cabrera’s history making home run. The long ball was the four hundredth of his career, and it gave him the most home runs ever hit by a Venezuelan-born player. The Cardinals did bring some fireworks of their own as well with long balls from Matt Carpenter, Peter Bourjos, and Jhonny Peralta. Also, Carlos Villanueva continued his impressiveness in the long relief role. He went three and a third innings and allowed just four hits. In my mind, the Cardinals had a few chances to win this game. But, poor base running killed them. Oh well. There’s baseball for you..
Before today’s game, the Cardinals made a roster move to bring in a fresh bullpen arm. Tyler Lyons was sent to Memphis and Sam Tuivailala got the call back up. This, presumably, means that Jaime Garcia will get to take a shot at filling the “empty” starting rotation spot.
The third and final game of the series, the Sunday night game of the world, featured starts from Lance Lynn and Alfredo Simon. The Cardinals were able to glide passed the Tigers, 2-1, and hop back on the winning side of things. Kolten Wong delivered what proved to be the game winning RBI in the sixth inning when he hit his fifth dinger of the year, a no doubter over the Cardinals’ bullpen in right field. It’s easy to say the Cards wouldn’t have got this win as “easy” as they did if Lynn wasn’t on the mound. He was able to cruise around the Tigers’ lineup through seven and a third innings, allowing just one run and striking out seven. The impressive outing meant a lot to a bullpen that has endowed a heavy workload this season. Trevor Rosenthal collected his thirteenth save of the season.
The Redbirds will travel to Queens to take on Matt Harvey and the Mets tomorrow evening. John Lackey will toss it for the Cardinals. Jaime Garcia should be making his first start of the 2015 season on Thursday, the fourth and final game of the series.
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