The Royals and Cardinals faced off this weekend in the I-70 series. Kansas City won the series, but the Cardinals didn’t let them go easy. This interstate matchup will continue later on in the month of June. While the Cardinals prepare for the upcoming series at home against the Snakes, I’ll break down the series that has just concluded.
Kansas City took game one of the series, 5-0, with lots of help from designated hitter Kendrys Morales. He hit two home runs off of Lance Lynn, one a three-run shot and one a two-run. The Cardinals were shutout, but it’s not like they weren’t given opportunities to get to Chris Young. They stranded thirteen men on the base paths, and if that happens you probably don’t deserve to win… Lance Lynn wasn’t performing at 100%, though. He suffered some back cramps, but they weren’t severe enough to boot him out of the game.
Game two was started by John Lackey and Edinson Volquez. Well, it’s acceptable to claim that Mother Nature must be a Royals fan. Saturday night’s game was called following five and half innings of play due to a forecast clogged with thunderstorms. KC won, 3-2, locking up a series victory. Me? Frustrated about this game? Slightly. Though the Royals won fair and square, the Cardinals had plenty of chances to break through with some offense, and, eventually, they would’ve capitalized. Oh, well. Perhaps the highlight of this game for the Cardinals was Matt Holliday getting plunked with a pitch. The bruise he’ll likely come to find must be the price to extend an on-base streak. He has reached base in every game he has played in, to this point (5/23), this year, forty.
Game three was started by Yordano Ventura and Michael Wacha. The Cardinals scored early and often to beat the Royals, 6-1. Michael continued his streak of superbness, going seven innings and allowing just one run. He is now 7-0 on the season. Matt Carpenter clubbed his eighth homer of the year on Sunday, as well. Matt Holliday was scratched from the starting lineup due to a left arm bruise, presumably from the two times he was plunked by pitches this series. His on-base streak remains at forty games. Wow.
The Cardinals will travel across state back to Saint Louis. They will begin a much-needed homestand with a three game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Carlos Martinez will look to carry over some of the success he had from his most recent start. The ‘birds have Chase Anderson to deal with.
I hope you are having, and continue to have, a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend! A huge thank you to the men and women who serve our country strong. Without their work, we may not be able to enjoy the greatness the game of baseball has to offer us.
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The photo of Wacha can be found on stltoday.com.