Cards exterminate Snakes, ready for a weekend battle with the Dodgers

   This week, the Cardinals swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three game series at Busch Stadium. Two of the games were won with in the ninth inning or later. The Cardinals are back to having the best record in the game, 31-16, to date. I’ll take you through the series that was just wrapped up and let you know what’s coming up next! 

 The Cardinals were able to snatch up an extra inning victory on Monday, 3-2. Jhonny Peralta won the game in the tenth inning when he hit his seventh dinger of the year. Perhaps lost in the shuffle of the game were the starts that Chase Anderson and Carlos Martinez had. Anderson tossed six innings and allowed only two runs. He pitched seven shutout innings and struck out eight batters. Carlos could’ve gotten the win, much deserved, but Mark Trumbo homered off of the bullpen. Ultimately, though, the Cardinals took a 1-0 series lead. 
 Game two was started by Jaime Garcia and Archie Bradley. The Cardinals won, 6-4. Nick Ahmed homered for Arizona and Randal Grichuk went yard for St. Louis. Another plus from Tuesday’s game for the Cardinals was Garcia. Despite not putting up numbers like his first start, Jaime made it through six innings with zero walks. He walked five last go around. If he can continue feeling healthy while pitching, I think we can say we’ve found our man to fill the rotation spot. The ‘birds had won the series and were hungry for a sweep on Wednesday. 
 Matt Adams was forced to leave Tuesday’s game after hitting a double. He left with an apparent leg injury. It turns out that Matt has a right quad. strain and will have to miss anywhere from three to four months. A blow to the team, no doubt, but they will overcome it. Just watch…
 Game three was started by Lance Lynn and Josh Colllmenter. The Cardinals won the game, 4-3. Kolten Wong and Mark Trumbo each homered. Jason Heyward went yard to lead off the ninth inning, one which started with a 3-2 Arizona advantage. With one out and the bases loaded, Peralta grounded out, the fielder threw home to get the runner from third. Two outs. The catcher fired to first in an attempt to get the double play. He airmailed the ball over the first baseman’s head, allowing the runner to score! Crazy, but a win. Also, Matt Holliday reached base for the forty-third straight game! He broke the record for the Cardinals’ franchise, but for the modern-era of the National League. 
 The Redbirds will, finally, have an off day tomorrow. On Friday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers will be in town to start a three game weekend series. John Lackey will take the mound against Mike Bolsinger. This series should be a fun one. Jon Jay, who has been rehabbing with the Peoria Chiefs this week, is expected to return to the team on Friday. 
Thanks for reading! 

Twitter: @Curtis_Josey 
The photo above can be found on zimbio.com

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