The Cardinals won another series this weekend, taking two of three from the Dodgers. Strong pitching and defense was the name of the game for the Cardinals. The slumping Milwaukee Brewers will come to town this week. Before I get into that, I’ll look back at the series that just ended.
Prior to Friday night’s game, OF Jon Jay was activated from the 15-day disabled list. His presence back to the roster definitely boosts the outfield game, now up to five.
The Cardinals shutout the Dodgers in game one, 3-0. Backed by John Lackey’s impressive seven innings, the ‘birds were able to shut down Los Angeles to just three hits. Though he was tacked with the ‘L’, Mike Bolsinger’s start for the Dodgers wasn’t anything to shake your head at. He went six innings and allowed just two Cardinal runs. The struggling offense of his team came back to bite him, too, and they dropped to 1-0 in the series.
Game two started over two hours after the regularly scheduled start time. The Dodgers started Carlos Frias and Michael Wacha took the mound for St. Louis. The Dodgers won game two, 5-1, and handed Wacha his first loss of the season. Michael had been un-hit table, literally, before entering the sixth inning. Coincidentally after people started to take notice of the zero in the Dodger hit column, LA tacked him for four runs. Three of the four runs came on a long ball from Yasmani Grandal. The Cardinals win Friday night and the Dodger victory on Saturday set up a rubber game on Sunday afternoon.
After walking in his first plate appearance of the game, Matt Holliday was lifted. The same flu-like symptoms that kept him out of action on Friday, knocked him out on Saturday. With the walk he drew, his on-base streak grew to forty-four.
The third and final game of this series was started by Carlos Martinez and Brett Anderson. On the one year anniversary of his best friend’s Major League debut, it was only fitting that Carlos pitched. Oscar Taveras, the one who brought life back to the Cardinals’ slumping offense, at the time, this day one year ago, passed away last October in a car accident. Martinez was able to turn his emotions into a wonderful start. Carlos threw seven innings and shut out the Dodgers on just one hit. He struck out eight along the way. Jhonny Peralta clubbed his eighth homer of the year en route to a 3-1 Redbird victory. Joc Pederson’s homer was the only Dodger run of the ballgame. Another series victory and the thirty-third win of the season. Trevor Rosenthal picked up his fifteenth save. Matt Holliday did not play today, presumably because of the sickness he has been dealing with this weekend.
This week, the Cardinals will take on the Brewers in a three game series at Busch Stadium. Game one of the series will feature Jaime Garcia and Mike Fiers. The ‘birds are looking to gain more ground on the Brew Crew in the National League Central Division. The Brewers are about seventeen games back of St. Louis in the standings.
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