After a promising first half of the four game split series for St. Louis, Minnesota quickly retaliated to win the next two. The Cardinals had plenty of chances to win these two games, but the offense couldn’t take advantage of them. I’ll take you through the last two games and set you up for the upcoming series..
Game three of the series, the first in Minneapolis, was started by Tommy Milone and Carlos Martinez. Both of the outings put up by Milone and Martinez were pretty nice, but, unfortunately for Carlos and the Cards, someone had to take the “L”. Due to the Cardinal offense, or lack of, Martinez was charged with a 3-1 defeat. He, who went six and two-thirds innings on two runs, was out-dueled by Tommy. Tommy pitched seven innings and allowed only one run.
The fourth and final game of this beginning-to-drag series was started by Mike Pelfrey and Jaime Garcia. Another two-way pitchers’ duel, another game that was capped by the Cardinals’ struggling efforts on the offensive side of things. The game was tied, 1-1, heading into the ninth inning. In the final frame of the afternoon, Kennys Vargas hammered a hanging Carlos Villanueva breaking ball into the right field bleachers for his third homer of the year, a solo shot to win the ballgame. Joe Mauer also homered for the home team. Jason Heyward went yard for the ‘birds.
A good note for the Cardinals comes from Trevor Rosenthal. Rosenthal, who was unavailable for pitching duties the first two games of this series because of some arm soreness, was, presumably, available to pitch today if the circumstances were in the correct favor. I say this because Kevin Siegrist, the man who has filled in for him during the past few days, pitched in his usual eighth inning role. So, if the Cardinals had a lead, Rosenthal more than likely would have been called upon to record outs 25-27.
The Cardinals are bound for the City of Brotherly Love for a weekend matchup with the recently-slumping Philadelphia Phillies, the team who has lost twelve of their last fourteen games. Cole Hamels was originally scheduled to pitch for the Phils tomorrow, but has been replaced by Phillippe Aumonte because of a hamstring injury. Tyler Lyons, who is filling in for Lance Lynn, will take the mound for the Cardinals.
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