The Cardinals squared off with the Phillies this Fathers’ Day weekend. After two blowout performances from the Cardinals in the opening two games, Philly rebounded in the finale. If you’ve been following the Cardinals over the last two weeks or so, you might’ve noticed the offense..or lack of. Coming into Friday, the MLB-leading Cardinals had posted just twenty-five runs dating back to June 8th. In that time frame, an equivalent to nine games, the ‘birds played the Rockies, Royals, and Twins. The Cardinals scored twenty-four runs in this series alone. I don’t care what you may think about the Phillies’ successes this season, or lack of, but this offensive turnaround means wonders. If St. Louis didn’t breakout like they did this weekend, who knows how long their offensive ‘woahs’ might’ve stuck around.
On Friday afternoon, less than twelve hours before the kick-off of the series, the Cardinals optioned pitcher Mitch Harris and catcher Ed Easley to the Memphis Redbirds and filled their roster spots with infielders Xavier Scruggs and Greg Garcia. Mitch Harris has some command issues that need to be worked out and Ed Easley just didn’t receive any game action. It’s not his fault.. He’s on the same roster as Yadier Molina. Xavier Scruggs and Greg Garcia will offer the Cards’ skipper more powerful options off of the bench late in games.
Game of of the series was started by Phillippe Aumont and Tyler Lyons. The Redbird bats fired on all cylinders for an outcome of twelve runs to win the ballgame, 12-4. Tyler had a nice outing, earning his second victory of the year. The only real blemish of his start was the three-run shot that he surrendered to Ryan Howard. Other than that big fly, that’s really all the Phils could put up against the dozen Cardinal runs. Yadier Molina, Kolten Wong, and Randal Grichuk homered for Saint Louis.
The middle game of the series was started by Aaron Harang and John Lackey. Much like the opening game of the three game-long matchup, the Cardinal offense exploded. The ‘birds scored ten runs on sixteen runs. Pretty nifty, right? The pitching was spectacular, as it usually is. Lackey tossed seven frames and allowed just one run- a homer to Cody Asche. If you’ve yet to figure, the Cardinals won the game 10-1. Outfielder Randal Grichuk went yard twice, his third homerun in two games. John Lackey picked up his first road win since he last on August 25, 2014.
Trevor Rosenthal is alive! He pitched the ninth inning of Saturday’s blowout over Philly. He walked a batter and struck out one. This was his first game since June 13th versus Kansas City. During the past week, Trevor had some right arm tightness. The tightness wasn’t anything that a few days of resting couldn’t cure…
The finale of the series began with Adam Morgan and Michael Wacha. Morgan, the left-hander freshly called up from the Triple-A level Lehigh Valley IronPigs, was making his Major League debut. Michael didn’t have an overpowering performance like we’ve become accustomed to seeing from him. The Phils roughed him up for five runs in as many innings. Philadelphia went on to score nine runs total against St. Louis’s two so the Phillies avoided the sweep 9-2. Adam Morgan had a beautiful debut outing. He made it through five and two-thirds innings, and allowed one run- a homer to shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Andres Blanco hit a pinch-hit three-run bomb off of Cardinal reliever Matt Belisle in the seventh inning. Jason Heyward continued his heated stretch of hitting with a homer in the ninth, but the bomb had little avail. Heyward is batting .355 so far this month with two home runs.
The Cardinals will travel down south to take on the Miami Marlins following the valuable off day on Monday. Jose Urena will take the mound for the Fish and the Cardinals will send Carlos Martinez out. Urena is 1-3 this season with an ERA of 4.18 in about thirty-two innings. Carlos will be on the hunt for win number eight and to build onto his “K” total of eighty-five.
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