The Cardinals successfully completed a series sweep of the Miami Marlins. With the assistance of outstanding pitching, the ‘birds were able to contain the heavy hitting Fish. I’ll take you through the exciting series and tell you all about the upcoming one!
Game one of the series was started by Jose Urena and Carlos Martinez. Carlos gave up three runs early, two via a Stanton homer, but he quickly settled down. Jason Heyward’s fourth-inning homer was the beginning of a game-tying inning for the Cardinals. The ‘birds scored a run in the seventh en route to a 4-3 victory. Trevor Rosenthal earned his twenty-second save of the season.
The innermost game of the three game series was started by Mat Latos and Jaime Garcia. Giancarlo Stanton homered off of Jaime. Also, the sky is blue. Kolten Wong’s two-run dinger was all the offense the Cards and Garcia would need. That wasn’t all the offense the bats would provide, though. Jason Heyward continued his hitting tear with a three-run bomb, and they also tacked on a run in the later innings. Garcia led the Cardinals to a 6-1 victory and a chance to sweep the series.
On Thursday, the Cardinals activated RHP Lance Lynn from the disabled list and optioned LHP Tyler Lyons to Memphis. Lyons was recalled on June twelfth when Lynn went down. Lyons won both of his fill-in starts, allowing five runs in ten innings. Lance would return back to the rotation Thursday evening.
The third and final game of the series and the three city-long road trip was started by Dan Haren and Lance Lynn. The Cardinals’ pitching continued their dominance and won the ballgame 5-1. Pete Kozma had a big night while starting in the place of Jhonny Peralta. Pete was 3-for-3 with an RBI and he scored two runs. Lance had a great first outing back. He pitched six innings and allowed only two hits.
I mentioned earlier Jason Heyward’s offense as of late. It was definitely worth my time. Over his last ten games, Jason has increased his batting average nineteen ticks and has murdered four balls. He is starting to present his capabilities to the Cardinal fan base, who were discouraged by his slow start. The four homers in his last ten games. Wow. He only has nine total on the season so far. Just for easy figuring, I’m telling you about his last ten games. But really his improved hitting has been a thing ever since Matt Holliday hit the shelf. Ahh, I love the Cardinals. They’re always backing each other up. It’s a big reason as to why this team is as successful as it is.
This weekend, the Cardinals are returning back to Busch Stadium for a matchup with the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs, who are eight and half games back of the Cardinals in the division standings, are looking to gain ground while the Cardinals are looking to pile it in. The Cards will start John Lackey to face Jake Arrieta of the Baby Bears.
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