After sweeping the last two series, the Cardinals were given a taste of their own medicine by the bats of the Chicago White Sox. The South Siders swept the brief series of two games from the Cardinals, snapping their winning streak of six and giving them a losing streak of two. I’ll take you through the couple of games, one a historical one, and fill you in on all of the buzz surrounding the upcoming holiday weekend series.
Prior to the start of the series, the Cardinals placed RHP Matt Belisle on the fifteen-day disabled list. To fill the then now-vacant spot on the active roster, the ‘birds purchased the contract of Marcus Hatley, a right-handed relief pitcher, from Memphis. Since Hatley was yet to be on the 60-man roster ’till Tuesday, Jordan Walden would be transferred to the 60-day disabled list. This will not effect when Jordan is eligible to return to action since he’s already been on the shelf for sixty days and then some. Jordan is still aiming at a comeback around the All Star Break.
The first game of the two-game series was started by Lance Lynn and Chris Sale. (Jaime Garcia was originally scheduled to start for the Cards, but was scratched in favor of Lynn due to some groin discomfort. He and the Cardinals aren’t thinking disabled list right now, but we all know how Jaime’s luck is.. *sad face*) Nonetheless, Sale continued his streak of jaw-dropping strikeout performances. Chris, the twenty-six year old ace of the White Sox, joined Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball to strike out at least ten batters in eight consecutive starts. What better thing to do in your one hundredth Major League start than to tie a record set by Pedro? The White Sox won the ballgame, in eleven innings, 2-1, but Chris did not factor into the decision. The lone Cardinals’ run is credited to a tape measure homer off the bat of Randal Grichuk. Tyler Flowers hit a go-ahead shot in the eleventh inning off of Cards’ reliever Miguel Socolovich.
The finale of the quick series featured starts from John Lackey and Jose Quintana. The game, though overpowered by rain at times, remained well-pitched until the Cardinals’ bullpen had a rare “off-night”. If you’ve already stolen a peek at a box score, you probably saw that John Lackey got the loss. All is true, but his pitching isn’t really what’s to blame. Lackey was charged with a 7-1 loss, a start in which he gave up two runs over seven innings. Though he “deserved” the loss, I still feel the offense could’ve provided him with more than one tally. Chicago’s offensive matters seemed to have a whole different attitude when compared to that of St. Louis. Their two home runs, hit by Cabrera, a solo blast off of Lackey, and Flowers, a three run shot off Maness, were enough to beat the Cardinals. The Sox managed to add two insurance runs off of Randy Choate because, as we all should know, you’re never guaranteed a win until the final out. The smile-worthy news of the night for the Cardinals comes from the bullpen. Marcus Hatley made his big league debut. He pitched one inning and struck out one.
The Cardinals will welcome in the sub .500 San Diego Padres into Busch Stadium for a four-game series. Tim Cooney will start for the ‘birds against Tyson Ross of the Padres. This will be Tim’s second start of the year, both of them being, or soon to be, spot-starts.
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