The Cardinals gave the White Sox a taste of their own medicine by sweeping a two-game series while on the road (Chicago took 2-of-2 from the ‘birds awhile back at Busch..) I’ll take you through wins number fifty-nine and sixty, a Major League debut, and a triple by perhaps the slowest Cardinal.. Yeah. Enjoy!
Stephen Piscotty made his heavily-awaited Major League debut this series. He was officially called up on Monday following Ty Kelly’s designation of assignment and Tommy Pham being optioned back to Triple-A Memphis. He would make his debut on Tuesday evening, playing left field and batting ninth..
Carlos Rodon and Michael Wacha started for their respected clubs in game one of the series. The Cardinals hammered down on Carlos through four innings to the tune of seven runs, four of them on Matt Holliday’s sixth career grand slam. Wacha was smacked around a bit, but the Cardinals’ rather vast score played in his favor. He gave up four runs over five innings but still earned win number eleven on the season. As for Piscotty.. He had a very memorable debut game! He recorded his first big league knock of many, I’m sure. He was credited for a single on a ball that was mishandled by Tyler Saladino. The ball and the bat he used to hit it were both relieved from their duties and will find themselves a place in Stephen’s home. Mark Reynolds, Tyler Saladino, and Geovanny Soto homered in this game also.
The second and final game of this series was started by John Danks and Lance Lynn. The two pitchers cruised along until the sixth inning, when the White Sox tacked Lance for a couple of runs. The Cards were shut out by Danks through six and two-thirds innings, but their offensive door wasn’t locked just yet. With the bases freshly loaded following catcher’s interference with Heyward batting, the Cards would have one of their best clutch hitters coming up. And clutch he was. Yadier Molina, yeah, Yadi, TRIPLED in the eighth… with the bases loaded! St. Louis took a 3-2 lead and would go on to win by that very score. Trevor Rosenthal shut down the Sox in the ninth for his twenty-ninth save of the year. Miguel Socolovich picked up his fourth win of the season to improve to 4-1. Stephen Piscotty also picked up his first Major League double. Congrats, Stephen!
The Cardinals will play the Kansas City Royals at Busch on Thursday, 7/23, to make up for the rainout back in June. John Lackey will toss it against KC’s Chris Young.
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Molina- STL Today
Piscotty- Fox Sports