The Cardinals beat the Royals, 4-3, in a single game affair. The game, one that was originally scheduled to be the concluding game of a weekend series on June 14th, had to be postponed to Thursday evening due to some poor weather. Need a refresher on the first two games of the series? Click here! Otherwise, read on to see the events of the Cardinals’ Major League-leading 61st victory.
Ironically, John Lackey started this game for the Cards. (He was scratched down to pitch what was supposed to be this game back on June 14th.) Chris Young pitched for the Royals. KC was able to get to Lackey early by scoring two runs in the first. John was able to lock in to “Home John Lackey” mode and shut down the Royals for the next six innings. The Cardinals trailed 2-0 in this game for.. an inning and a third. Young couldn’t quite grasp the runs he was given- he allowed a two-run bomb to Randal Grichuk. That was Randal’s tenth homer of the year. Then, in the bottom of the third frame, Matt Carpenter jacked one. The Cardinals’ second two-run homer of the night and Carpenter’s tenth bomb of the year. The score would remain 4-2 until the ninth inning. Trevor Rosenthal took the mound. A single off the bat of Rios and a triple, courtesy of Infante, inched the Royals closer to the Cards in the run column. The now 4-3 score looked in jeopardy with a runner on third and no outs yet to be recorded. Thanks to the masterful mind of third baseman Matt Carpenter, the Cardinals were able to cut down the runner from third who attempted to score, respectably with his decent speed, on a ground ball. Now two outs in the inning, Rosey got Mike Moustakas to ground out to Kolten Wong. Another big red “W”.
Once recording the 27th out, Trevor secured save number thirty of the 2015 season. He is the fifth St. Louis closer with consecutive 30 save seasons. Being that he threw twenty-five pitches in this outing, his availability for the upcoming series isn’t easy to be judged. With Sam Tuivailala and Kevin Siegrist capable of closing games, I think it’s more than necessary that Trevor takes a breather.
The Cardinals will kick off a weekend series with Jason Heyward’s former team, the Atlanta Braves, on Friday night. Tim Cooney will square off against Manny Banuelos in game one.
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