Birds settle for series win, ready for Reds 

The Cardinals won two of three games this weekend. Their opponents were the Atlanta Braves. I’ll take you through the series, as well as fill you in on some other team news..

On Friday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals acquired right handed relief pitcher Steve Cishek from the Miami Marlins in exchange for Double-A pitcher Kyle Barraclough. Steve will definitely be a welcomed addition to the ‘pen, taking into consideration the heavy workloads Trevor Rosenthal, Seth Maness, and Kevin Siegrist have had so far this season.

Game one of the series was started by a pair of lefties- Tim Cooney and Manny Banuelos- who have both made their Major League debuts this season. Cooney won his first decision, 4-2. Randal Grichuk hit a two-run homer, his second in as many nights. Kevin Siegrist closed the game out, his fifth time doing so in 2015.

A day after earning his first Major League win, lefty Tim Cooney was optioned to Triple-A Memphis to not only clear a spot for the newly-acquired Steve Cishek, but to clear any forks in the road between Jaime Garcia and his return to the starting rotation. The move was certainly not one made due to lack of success on Cooney’s behalf, but to simply get Steve on the roster and Jaime in the rotation. Though the level of hitters aren’t fairly comparable to the ones he’ll be facing in the Majors, Jaime Garcia tossed the first five innings of a no-hitter on Thursday for the Class-A Peoria Chiefs.

The middle game of the series was a fun one. Carlos Martinez and Shelby Miller, two guys under the age of twenty-five who were both perfected in the Cardinals’ farm system, squared off against one another on Saturday evening. As you probably are already aware of, Shelby Miller was traded to Atlanta for Cardinal right fielder Jason Heyward. The young righties dueled, zero after zero after zero. Then, the pinch-hitter for Carlos Martinez in the bottom of the eighth, Stephen Piscotty, faced Luis Avilan who just came into the ballgame in place of Miller. With runners on the corners and only one out, Stephen flew out to right field. Pete Kozma, who was pinch-running for Yadier Molina, tagged and scored! 1-0 Cardinals! The game would end with that score. Martinez earned win number eleven and Randy Choate picked up the save.

The finale of this weekend series was started by Michael Wacha and Matt Wisler. Atlanta took an early 2-0 lead, and they would never fall behind in the game. Despite the Cardinals tying the game up in the fifth inning, Michael Wacha allowed a homer to Adonis Garcia that put the Braves back on top. The game would conclude with that score, 3-2.

Steve Cishek made his Cardinals debut on Sunday. He was able to pitch around a single and his own throwing error en route to a scoreless eighth inning.

The Cardinals will welcome in the Cincinnati Reds for a three-game series. Jaime Garcia is scheduled to start on Tuesday, which would be his first Major League outing since June 24th. He’ll have to wait until the middle game of the series. The opening game will be started by Lance Lynn and Raisel Iglesias.

Thanks for reading!

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