The Cardinals won another series, this one against the Miami Marlins. The season series between these two clubs is now finished, the Cardinals winning it five games to one.
The opening game of the series was started by Jaime Garcia and Tom Koehler. Not to dampen Koehler’s stellar outing of seven innings and two runs, but Jaime was the pitcher of this ballgame. As he flirted with a complete game and a shutout, it’s eyebrow-raising knowing that Garcia is the first Cardinals starter to record an out in the ninth inning this season. Yes, you read that correctly–The Cardinals rotation does not have a complete game this season, but clearly they don’t need one to be successful (Not counting Lackey’s rain-shortened complete game against Kansas City). Jaime’s outing concluded at 8 1/3 innings, just after he hit and walked a batter, and gave way to Trevor Rosenthal who would go on to allow a run but notch up his thirty-sixth save of the season. Matt Carpenter has credit for 2 of the 3 Cardinal runs, one with an RBI-bunt single and the other with his eighteenth bomb of the season.
The middle game of the series featured starts from John Lackey and Brad Hand. Backed by a pair of home runs, one from Randal Grichuk and one from Mark Reynolds, Lackey was able to earn his tenth win by a score of 6-2. John went 8 1/3 innings, the second game in a row that the Cardinals’ starter lasted for that long. The Marlins scored their pair of runs via a home run off the bat of Justin Bour and a balk by Lackey that scored Marcell Ozuna. Stephen Piscotty went 3-for-4 with a couple of doubles.
The finale of the series was started by Carlos Martinez and David Phelps. Despite three homers, two by Jason Heyward and one by Stephen Piscotty, the 6-4 score that the game would end with belonged to the Marlins. Three of Miami’s runs, the runs that would prove to be the game winners, were tallied in the fifth inning when Derek Dietrich cleared the loaded bases with a triple. David Phelps was forced to leave the game after 2 1/3 innings by an injured elbow.
The multi-HR game by Heyward is his first in almost two years. In fact, his last two-homer game came on 8/17/13. His dinger in the first inning was his first since June 24th against, who else, the Miami Marlins. The homer that Stephen Piscotty hit was the first of his Major League career.
The Marlins will head to Milwaukee to start a series with the Brewers. The Cardinals will welcome in the San Francisco Giants for a series of three games. Michael Wacha will start against San Fran.’s Chris Heston in game one.
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