The Cardinals were able to salvage a win in a series versus the Padres that started out “all San Diego”. The subpar offense and uncharacteristic defensive plays in games one and two can be heavily blamed. It’s certainly not how the Cardinals wanted to start out their lengthy road trip, but hey. One win is leaps and bounds better than zero wins, especially in the situation that St. Louis is currently in.
The first game of the series was started by Andrew Cashner and John Lackey. St. Louis had 1-0 lead entering the Padres’ half of the fifth inning. With three errors committed by the Cardinals, San Diego was able to capitalize and score five times. The ‘birds got two runs back in the seventh inning, but they were quickly erased by a four-run eighth inning put up by the home team. Yangervis Solarte, Brett Wallace, and Matt Kemp homered. Tommy Pham tripled in the seventh inning, the first three-bagger of his career. Outfielder Tyler Jankowski, a San Diego prospect, recorded two hits and an RBI in his Major League debut.
The middle game of the series was started by Ian Kennedy and Carlos Martinez. Kennedy was dominant. He pitched six innings of shutout ball and struck out ten. Much like game one, the Padres killed the Cardinals with an outburst of an inning. Their seven-run seventh, one in which twelve men were sent to the plate, sealed the deal on an 8-0 victory. Tommy Pham went 3-for-4 with a double. Matt Carpenter was ejected in the fifth inning after arguing with umpire Chris Segal.
Prior to the start of Sunday’s finale, the Cardinals optioned lefty Tyler Lyons to Triple-A Memphis and recalled infielder Greg Garcia. The move was, presumably, made in an effort to send a surge into the slumping Cardinal offense.
The third and final game of the series was started by Colin Rea and Michael Wacha. The Cardinals equaled and topped their series run total of, at the point, three with a four-run first inning. Those four runs would be all Wacha would need to work with. He limited the Padres to just one run over his outing of six innings. St. Louis would go on to score six more times, beating the Padres 10-3. Stephen Piscotty homered, twice, and tripled. He had five RBI on the day. Jason Heyward went 3-for-4 and finished a home run shy of the cycle. Mark Reynolds went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Michael Wacha earned his fifteenth win of the season.
Stephen Piscotty is performing just fine at the big league level. He has four homers and eighteen RBI this season. The 24-year-old is batting .324 in his thirty-four career games.
The Padres will have the day off on Monday before starting a series in the nation’s capital against the Washington Nationals. The Cardinals will cruise into Phoenix, Arizona to start a series of four games with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jhoulys Chacin and Lance Lynn are the scheduled starters for game one of the STL/ARI series.
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