The Cardinals took care of business this week in Phoenix, Arizona against the Diamondbacks. St. Louis came in and swept the four game series and concluded a season series sweep of seven. The series featured a whopping nine double plays turned by the Cardinals.
The opening game of the series was started by Jhoulys Chacin and Lance Lynn. The D-backs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, courtesy of Wellington Castillo’s seventeenth home run of the season, but it was quickly obliterated in the top of the third when Matt Carpenter retaliated him with his nineteenth long ball. The game would become a 2-2 tie in the proceeding innings and, eventually, a 5-3 Cardinals’ victory. St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal allowed a run in the ninth inning, but that didn’t keep him from racking up his thirty-ninth save of the season.
The second game of the series of four was started by Robbie Ray and Jaime Garcia. The Cardinal offense was rolling right off the bat, as they scored four runs on three hits in the first inning of the ballgame. Though it wasn’t all the ‘birds would score, it was all of the run support their starting pitcher needed– Jaime was pitching in a great fashion. Garcia tossed six innings of one-run ball with four hits and six strikeouts sprinkled throughout it. The Cardinals went on to score five more times en route to a 9-1 win, their eightieth of the season.
Peter Bourjos homered in the seventh inning while pinch-hitting, the first pinch-hit home run of his career. The homer also broke him out of a streak of 0-for-21, a streak that took over a month to construct.
Game three of the series was started by Patrick Corbin and John Lackey. Lackey surrendered a run in the first inning, a dynamic blast off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt, but he quickly swapped his demeanor over to the one where he’s in shutdown mode. It took Lackey only a total of eighty-eight pitches to maneuver his way through seven innings of one-run ball. Luckily for his win-loss record, the Cardinals scored their three runs of the ballgame in the fifth and seventh innings and gave him his eleventh win of the season. Trevor Rosenthal picked up the save, his fortieth of the year.
The fourth and final game of the series was started by a pair of young righties from the Dominican Republic, Rubby De La Rosa and Carlos Martinez. The Cardinals got the ball rolling early, scoring three runs in the first two innings of the game. Arizona tied it up in the second with a four-hit, three-run frame. Brandon Moss clubbed his first homer in a Cardinal uniform in the top of the fifth, a two-run shot, to give St. Louis the 5-3 advantage. They’d go on to win by that score. Trevor Rosenthal picked up the save, his forty-first of the season and third of the series. Tony Cruz hit his first homer of the year.
Cardinal outfielder Tommy Pham is 12-for-37 in the month of August. To pair with the .324 batting average, Tommy has a double and two triples. He’s one of the many Cardinals who has stepped up their game offensively ever since Randal Grichuk hit the shelf.
The Diamondbacks will welcome the Oakland Athletics in to Chase Field where they’ll play a series of three games. The Cardinals will continue their West Coast trip and head to California to take on the Giants. The pitching matchup for game one is interesting. Mike Leake and Michael Wacha will square off Friday evening in San Francisco. The Cards will be without their 41-save closer Trevor Rosenthal. He will be placed on the paternity list before Friday’s game and plan to miss the entire Giants series. He will meet the Cardinals at Busch when they return home on Monday.
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