The Cardinals won a weekend series with the Giants and finished their trip with a 7-3 record. With the Pirates’ loss on Sunday, the Cardinals’ division lead is up to 4.5 games.
Before Friday’s game, the Cardinals placed closer Trevor Rosenthal on the paternity list and recalled RHP Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis. Rosey will join rejoin the team when they return home on 8/31.
The opening game of the series was started by Mike Leake and Michael Wacha. The game remained scoreless until the Giants’ half of the third inning. Marlon Byrd drove a baseball 410 feet, his twenty-second homer of the year. Did I mention that the bases were loaded when he hit that home run? Well, they were. The Cardinals came back, though, and had the score knotted at four by the end of the sixth inning. It would remain tied until the bottom of the ninth inning, until rookie second baseman Kelby Tomlinson singled through a five-man infield with the bases full. Uncharacteristically enough, lefty Kevin Siegrist was the pitcher the entire time the Giants’ ninth inning events were unfolding. He allowed two singles, walked two batters, and recorded only one out. Even more out-of-the-ordinary may be the fact that the Cardinals (Jonathan Broxton, Jhonny Peralta, and Matt Carpenter) committed three errors.
The second game of the series was started by Ryan Vogelson and Lance Lynn. The whole offensive part of the ballgame remained quiet for both teams until the top of the fifth inning. Brandon Moss started the party with a triple, his second of the year and first while with the Cardinals. Three singles, a walk, and a wild pitch was the recipe for four runs. Yadier Molina delivered a two-RBI single off of George Kontos, the reliever who was brought into the game just before his at-bat. That was all Lance Lynn needed to get his eleventh victory of the year. He pitched seven+ innings before having to exit the game due to a mildly-sprained right ankle. He injured the ankle while attempting to field a ball. Lynn is pretty optimistic that he will make his next scheduled start on Friday (9/4) evening against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cardinals went on to score two more runs in the game to win by a 6-0 score.
The Cardinals tripled three times in game two. Brandon Moss, Kolten Wong, and Stephen Piscotty each hit a three-bagger. Piscotty went 4-for-4 with the triple and an RBI. As for Wong, well, let’s just say that the triple was very welcomed. It was just his fourth extra-base hit in the month of August so far..
The finale of the season series was started by Chris Heston and Jaime Garcia. The Cardinals scored three runs in a matter of minutes. Carpenter’s twentieth homer, a Piscotty single, a Heyward triple, and a single off the bat of Molina gave the Cards an early 3-0 lead. The Giants were able get on the board in the first, too, scoring two runs on four hits. Homers by Mark Reynolds and Brandon Moss, an RBI-double off the bat of Molina, and a Greg Garcia RBI-single propelled the Cardinals and Garcia to a 7-5 win. Kevin Siegrist earned the save, his sixth of ’15.
Giants outfielder Marlon Byrd had a monster series with the bat. In the three games, he batted .308 with eight RBI. He also doubled twice, tripled, and hit a grand slam homer.
Brandon Moss has heated up over the last few days. In the past four games, Brandon has batted .333 with two homers and a triple.
The Giants will travel to Los Angeles to start a huge series with the Dodgers. The Giants could be, at most, 4.5 games back when the series starts. The Cardinals will fly back to St. Louis where the Washington Nationals are waiting. Gio Gonzalez and John Lackey are the scheduled starters for game one of the series of three.
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