The Cardinals won another series this week and concluded their season series with the Washington Nationals. The Cardinals pushed themselves, and their record, to 86-47.
The Cardinals added Cody Stanley, Miguel Socolovich, Mitch Harris, Marco Gonzales, Tyler Lyons, and Nick Greenwood to their active roster this series. Nick Greenwood was optioned back to Triple-A Memphis following Wednesday’s game.
Game one of the series was started by John Lackey and Gio Gonzalez. They each lasted a total of six innings, but Gio surrendered three runs to John’s two. Oh, you didn’t think the game would end 3-2, did you? It wouldn’t. After allowing two walks, lefty Kevin Siegrist relinquished a three-run homer to Ryan Zimmerman in the seventh inning and paved a path to a 5-3 Washington lead. The Cardinals retaliated, big time, in the bottom of the seventh. They scored not once, not twice, but five times on six hits and two walks. Even with a double play thrown into the mix, a well-known rally killer, St. Louis mustered out five runs and turned things over to Steve Cishek and Trevor Rosenthal. Rosey racked up save number 42 and helped seal the deal on victory number 85 for the Redbirds.
The second game of the series was started by Marco Gonzales and Joe Ross. Marco, the 23-year-old lefty who is considered one of the Cardinals’ most promising prospects, was given the opportunity to start due to some pain in Carlos Martinez’s back. Washington knocked Marco out of the ballgame in the third inning, bossing him around to the tune of four runs on seven hits. One of those hits was a home run off the bat of Ryan Zimmerman, his fourteenth of the season (so far). The eminence that their 4-0 lead had was drowned a bit in the bottom of the third when the Cardinals scored three. The Nats added on a run in the seventh, extending their lead another run. St. Louis scored twice in the eighth, though, and tied the game at five runs each. Fast forward to the bottom of the ninth inning. There are two outs. Tommy Pham just drew a walk following a Cody Stanley double. Brandon Moss’s turn, and he made it worth while. Moss cranked a baseball 424 feet, way out to the grass patch in center field, and lifted the Cardinals to an 8-3 walk-off win.
The third and final game of the series featured Max Scherzer and a spot-start from lefty Tyler Lyons. Tyler was pitching in place of Michael Wacha who was in need of some extra rest. Tyler pitched six innings and allowed three runs, all of them via the long ball. Two came off the bat of Ryan Zimmerman, and the other was hit by Jayson Werth. Max lasted six innings, too, and allowed two runs on eleven Cardinal hits. One of those runs came from Brandon Moss’s homer in the second. Kolten Wong’s RBI-single in the seventh tied the game, 3-3. Then, in the top of the eighth while facing Jonathan Broxton, Ryan Zimmerman doubled and drove in a run to break the 3-3 tie and give Washington a 4-3 lead. They’d go on and win by that score.
Ryan Zimmerman tore up Cardinal pitching this series. He went 7-for-14 with four homers. Oh, and he drove in eight runs. The Nationals scored fourteen total runs this series.
In his last eight games, Brandon Moss’s bat has been flaming hot. He’s batted .440 with four homers and seven RBI.
The Nationals will return back home to Washington where they will begin a four-game series with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday (9/3). The Cardinals, however, have Thursday off and won’t begin play until Friday evening. The Pirates will come to town, and, needless to say, it’s a series everyone will have their eyes on. Carlos Martinez and J.A. Happ will toe the rubber for their respective team.
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