The Atlanta Braves took care of business this weekend by sweeping a three-game series from the Cardinals. The Cardinals couldn’t get anything going with their bats all series long. No, seriously. They had a total of twelve hits and zero runs.
The first game of the series was started by Julio Teheran and Jaime Garcia. Teheran shut down the Cardinals for six innings, striking out six batters along the way. Garcia pitched four innings, a length that was presumably decided beforehand. He allowed two runs in his outing. The Cardinals apparently couldn’t get anything going against the Braves’ bullpen either, tallying up only five hits and zero runs all game. Atlanta’s Daniel Castro drove in half of his team’s runs, going 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI. Adam Wainwright made his second appearance since returning to action. He pitched a scoreless sixth inning. Atlanta took game one, 4-0.
Game two was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday evening, but it was postponed to Sunday due to inclement weather. Being that Sunday is the final day of Major League Baseball’s regular season, there was no choice scheduling wise other than to play a doubleheader. So, in the words of the late Ernie Banks, let’s play two!
Cardinal outfielder Stephen Piscotty passed his concussion tests on Saturday evening. Piscotty obtained the concussion while colliding with Peter Bourjos on a play in the past series versus Pittsburgh.
Game one of the doubleheader and second game of the series was started by Shelby Miller and John Lackey. Shelby, who was acquired by the Braves from the Cardinals last November in exchange for Jason Heyward, entered the game winless in his past twenty-four starts. The way he pitched on Sunday was a blunt representation that he did not want to carry such a streak with him into the offseason. Backed by two homers off the bat of Adonis Garcia, a homer by Andrelton Simmons, and a pair of RBI-singles in the first inning, Shelby and his eight-inning shutout performance was enough for him to (finally) receive his sixth win of the year. The Braves won the ballgame, 6-0.
Stephen Piscotty returned to the Cardinal batting order in the first game of the doubleheader. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
The second game of the doubleheader and concluding game of the 2015 regular season was started by Matt Wisler and Lance Lynn. The Braves’ run in the first inning, a run driven in by Adonis Garcia, would be all they would need to win game two. Lance Lynn pitched five innings and allowed only the mentioned run. Atlanta’s lead was padded a bit more in the seventh inning when Michael Bourn singled in a run off of Steve Cishek. The Braves won the game, 2-0, and became the first team since July of 2013 to sweep a series against the Cardinals.
As for the Braves, the 2015 season was officially completed following their win over St. Louis on Sunday. The Cardinals, nonetheless, are just getting started. On Friday, October ninth, Busch Stadium will be the hosting venue of the first game of the NLDS between the National League Central champion Cardinals and winner of the National League Wild Card game. The Wild Card game will be played at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday between the Cubs and the Pirates.
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