Series Summary 8/26-28: Athletics vs. Cardinals

Luke Weaver (7)

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After dropping two of three to the Mets, the Cardinals did the same this weekend with the Athletics, as the A’s won Saturday and Sunday to cap off a 2-6 homestand for the Cardinals.

Game One: Cardinals 3, Athletics 1 — WP: Luke Weaver (1-1) LP: Ross Detwiler (1-3)

Aided with Jedd Gyorko’s early long ball, Cardinals rookie Luke Weaver turned in a quality start and eventually picked up his first major-league win in his first appearance at Busch Stadium on Friday night, beating the Athletics by a 3-1 final score.

Gyorko’s home run, a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning, was his 22nd of the season and proved to be the game-winning shot for the Cardinals. As for the Athletics, they managed a mere five hits off the St. Louis hurlers, and only one — a solo homer off the bat of first baseman Yonder Alonso in the second — did any harm to the Cardinals.

Weaver turned in the first six innings of what proved to be a pretty solid night for the Cardinals’ pitching staff, as Weaver’s outing preceded three scoreless innings from Matt Bowman, Kevin Siegrist, and Seung Hwan Oh, who collected his thirteenth save of the season.

Notes:

-The win snapped the Cardinals’ streak of seven consecutive Interleague losses at home.

Following Friday’s win, the Cardinals announced that rookie right-hander Alex Reyes would make his first major-league start on Saturday in place of Mike Leake, who has contracted shingles. Entering his assignment on Saturday, the 21-year-old Reyes had not been scored upon in 9.1 innings of work, which he gathered in five relief appearances spanning from August 9 to August 23.

Game Two: Athletics 3, Cardinals 2 — WP: Daniel Coulombe (2-1) LP: Matt Bowman (2-5)

Late-inning blunders proved fatal for the Cardinals on Saturday, as St. Louis was victimized by two eighth-inning runs that gave the Athletics a 3-2 victory at Busch Stadium in the middle game of the teams’ three-game series.

Oakland was able to plate a pair of runs in the second-to-last frame of the game off Cardinals reliever Matt Bowman, who was tagged with his fifth loss in seven decisions this season, as second baseman Max Muncy and right-fielder Brett Eibner each drove in a run to support a quality start from starter Zach Neal and three perfect innings from relievers Daniel Coulombe, Liam Hendriks, and Ryan Madson.

The Athletics’ late-inning comeback soured a game that was initially highlighted by Cardinals rookie Alex Reyes’ first major-league start. Reyes lasted just 4.2 innings in the outing because four walks and as many punchouts drove the young flamethrower’s pitch count up to 89 rather prematurely.

Game Three: Athletics 7, Cardinals 4 — WP: Andrew Triggs (1-1) LP: Jaime Garcia (10-10) SV: Ryan Madson (27)

The Athletics teed off for five runs against Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, who was charged with his third straight loss and tenth overall of the season, as Oakland took Sunday’s contest, 7-4, to take a series from the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt delivered what proved to be the game-winning hit for Oakland in the rubber game, as the left-handed-hitting backstop delivered a three-run home run in the top of the third to give his squad a lead that buckled but never broke due to the Athletics’ effective pitching staff. Oakland starter Andrew Triggs turned in six quality frames, and, excluding one run surrendered by Ryan Dull in the seventh, the bullpen followed with scoreless outings to close out a win for the Athletics.

Notes:

-After allowing five runs on Sunday, Jaime Garcia is 0-3 with an even 9.00 earned run average over his last three starts.

What’s next?

Athletics: Oakland will continue their roadtrip with a three-game set in Houston against the Astros. The series will begin at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Monday evening.

Cardinals: The Cardinals will travel to Wisconsin for a three-game date with the Brewers that will begin on Monday evening at Miller Park in Milwaukee.

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