"Dancin'" Joe Kelly may have some competition on his hands.
We all sort of knew this day would come. A few days ago, or weeks even, who can really tell at this point in the season, Dan looked into his crystal ball and saw that eventually the unbeatable Joe Kelly would be vanquished.
I don't think Joe Kelly will continue to be as effective as he has this year...
And last night the prophecy was realized and for the first time in 47 days the Great Bespectacled Menace was defeated for his 4th loss of the year.
Last night was a bit of a struggle. I know. I was there. Kelly often found himself behind in counts, but what really hurt him were his wild pitch and two throwing errors, one of which came around to score. He also gave up a home run to Sean Halton, increasing the deficit to 4 - 0.
The Cardinals wouldn't go quietly, however, plating two runs of their own in the fourth and another in the ninth with a Matt Adams homer, his 13th of the year. For the game the Cardinals were 0 - 4 with RISP, a key moment being with David Freese retired in the fourth with two men on.
Tonight the Birdos will get their last taste of inter-league play of the regular season, going against the, now Boogless, Seattle Mariners. On the hill for the Cards will be Adam Wainwright, coming off a start against the Pirates that featured 7 innings of shutout baseball. The Mariners will counter with the 32 year old Japanese righthander, Hisashi Iwakuma. Iwakuma is 12 - 6 with a 2.97 ERA. With the Pirates winning yesterday, the Cardinals are now tied for first place in the central division.
Other important notes:
Trevor Rosenthal was also away from the team yesterday as he and his wife were expecting the birth of their first child. They have registered with a baby registry if you were looking to congratulate the couple.
All three are expected to be back today!