As the frustrations from the St. Louis Blues begin to pile up, I try to take myself back to a happy place. Luckily, I don't have to think back too far.
Tonight the Cardinals further displayed their current league-best pitching tossing nine shutout innings against the hapless Brewers. The Beermakers, without All Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy, All Star centerfielder Carlos Gomez, and the excellently named second baseman Scooter Gennett, were in a particularly rough spot. For seven innings, they flailed at Martinez changeups, were blown away by his fourseemer in the upper nineties, pounded the twoseamer in the ground, and were bewildered by that filthy curveball. It was a masterful display by El Gallo, especially in the third inning where he struck out the side.
It was at this point where I put my hand over my mouth and went "oohhhhhhhhhhhhh". Yeah, he left this changeup up, but he also threw the pitch before it 94 mph. Carlos ended the game after seven innings, the deepest he had ever pitched in a major league game, having scattered four hits and two walks, and striking out eight. Jordan Walden and Trevor Rosenthal held the lead with relative ease, allowing only one baserunner in two innings to preserve the shutout.
The offense also did many things. Matt Carpenter got on base multiple times, singling and doubling, as he is wont to do. Jhonny Peralta homered, as he is whont to do. Jason Heyward homered, which is what we hope he continues to do. At the end of the day, the Cardinals had three runs, which is usually enough when the other team scores zero.
- Yadier Molina left the game after taking a foul tip to the quad in the fourth. The move was supposedly precautionary and he is listed as day-to-day.
- Tony Cruz came in mid-game to take over the catching duties. I imagine this must be very difficult, but it didn't look like anyone missed a beat. Good job, Tony.
- This made the Cardinals shallow bench a bigger concern, however. Turns out Pete Kozma is the emergency catcher. He is also the back up infielder and emergency outfielder. I wonder if he can pitch...
- The Cardinals have a league-leading
sub-two ERA (Fangraphs hasn't updated yet)1.92 ERA (thank you, so_cal_cards_fan!). This is most likely somewhat unsustainable, but still really cool!
- Jon Jay looks like he could use a day off.
- Matt Adams has a goatee now.
LIL SCOOTER'S PLAYER OF THE GAME
.309 WPA. Viva el Gallo.
Tomorrow Adam Wainwright will go up against Wily Peralta when the series continues at 7:10pm.