Dapper left-handed heartthrob Jaime Garcia (7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 HR) faced off against promising young Diamondback hurler Archie Bradley (4.00 ERA, 4.11 FIP, 4.81 xFIP) tonight in Saint Louie Lou.
Jaime's previous start, his first of the season, was a rocky affair. Four double plays kept things from getting out of hand. He was able to complete 7 full innings in 102 pitches and he was able to answer the bell here tonight, which must be considered a minor victory.
Elsewhere, Jon Jay started his rehab assignment in Peoria tonight:
It wasn't terribly pretty, but Garcia was able to fight through 6 innings and did not allow a free pass this time. The movement was there, but the control often wasn't.
Things got off to a tough start as Arizona jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st. Mark Trumbo grounded to first but Jaime was late covering the bag and Trumbo reached safely. A.J. Pollock doubled to put runners on at 2nd and 3rd, and then another double by Yasmany Tomas down the third base line scored 2. Tomas' double was on a low inside pitch that he swatted to Matt Carpenter, but appeared to take a bad hop just in front of him.
The Cards came right back in the bottom half. Bradley has been walking a bunch of batters this season, to the tune of 5.33 BB/9 (13.7 BB%) at the start of the day. Back to back walks to Kolten Wong and Grinder set the stage for a Matt Holliday run scoring single up the middle. Jhonny Peralta doubled into the RF corner to clear the bases and went to third on the throw home. Yadier Molina drove in Jhonny with a sharp grounder to third that Tomas simply decided not to throw home on. 4-2 Cardinals.
Matt Holliday has reached base safely in 42 straight games to begin season, tied for the longest streak in Cardinals history- Pujols in 2008— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 27, 2015
In the 2nd, Nick Ahmed squeeked a home run just over the LF wall into the bullpen to cut the lead to 4-3 Redbirds
VEB favorite Randal Grichuk answered in the bottom with a lead off home run to right for a 5-3 Cards advantage. It was hit hard, whoever you listen to:
For what it's worth: FSM reports 105.0 MPH, while MLB GameDay reports 110 MPH.— viva el birdos (@vivaelbirdos) May 27, 2015
The back-and-forth continued in the top of the third when Wong booted a Pollock grounder and Tomas drove him in with a double to right. 5-4 Cards.
After a couple of relatively quiet half innings, the Cards would tack on in the bottom of the 4th. Yadi singled to left. Jason Heyward reached via fielder's choice, then stole second. Grichuk, just doing his Grichuk thing, smoked a single to left scoring Heyward. Grichuk stole a base here too, FWIW. 6-4 Cardinals.
Wow. GameDay reports the batted ball velocity on Grichuk's RBI single as 111 MPH. Faster than his HR.— viva el birdos (@vivaelbirdos) May 27, 2015
That was the end of Bradley's night. Vidal Nuno took care of the next 2.1 innings for the Snakes, racking up 5 strikeouts in that span.
Matt Adams came out of the game in the bottom of the 5th after hitting a double into the RF corner and started limping after rounding first base. Mark Reynolds replaced Adams.
INJURY REPORT: Matt Adams left tonight's game with a strained right Quadricep.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 27, 2015
Jaime got into some trouble in the top of the 6th. Aaron Hill singled and Tuffy Gosewisch hit a little infield clunker that Reynolds fielded and tossed to Jaime covering first. He wasn't able to come up with a barehanded grab and runners ended up at first and third. He was able to get Ahmed to ground into the lone double play of the night to get out of the jam.
Garcia's line: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 91 pitches
Matt Belisle threw the next 2.2 innings, giving up 3 hits and 3 walks, but tallying 3 strikeouts and not allowing a run. He did leave a mess to clean up in the top of the 9th. After walking Paul Goldschmidt, Pollock singled to right but a bad hop ate up Heyward and the runners ended up at second and third. Seth Maness was summoned to do his ground ball voodoo and induced a game-ending grounder from Tomas.
Matt Belisle threw 47 pitches over 2.2 IP. Belisle last threw 47 or more pitches on 4/17/11, when he threw 48 vs. the Cubs.— viva el birdos (@vivaelbirdos) May 27, 2015
Tomorrow night it's Josh Collmenter (5.19 ERA, 4.55 FIP, 4.39 xFIP) against Lance Lynn (3.46 ERA, 2.81 FIP, 3.23 xFIP) as far as we know. Puck drops at 7:15pm Central.