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Cardinals vs. Rangers 6.18.16 Recap: Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Bullpen Blows 3-0 Lead

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Well, beat the drum, Kolten Wong

Got called up yesterday!

He's born again

A new spot on the field

Out in the grass, scaling the wall

It's a former 2 baseman

But no one can understand

What is the deal

"Put me in, coach!  I'm ready to play!  Today!"

"Put me in coach!  I'll play anywhere!  I swear!"

"Let me see...you can be...center field."

The Game

This one started out so promising, you guys.  But in the end, it sucked and it was probably my least favorite game of the year.  Carlos Martinez took the mound against Nick Martinez, which is a very fun thing when the opposing pitchers have the same last name.  I assume it happens more than you'd think, because I don't even remember the announcers saying anything about it.  Anyway, El Gallo was a little shaky early on.  He gave up a single and a walk to start the game, a ground ball out, but then hit Adrian Beltre to load the bases.  Luckily (or not because in the end it didn't matter anyway), Prince Fielder grounded into a double play to end the inning.  Crisis averted.

The Cardinals scored first in the bottom of the second inning.  Jhonny Peralta, who has been pretty damn great since returning from the DL, hit a one-out double, followed by an RBI base hit up the middle off the bat of Yadier Molina.  1-0 Cards.  Molina then attempted to steal first but left a little too early, and the pitcher threw it back to first, catching Molina in a run down.  What happened after that was one of life's little pleasures, as Prince Fielder "chased" Molina toward second base, caught up to him approximately three and-a-half minutes later, and tagged him out.

With one out in the fifth inning, Martinez got a nice little base hit, Matt Carpenter walked, and Kolten Wong (who, in case you haven't already figured this out, started the game at center field) singled to score Martinez.  Carpenter went to third, and Wong took second on a throw to third.  Everyone safe, 2-0 Cardinals.  Matt Holliday was then hit by a pitch, and Stephen Piscotty, whose RISP numbers are stupid good this season, scored Carpenter with a base hit to right field.  For some reason, whoever is the third base coach now didn't send Wong home on Piscotty's hit.  It was a bad decision because Wong is fast and probably would have scored.  Instead, Matt Adams came up next, popped up to shallow center, and THEN Wong took off. He didn't slide and he was out at home.

Seung Hwan Oh came in to pitch the eighth.  I'm sure you're thinking that he shut down the side and preserved the lead for Rosenthal, because that is what I assumed would happen.  In a cruel twist of fate, none of that happened.  After striking out the first two, Oh gave up a single to Shin-Soo Choo and a double to Ian Desmond who continues to just crush the ball.  A wild pitch scored Choo (this was weird, it bounced between the batter's legs), and Adams made an error on a ground ball to first, allowing Desmond to score.  By the time this crap inning was over, the score was 3-2.

It was all downhill from there.  Trevor Rosenthal came in to pitch and unfortunately, we got #badrosie tonight.  He gave up consecutive singles to Rougned Odor and Jurickson Profar, then a passed ball (wait, maybe this was the time it bounced between the hitter's legs) allowed the runners to advance.  Rosenthal hit the next batter to load the bases with no one out.  Mike Matheny said enough is enough and called in Keven Siegrist.  To be fair to him, this was a very tough situation.  Siegrist got the first hitter to pop up to shallow center and all of the runners stayed put.  Good!  But then he walked the next hitter and consequently a run in.  3-3 game.  A sacrifice "fly" to Tommy Pham (that was actually a line drive that he made a great play to catch) scored another.  4-3 Rangers, and that is how it ended, folks.

Notes

There is a LOT to discuss, but I only have nine minutes, so I will get through the important things first.

1. The Cardinals sent Randal Grichuk to Memphis and called up Tommy Pham.  Still, Kolten Wong started in center field.

2. Carlos Martinez was freaking awesome today against a very good hitting team. He now leads all of baseball in ground balls induced.  Which, while I love a good strike out as much as anyone, seems to be working out really well for him.  7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 4 Ks on 101 pitches.  Very nice outing, indeed.

3. I can't believe this has to be written two nights in a row, but - the Cardinals needed a solo home run to tie this game and Brandon Moss never batted.  Brandon Moss should always bat.  (Hat tip, mister_manager.)  Instead, the ninth inning featured Molina, Peralta, and Pham.  Really thought we'd see Moss for Molina, or possibly Pham.  NOPE.

Well, that's it for me, folks.  I'm off to team trivia to defend my title.  My apologies for any typos - I'll fix them later.