The Cardinals came into today’s game looking to pull a series win against the no-longer-division-leading Brewers. Here’s the lineup:
Carpenter batting third! I don’t know why I put the exclamation point; I guess I just wanted to add some excitement.
They faced off against man of many faces Matt Garza, hoping to catch Matt Garza with this face:
Early in the game, Yadier Molina took a foul off his neck but stayed in the game, despite looking a bit dazed over the next couple batters. Well, let’s hope this does not become fodder for some press conference/Instagram shenanigans. Post-game quote from Mike Matheny on Molina staying in: “He's a warrior."
The offense was all but nonexistent today, as it’s been for the past week or so: 13 runs in the past 7 games is hardly something to cheer about. The only run the Cards could muster tonight was a single by Greg Garcia that scored Molina. They could only manage a total of 6 hits tonight (2 by Kolten Wong, 1 by Tommy Pham, 1 by Jedd Gyorko, 1 by Molina, and the aforementioned 1 by Garcia), and more importantly, they could not get more than one in an inning.
The Brewers were eminently beatable today, too. Their offense came from a solo home run by Jesus Aguilar (for the second straight day) and a single by Keon Broxton. Two runs should be beatable, but the Cardinals offensive skid put paid to that notion.
Keon Broxton also had a terrific grab that stole a home run from Jose Martinez, and he did it so casually, you’d think he does this every inning:
Keon Broxton robs Jose Martinez of a home run pic.twitter.com/BXy2ORPF92— MLB Insider Dinger (@atf13atf) August 3, 2017
Will the Cardinals right the ship in Cincinnati this weekend? Tune in tomorrow evening to find out! Mike Leake faces off against his former team, where he hasn’t had a great deal of luck.