To correct a mistake I made in the blog for game four, I said Adam Wainwright was to pitch against Matt Cain. Well I screwed up. That’s game sixes pitching match up. Today was Shelby Miller vs Ryan Vogelsong. We had been waiting for this. I’ve been a Shelby Miller fan since he was drafted and I couldn’t wait until he debuted. I was not disappointed. Today was a showing of the future of the St. Louis Cardinals pitching staff. In his first start of the year the ever-talented Miller lasted five and a third of an inning and ended up with his first win as a starter. What I liked the most was his first pitch strikes which is what the rest of the starters had been lacking. Yes, Shelby has a bright future.
The bullpen was solid, especially Boggs, who nailed down the save. The first by a pitcher not named Jason Motte in over a year. He was pretty much lights out, except for a two-out single he allowed. The next batter lined out on the first pitch.
Though they scored a run in the first, albeit helped by both a passed ball and a wild pitch, they finally erupted for three runs in the fifth and added runs in the sixth and ninth innings. Beltran found some offense with three rbi’s. Komza continued to hit, going three-for-four with an rbi and a run scored. The only depressing thing was no home runs again. Hopefully soon.
All in all it was a great game. Both offense and pitching/defense did an outstanding job. Took the bitterness out of the mouths of the players after losing the two previous games. The rubber game of the series features Wainwright and Cain. Should be a doozy.