What I’ve been saying since Friday. Someone was going to pay for the Cardinals being shut down. A small portion came out Saturday, but Sunday was full force. They showed just how good offensively they were by destroying Matt Cain. Post-Dispatch writer Derrick Gould called it Cardinals raze Cain. Very appropriate, I think. While the Giants have a nice stadium, I think some of their fans are are a bit crass. Yeah their team won the World Series, but have some respect. I do believe a big rivalry is starting to redevelop between the two teams. There was some talk from Giants fans about Matt Cain throwing a perfect game. Apparently last year when he threw one he hit golf balls out into McCovey Bay. He did it today and they fans were going wild, especially after Cain threw three perfect innings. That and the fact that Angel Pagan seemed to be posturing out on the basepaths led to the Giants to anger the baseball gods. Whether you believe in that or not, the fact is the wheels came off in the fourth. Pagan made a fielding error and Cain was not only pounded, he was blitzed. Nine runs in just over three innings. Well, the crowd sure was quieted pretty quick.
After Cain had set down the Cards in order the first three innings, Jay led off with a single and went to second on an Angel Pagan error. Matt Carp singled Jay to third. Allen Craig got the Cards on the board with a sacrifice fly. Beltran walked and Molina singled to load the bases. Matt Adams hit a bombed that one-hopped the wall for a ground rule double. It needs to be said that Adams’ blast was hit in the deepest part of the field. Ty Wiggington got his first hit and rbi of the year with a base hit. Kozma followed with an rbi single. After Wainwright popped out, John Jay walked to reload the bases. Matt Carp singled in two with a base hit on a full count to make the score 7-2. After a pitching change, Allen Craig was hit by a pitch and Beltran made it 9-2 with a single to right. They added five more runs in the last two innings for a final of 14-3.
Adam Wainwright, pitched one helluva game. He went seven innings, struck out six and walked no one. Waino was very good and it was needed. It was also the longest outing by a starter. The bullpen will be fresh for tomorrow. Joe Kelly, though, doesn’t look right. He’s struggled in his last two games. Zep was outstanding in his inning.
So tomorrow is the big day. The unofficial holiday known as opening day in St. Louis. It’s an event that to me is the best in baseball. No other team gets a lap in a cardinal red mustangs. For the pitching match up, Jaime Garcia will oppose Mat Latos.