St. Louis Cardinals Game 11 – My Take


Maybe it’s just me, but I’m feeling something special with this team. There’s just something about them as if everything is coming together in one fluid motion. I know some of it is momentum, but whenever Matt Adams crushed that two-run pinch home run last Tuesday night, they haven’t missed a beat. As a matter of fact, they haven’t allowed a run since that game, the fourth inning to be exact. Thirty-two consecutive scoreless innings. The team record is thirty four set back in 1988. I know the Milwaukee Brewers aren’t that good and with most of their players hurt, it’s even worse. Heck, Ryan Braun, though playing, isn’t healthy. He’s struck out six times this series. It also helps that you have the best catcher in the game, Yadier Molina. I can’t say enough about him.

Adam Wainwright is one of the best pitchers in the National League, top three actually, behind only Clayton Kershaw. He’s that good. In his second year removed from Tommy John surgery he’s showing why the Cardinals invested a lot of money in him. He’s out to prove he’s worth every penny of it and after today’s game, he doesn’t have to show me anything. He threw a  four-hitter, (the Cards have only allowed eleven hits the last three games, all shutouts.) struck out twelve and walked no one. He hasn’t walked anyone all year. He was obviously tiring near the end of the game, but there was no way he was going out. To top it off he had three hits as well. At one time he had more hits himself than he had given up! We may be seeing a Cy Young Award season this year.

The Cards love scoring runs in bunches. They did it again in the sixth inning. With the score 1-0. Wainwright led off with an infield single, John Jay singled and Matty Carp was hit by a pitch. Holliday then hit a two-run single to make it 3-0. Allen Craig singled home a run to make it 4-0. After Beltran popped out, Molina singled to make it 5-0. Freese struck out, but Descalso reached on an error, scoring another run to make it 6-0. Wainwright singled again to make it 7-0 and Jay singled again to make it 8-0, Matty Carp flied out to end the inning and the score was held to that. It must also be mentioned that Jay made a diving catch to rob a hit out in centerfield and Descalso, playing shortstop, made an incredible play to end the eighth inning to preserve the shutout. All in all it was a great game.

I just hope this trend continues tomorrow, with Jaime Garcia pitching against Marco Estrada.  Jaime pitched well enough to win last Monday. That was the last game that they lost. I expect the bullpen to get a little work in tomorrow. Jaime usually goes six to seven innings. Since the Reds beat the Cards on Monday, they’ve only scored seven runs and have lost four in a row, falling two games back of the Cards, plus their best pitcher may be hurt. I don’t like seeing palyers getting hurt except in Johhny Cueto’s case, I hope he’s out the rest of the year.

 

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