The last time the Cardinals played a game in Washington was October 12, 2012. At one point down 6-0, they came back and won 9-7, thanks in large part to rookie shortstop Pete Kozma, who hit a two-run single to give the Cards a 9-7 lead and propel them into the LCS against the Giants. Upon being announced tonight, Kozma was booed pretty loudly. Kozma probably got a pretty good laugh out of that.
Shelby Miller started and he was brilliant, going 6 and 2/3 innings and striking out eight. His only hiccup was the third inning when he gave up a couple of runs. He’s looked good in his four starts this year and he’s looking like a legitimate rookie of the year candidate. The last was Albert Pujols in 2001. Joe Kelly, Trevor Rosenthal, and Edward Mujica shut them down which was probably the best the bullpen has been. Mujica was downright nasty and it looks like the closer job is his for the time being. Rosenthal needs to lower his pitch count in innings or they may start cutting back on his appearances. Kelly might have a chance as the seventh inning guy. He got out of a tight jam in the seventh thanks to a great catch by Jay on a sinking flare.
As for the hitting, the bats are so close to really breaking out. Craig is so close to hitting that first homer he can smell it. Freese might take a bit to get going but when he does and the rest clicks it will be incredible. I am a bit agitated by the fact that they had the bases loaded and nobody out but they couldn’t bust the game open. You have to get a run out of that.
All in all it was a great game. Tomorrow, Adam Wainwright goes after his fourth win as he faces Ross Detwiller,who is from Wentzville, Mo. (About a twenty minute drive from me.)