I’ve been wondering when this great starting pitching was going to stop. Game in, game out it seemed that none of them wanted to falter. I mean there’s been some bad games, but not many. Sometimes they win games when they’re stuff isn’t good. Six turns through and they’re still going strong. Shelby Miller didn’t have his good stuff but he still pitched a quality game, going six innings and only allowing one run while striking out five and walking just one. He’s now 4-2. It’s completely amazing how the starters have been. They keep feeding off of each other, daring the next one in line to do better. The starters are 18-6 and had it not been for some bullpen meltdowns, it may have been better. Speaking of the bullpen, uber prospect Carlos Martinez, the one they call baby Pedro (After the great Pedro Martinez) made his debut and was outstanding, allowing only a hit in one inning of work. That hit was an infield hit off a curve that was outstanding, meaning it was a fluke. He then managed to get a double play and another ground ball out. Seth Maness also made his debut and threw all of six pitches, all strikes, and received three ground ball outs. Fernando Salas came in to pitch a perfect ninth inning. The only bad news was that Jason Motte will miss the rest of the season with “Tommy John” surgery.
The bats also came alive as they banged out fifteen hits, including home runs by Carlos Beltran (8) and Matt Holliday (4). Holliday’s was a bomb, going an estimated 458 feet and smacking the centerfield scoreboard. (Some Cards insiders think it went farther) John Jay had a two-run double and Freese seems to be out of slump. Craig also banged out three hits. The only bad things were the four runners lost on the basepaths. Three of them were out at home plate. The only person that had a bad night was the third base coach, Jose Oquendo. It’s a good thing that none of those came back to haunt them.
Next up is Adam Wainwright going after his fifth win against Yovanni Gallardo, who is 1-10 vs the Cards.