Coming off a loss against the Mets and the Brewers coming to town, the Cards knew they had to take it to them and they did by unleashing five runs in the first inning, courtesy of a David Freese grand slam into the grassy area in centerfield that is quickly becoming known as the “Freese Zone.” (One must remember his epic home run in game six of the 2011 World Series vs the Rangers.) The relief and weight that must be off his shoulders must be tremendous. Another reason why the fans are great in St. Louis? They never booed Freese. They continued to cheer and encourage him on. He rewarded everyone tonight.
Matt Holliday had two rbi’s and Jon Jay added another for a 7-6 win. It was too close as they had a six run lead and watched it evaporate as Aramis Ramirez sent two three-run homers over the fence against Jaime Garcia. Though he got the win, Jaime struggled those two innings. Hopefully he can rebound in his next start.
The bullpen now appears to be legit as they manhandled the Brewers over the last 3 2/3 innings. Seth Maness, Trevor Rosenthal, and Chief Mujica nailed it down with Mujica getting his 12th save. The eighth inning was a good turning point. Though leading 7-6, Rosenthal gave up a lead off single to Ryan Braun. Rosie sent the next two pitches to Ramirez high and tight to basically tell him to “back off.” When the count went full, Braun took off on the payoff pitch which ended up being a strike out and Yadi threw out Braun, which got the crowd back into the game. The next batter, Carlos Gomez, tried to bunt his way on and pooped it up to Rosie to end the inning.
Tomorrow’s game features Lance Lynn going after his seventh win against Marco Estrada, who can’t win against the Cards. He also tend to give up a lot of home runs which might be a good night for the Cards (and hopefully Freese again).