One thing I know about Adam Wainwright is when it’s his turn to pitch on a day after a loss, there’s no way he’s going to allow the Cards to lose and he proved it tonight. On improving his record to 6-3, he went 7 1/3 innings only giving one run and four hits. he struck out five and walked only one on exactly one hundred pitches. It was your typical Waino start. Though he struggled with command of his breaking ball, his other pitches went along smoothly until he did find. Right now Waino is on pace for an 20-10 season. He also helped himself with several sacrifice bunts. Carlos “Baby Pedro” Martinez went 1 2/3 inning, gave up a run and struck out none. I think his problem is lack of pitching. I think if he was used more, he might turn out to be something else.
The hitting was great. A day after being seemingly futile, they bashed their way around Petco Park and showed why they’re as good as hey are. Being down 1-0, Matty Carp tied the game in third with a double. In the fifth, Jay singled to lead off and Descalso doubled him in to make it 2-1.After Kozma singled, Waino sacrificed him to second but Matty Carp struck out. But Beltran singled them in to make it 4-1. After Holliday singled, Allen Craig doubled in another run to make 5-1. Had it not been a ground rule double it would have another run. In the eighth, Holliday struck out but reached on a wild pitch. Craig singled and Molina bounced out, moving the runners over. Jon Jay was intentionally walked to face Descalso. The thing is, Descalso made them pay by drilling a 1-2 pitch into the right field seats for a grand slam and a 9-1 lead. The Cards added another run in the ninth as did the Padres to end the final score at 10-2.
I’ll admit, I worry about Descalso and his hitting. He’s a gritty player, the kind you want on your team. He gives you a hundred percent and never complains. He was a hero tonight and that’s great for him, especially since the last time he came up with the bases loaded Saturday night he struck out and was quite reviled for it, so good for him on this one.
Next up, Tyler Lyons makes his debut as the Cards try to win the series.