After being defeated the past several games, including a blowout, the Cards turned to 22-yearold rookie Shelby Miller to stem the bleeding. Going into the bottom of the first, it wasn’t looking too good. The D-Backs had jumped to a two run lead and many were wondering if it was going to be more of the same. It didn’t last. With one out, Yadier Molina, fresh from his one game suspension, singled to bring up Matt Holliday. He unloaded on the first pitch and tied the game up with a monstrous blast over the bullpen in left. In between, Shelby began picking up steam on the mound while throwing zeroes. In the fourth, Daniel Descalso led off the inning with a double. Jon Jay ripped a single to right that just barely scored Descalso to give the Cards a 3-2 lead. After Shelby struck out, Matty Carp blooped a single to left centerfield to prolong his hitting streak to fifteen games. Yadier came up and hit a come-backer to Ian Kennedy, Arizona’s starting pitcher. No one covered second as Kennedy threw to the shortstop who did get Molina out at first. After Holliday walked to load the bases, Allen Craig lined a single to center to give the Cards a 5-3 lead.
Up came Matt Adams and on a full count, ripped a blast over the bullpen in right to give the Cards an 8-2 lead. So up comes David Freese and he promptly walks and Daniel Descalso delivered again, this time a two-run homer to right to give the Cards an 8-2 lead. One thing about the Cards this year, they have put up a lot of crooked numbers this year. They’ve had several seven or eight run innings. But that was not all. Leading off the fifth, Shelby, who already singled earlier hit his first Major League homerun and the crowd went nuts. On the very next pitch to Matty Carp, he homered to deep rightfield and the lead was now 12-2. Shelby almost had another hit but was robbed of one by the third baseman, Martin Prado. Shelby did go six innings, striking out nine and walked no one.
If there was anything bad it was the bullpen. Normally reliable Seth Maness retired the first batter but four consecutive singles knocked him out of the game. All were ground balls that just found holes. He wasn’t hit too particularly hard. Lefty Kevin Siegrist made his debut and gave up a single that scored another run but then struck out the next two hitters. He pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two more. Keith Butler came in and was a mess, allowing three more runs, twice walking a hitter with the bases loaded. Chief Mujica came in and got his 18th save. Someone other than Mujica and Trevor Rosenthal must step up. Siegrist could be a find and Maness is usually more reliable. I think Keith Butler is going to be a very good middle relief pitcher but I’m not sure he’s ready. Randy Choate needs to be more reliable and I believe Joe Kelly, who was off limits, is getting there. Still, the Cards did win and gain a half game on both the Pirates and Reds
Next up is the Cincinnati Reds and this could be the chance to widen the lead. With Adam Wainwright on the mound, we stand a very good chance of that.