All posts by UConn Card

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Sunday, September 27, 2020

photo: Harrison Bader via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Sunday, September 27, 2020 – St. Louis 5 vs. Milwaukee 2

By any measure, the St Louis Cardinals’ season was unique, even for a year as unusual as 2020.  While most other Major League squads ‘merely’ dealt with the compacted 60-game schedule, the Cardinals persevered through a 17-day gap in play sparked by positive tests for the coronavirus.  That interruption resulted in 11 double headers, 53 games in 44 days and a seemingly endless revolving door between the active and Injury Lists.

But on the last day of the regular season, St Louis’ journey took them to clinch the number five seed in the National League’s postseason with a 5-2 victory over division rival Milwaukee (29-31).  The Cardinals (30-28) claimed the five-game set, three games to two, and will face fourth-seeded San Diego beginning Wednesday.

The margin of victory was generated in the third when the home team scored four times.  Speedster Harrison Bader led off with his second triple of 2020 which was followed by Tyler O’Neill’s walk and stolen base.  An injury delay ensued whereupon Milwaukee starter Brett Anderson (L, 4-4) had to leave the game with a finger issue.

Kolten Wong pounced on Anderson’s replacement, Freddy Peralta, with an infield single, scoring both Bader and O’Neill.  Wong ended up on second due to a throwing error by Peralta, putting him in position to come home on Paul Goldschmidt’s line drive single up the middle.  A base-on-balls to Yadier Molina advanced Goldschmidt to second, and the latter crossed home plate on Paul DeJong’s single to left.

Starter Austin Gomber, who had tossed a crisp initial three frames, showed the results of sitting during the extended bottom half of the third the next inning.  The lefty issued free passes to his first two batters then wild pitched both runners into scoring position.  Gomber regrouped by sandwiching an RBI groundout between two strikeouts, this minimizing the damage.  At 75 pitches, within one of his season-high, Gomber’s day was done with a stat line of one run allowed on one hit and two walks with three K’s.

Austin Gomber via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Bader got that run right back in the home half of the fourth, leading off with a 425-ft blast that hit Fredbird’s painting set up on the steps halfway up into Big Mac Land.  The center fielder went 2-for-3 with a triple and solo shot, touched home twice and drove in two.

The only other Cardinal with a multi-hit performance was Goldschmidt, who singled three times in four at bats (finishing at .304 for the season), scored one and knocked in another.  Kolten Wong’s third-inning single, his only hit in four at bats, extended his hitting streak to seven games.

Paul Goldschmidt via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Each team traded zeros on the scoreboard over the next four innings, thanks to the efforts of Giovanny Gallegos, Genesis Cabrera and Alex Reyes, called “The Three Amigos” by manager Mike Shildt after the game.  Gallegos (W, 2-2) retired six batters, yielding a hit to begin the seventh and fanned three. Cabrera replaced Gallegos with a runner on first and tossed a clean seventh, but not before uncorking a wild pitch and walking a batter.

Cabrera left in the eighth after a single and free pass put two on with one out for Reyes.  The flamethrower caught Ryan Braun looking at strike three and Jedd Gyorko swinging through the third strike.

But Reyes was not able to navigate the ninth before causing some serious angst in Cardinal Nation.  A two-out double, walk and RBI single brought the potential tying run to the plate.  However, an athletic play by second baseman Wong generated the third and final out and the Cardinals celebrated reaching the post-season and avoiding a Monday twinbill in Detroit. The team will play its first Wild Card Game in San Diego on Wednesday at a time to be determined.


Other Sunday news

Dakota Hudson’s Tommy John Surgery Confirmed


Exclusively for members of The Cardinal Nation

Walton’s Cardinals Wild Card Roster Predictions – “Dance With Who Brung You!”


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Wednesday, September 23, 2020

photo: Carlos Martinez via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – St. Louis 3 at Kansas City 12

The St. Louis Cardinals (27-26) absorbed a 12-3 pounding at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday in the decisive third game of their series with the Kansas City Royals (23-33).  Following a win by Cincinnati, the Cardinals fell into a second-place tie with the Reds, with both squads 3 ½ games behind Chicago. Milwaukee is just one game behind them.

Starter Carlos Martinez (L, 0-3) was not up to the task of keeping the Royals’ offense at bay, yielding eight runs on nine hits and two walks over five-plus frames.  The right-hander surrendered two of the four home runs slugged off St. Louis pitching, directly accounting for five tallies.

In what turned out to be Martinez’ last pitch of the game, he grabbed his left side, resulting in Seth Elledge’s quick entry.  Martinez was later diagnosed with a left mid-back strain.  Elledge was subsequently tagged for a three-run bomb scoring Martinez’ final two runners, with his long ball one of four hits and a base-on-balls permitted.

Kodi Whitley via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The seventh featured Kodi Whitley’s return to action after his long layoff due to the coronavirus. The right-hander’s last appearance occurred on July 29th.  Whitley allowed a solo shot and fanned one.  Jake Woodford retired the side in order in the ninth, striking out two.

The offense was pretty somnambulant, mustering just one run through the initial eight frames before doubling that output in the last inning.  Yadier Molina and Harrison Bader were the only Cardinals with more than one of the team’s nine hits. Molina went 2-for-3 including a double, plus a walk and run scored out of the five hole.  Batting ninth, Bader singled twice in four at bats, knocking in two.

Harrison Bader via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Thursday’s game:  vs. Milwaukee (27-28), 7:15 p.m. CDT, Kwang Hyun Kim (2-0, 1.59) vs. Corbin Burnes (4-0, 1.77)  FOX Sports Midwest // KMOX


Exclusively for members of The Cardinal Nation

Cardinals Acquire Minor League Left-Hander from Bucs


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Tuesday, September 22, 2020

photo: Dylan Carlson via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – St. Louis 5 at Kansas City 0

A breakout performance by Dylan Carlson and six strong frames by starter Austin Gomber led the St. Louis Cardinals over the Kansas City Royals, 5-0, on Tuesday evening at Kauffman Stadium. The win evened the road series at one game each with one on tap.  The victory also placed St. Louis (27-25) in sole possession of second place in the National League Central, thanks to losses by both the division-leading Cubs and Cincinnati. The Cardinals now trail Chicago by 3 ½ games while the Reds’ drop into a third-place tie with Milwaukee, 4 ½ back.

Mike Shildt via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On a night in which each team saluted the Negro Leagues Centennial by wearing the uniforms of the 1930 St. Louis Stars, a team on which the legendary James “Cool Papa” Bell played, and the 1945 Kansas City Monarchs, who had shortstop Jackie Robinson on their roster, respectively, both Carlson and Gomber brought their best efforts.  With a fly ball to the track in the eighth, Carlson finished a few feet shy of being the first St. Louis player to hit for the cycle since Mark Grudzielanek in 2005. Carlson went 3-for-4 with a single, two-run double and triple, scoring twice. The rookie’s go-ahead two-base hit in the second set the tone for the evening.

The only other Cardinal with more than one of the team’s seven hits was Kolten Wong, who reached base three times by singling twice in three at-bats and driving in one.  Wong worked one of the seven free passes issued by Kansas City’s pitching staff, two of whom eventually crossed home plate.

Austin Gomber via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Moving into St. Louis’ rotation after the recent season-ending injury of Dakota Hudson, Gomber’s impressive effort held the Royals’ offense at bay.  After a first-inning triple, the southpaw did not allow a runner to reach scoring position until the fifth, when a single and throwing error by third baseman Matt Carpenter put a runner on second with one gone.  But Gomber negated the bobble with a line out to left and one of his three strikeouts.  Overall, he gave up four hits did not walk a batter. Gomber was also assisted by a stellar second-inning catch by center fielder Harrison Bader to rob Bubba Starling in a potential-momentum-shifting play. The big lefty noted his changeup was on, enabling him to pitch more efficiently and increase his ground ball rate.

A trio of Cardinals’ relievers held solid over the final three frames:  Ryan Helsley, Genesis Cabrera and Jake Woodford.  Each hurler tossed an inning, with Helsley and Woodford walking one apiece while Cabrera and Woodford permitted a hit.  Woodford struck out the side.

Wednesday’s game:  at Kansas City (22-33), 7:05 p.m. CDT, Carlos Martinez (0-2, 8.40) vs. Danny Duffy (3-4, 5.01)  FOX Sports Midwest // KMOX


Related article

Cardinals Activate Whitley, Officially End Hudson’s Season


Exclusively for members of The Cardinal Nation

Cardinals Acquire Minor League Left-Hander from Bucs


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Monday, September 21, 2020

photo: Adam Wainwright via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Monday, September 21, 2020 – St. Louis 1 at Kansas City 4

Early missed opportunities on offense resulted in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 4-1 defeat to the Kansas City Royals in the three-game series opener at Kauffman Stadium on Monday night.  The loss by St. Louis (26-25), combined with a Cincinnati victory, drops them into a virtual second-place tie with the Reds, 4 ½ games behind Chicago, which also won.

The visitors clung to a slim 1-0 advantage midway through the fifth, thanks to designated hitter Matt Carpenter’s fourth home run of 2020.  But St. Louis failed to expand the lead, having left six on base to that point and grounding into a double play, and it came back to bite them.

Matt Carpenter

Starter Adam Wainwright (L, 5-2) was tagged for three runs on six hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings while fanning seven.  The damage would have been worse but for center fielder Dylan Carlson’s glove and Tyler Webb’s arm.  Carlson’s leaping catch at the wall in the fourth robbed the Royals’ Salvatore Perez of a solo shot and Webb recorded the sixth’s last out to escape a bases-loaded jam, thus stranding Wainwright’s final three base runners.

Webb retired all four batters faced, striking out two, before turning the ball over to Giovanny Gallegos, fresh off the Injured List.  Facing batters for the first time since September 10th, the righty permitted a tally on two hits and a base-on-balls in 2/3 of a frame.  Seth Elledge retired his only batter to strand two inherited runners.

Carpenter’s bomb was one of just six hits for the Cardinals and the only one for extra bases. The designated hitter came into Monday on a 1-for-22 (.045) skid over his prior eight games.

Yadier Molina was the only St. Louis player with multiple hits, singling twice in four at bats.  Tommy Edman extended his hitting streak to nine games with a first-inning single (and also walked) while Dexter Fowler went 1-for-4 in his return from the Injured List.

Tuesday’s game:  at Kansas City (22-32), 7:05 p.m. CDT, Austin Gomber (0-1, 2.37) vs. Brady Singer (3-4, 4.14)   FOX Sports Midwest // KMOX


Related article

Cardinals Activate Two Key Players for the Final Week


Exclusively for members of The Cardinal Nation

Cardinals Acquire Minor League Left-Hander from Bucs


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Sunday, September 20, 2020

photo: Yadier Molina via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Sunday, September 20, 2020 – St. Louis 2 at Pittsburgh 1

An old-fashioned pitching duel broke out in the series finale at PNC Park on Sunday and when the dust cleared, the St. Louis Cardinals had edged the home Pittsburgh Pirates, 2-1.  After dropping the first game of the five-game set, St. Louis (26-24) won the next four, the team’s longest winning streak in 2020.  The victory kept the second-place Cardinals a game up on both Cincinnati and Milwaukee who won their afternoon contests and 3 1/2 behind Chicago which lost Sunday evening.

Both starters, St. Louis’ Jack Flaherty and Pittsburgh’s Joe Musgrove, were near the top of their game, resulting in a scoreless contest through 3 ½ frames.  But the Bucs (15-38) eked out their sole tally in the home half of the fourth on a lead-off double, sacrifice bunt advancing the runner to third and sac fly to center.

That two-bagger was one of only two hits and two walks yielded by Flaherty during his six-inning stint.  Bouncing back from his worst 2020 start last time out versus Milwaukee in which he yielded nine runs in three plus frames, the 24-year-old fanned 11 Pirates, including his final seven recorded outs.

Jack Flaherty via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Despite this effort, Flaherty departed after six with his team down 1-0, because his teammates could get nothing going against Musgrove, who matched Flaherty’s 11 strikeouts over six frames.  Having thrown 94 pitches during that span, Musgrove’s day was over and the bullpen took over.

It was déjà vu all over again as the Cardinals mimicked their exploits of Saturday’s contest by pouncing on Pittsburgh’s relief corps in the seventh inning.  Matt Carpenter led off with a single to left, followed immediately by Yadier Molina’s fourth home run of the season to give St. Louis a 2-1 lead.

That was all the run support needed by the visitors’ relievers, who did not allow a base runner over the final three innings.  Tyler Webb, John Gant and Andrew Miller each tossed a frame, with Webb and Miller striking out one each and Miller earning his third save.  It was Gant’s first action since September 13th when he left that game with a groin injury.

Andrew Miller via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals’ offense consisted of six hits, with two by Paul Goldschmidt in four at bats. Tommy Edman extended his consecutive hitting streak to eight games and his consecutive on-base streak to 11 contests with a seventh-inning single, his only hit in five at bats. Kolten Wong (two steals) and Harrison Bader (one stolen base) each walked.

Monday’s game:  at Kansas City (21-32), 7:05 p.m. CDT, Adam Wainwright (5-1, 2.87) vs. Carlos Hernandez (0-0, 3.86).  FOX Sports Midwest // KMOX


Exclusively for members of The Cardinal Nation

Cardinals Acquire Minor League Left-Hander from Bucs


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Games Recaps – Wednesday, September 16, 2020

photo: Adam Wainwright via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Adam Wainwright’s seven-inning complete game gave St. Louis (22-23) a split of their double-header versus Milwaukee (23-26) at Miller Park on Wednesday.  The Cardinals claimed the opener, 4-2, but were blanked in the finale, 6-0.

The loss, combined with Cincinnati’s fifth consecutive win, drops St. Louis into a second-place tie with the Reds in the National League Central, 5 ½ games behind Chicago.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 – St. Louis 4 at Milwaukee 2 (7 innings) – Game 1

As he has done all season, Wainwright came through for his team when they needed him most.  The 39-year old overcame a first inning in which he served up a two-run long ball, allowing just three more base runners the rest of the way.  Wainwright (W, 5-1) struck out nine against four hits and one walk yielded.

Tyler O’Neill via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The offense backed their mound leader with single tallies in four frames.  The scoring began with Tyler O’Neill’s solo shot in the second and finished with another solo bomb by Brad Miller in the sixth.  The Cardinals generated seven hits in all, with Miller the only player with a multi-hit performance.  The designated hitter added his sixth double of 2020 to his seventh home run in three at bats.  O’Neill added his second RBI of the night on a sac fly driving in Paul Goldschmidt (single), knotting the game at 2-2 after four. In his St. Louis debut, 29th man outfielder Justin Williams collected a single.

Justin Williams via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis 0 at Milwaukee 6 (7 innings) – Game 2

It was all Milwaukee in Game 2, which made up a contest postponed on July 31st. Manager Mike Shildt served his one-game suspension, handed down that afternoon, and sat out the nightcap.

So did his offense.

St. Louis’ lineup mustered just two hits and two walks in total against four Brewers pitchers.  No Cardinal reached base more than once. It continued a pattern of little offense during Johan Oviedo’s starts – just six runs in total support over the rookie’s five outings.

Johan Oviedo via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Oviedo, fresh off the Injured List due to coronavirus precautions, absorbed his third loss in as many decisions.  The 22-year-old was tagged for six runs, five earned, on seven hits and two free passes over 5 1/3 frames.  He also hit three batters.

The big damage came from two home run balls, one in his first and one in his last inning of work.  Those long balls resulted in five of the six tallies yielded.  In between those two blasts, Oviedo compiled four frames of shutout ball.  Seth Elledge recorded the final two outs, issuing one free pass.

Behind Oviedo, Miller committed an error on a dropped popup and catcher Matt Wieters was charged with a passed ball.

The Cardinals dropped the series in Milwaukee two games to three while batting a collective .208 and being outscored 11-30. They will play the Brew Crew five more times starting on September 24 at Busch Stadium.

Thursday’s game:  at fifth-place Pittsburgh (14-34), 6:05 p.m. CDT, Dakota Hudson (3-2, 2.92) vs. Steven Brault (0-3, 5.06), FOX Sports Midwest/KMOX


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Cardinals Adjust Alternate Camp Plan with Instructional Camp TBD


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Tuesday, September 15, 2020

photo: Jack Flaherty via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 – St. Louis 3 at Milwaukee 18

A tumultuous contest featuring the benches clearing, costly injuries and ejections was part of an 18-3 trouncing of the St. Louis Cardinals by the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park Tuesday evening.  St. Louis (21-22) has won just one of the series’ initial three games with the double-header finale set for Wednesday.

Before the game ever began, a down note was sounded as lead-off hitter Kolten Wong was a late scratch due to a left side injury that may or may not require an injured list move. Even so, the visitors mustered a run in the first frame for an early lead.  However, Milwaukee answered with two solo home runs in the home half of the inning and it was all downhill for the Cardinals after that.

Jack Flaherty (L, 3-2) lasted just three plus innings, surrendering nine runs, earned, on eight hits and two walks. The righty struck out six. The solo shots were two of four home runs hit off St. Louis pitching.

Jake Woodford was equally ineffective, retiring four batters and serving up a bomb comprising three of the five tallies allowed on three hits and three walks.

Rob Kaminsky replaced Woodford with two on and one gone in what proved to be a turbulent fifth inning.  A free pass loaded the bases for Ryan Braun, who was awarded first when his swing hit Yadier Molina’s left wrist in what was ruled catcher’s interference.  While Molina was being attended to by St. Louis’ medical staff, a contretemps erupted whereby both benches and bullpens cleared, leading to ejections of both managers – Mike Shildt and Craig Counsell.

After the game, Shildt was vehement in his defense of his catcher, defending his toughness. The manager was careful not to make allegations against Braun, but noted that “it just didn’t look good” because there was “a little conversation prior to it.”

Mike Shildt via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Molina remained in the game for two more frames before departing for scans and treatment. His ongoing playing status remains to be seen. Post-game, Shildt said, “There is some discomfort there, for sure. If Yadier Molina is in discomfort, something is wrong.”

Meanwhile, St. Louis pitchers continued to be pounded.  Kaminsky finished the fifth but not before yielding three runs, two earned, on a hit and two walks.  Woodford and Kaminsky allowed both inherited runners to score.

Nabil Crismatt was relatively effective, all things considered.  The 25-year-old tossed the final three innings, giving up three hits, including a solo long ball.

Offensively, the Cardinals managed seven hits, with Tommy Edman the sole player with multiples.  The second baseman singled twice in four at bats with a walk and run scored.  Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-2 with a double, walk and two RBI before exiting for the night when Kaminsky entered.

Paul Goldschmidt via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

After Chicago’s late win, St. Louis has fallen to five games back in the Central Division and drops below .500 for the first time this season. Their hold on second place is increasingly tenuous, with Milwaukee a half-game behind the Cards and the Reds just one game back.

Wednesday’s games:  at Milwaukee (22-25).  Game 1 – 4:10 pm CDT, Adam Wainwright (4-1, 2.91) vs. Brandon Woodruff (2-3, 3.40) // Game 2 – 45 minutes after the first game’s finish, Johan Oviedo (0-2, 4.66, tentative off the IL) vs. Brent Suter (2-0, 3.52)  FOX Sports Midwest // KMOX


Exclusively for members of The Cardinal Nation

Cardinals Adjust Alternate Camp Plan with Instructional Camp TBD


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Games Recaps – Monday, September 14, 2020

photo: Daniel Ponce de Leon via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Two extra-inning affairs generated different results for the St Louis Cardinals (21-21) as they split Monday’s doubleheader at Milwaukee, dropping the opener, 2-1, but claiming the finale, 3-2. Starters Kwang-Hyun Kim and Daniel Ponce de Leon excelled.

Monday, September 14, 2020 – St. Louis 1 at Milwaukee 2 (8 innings) – Game 1

In the opener, the visitors squandered a stellar performance by starter Kwang Hyun Kim in his return from the Injured List.  Kim blanked the opposition on three hits and three walks, one intentional, over the regulation seven frames while striking out six.  The southpaw has not been scored upon in his last four MLB starts covering 24 innings.

Kwang-Hyun Kim via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals offense could not back Kim’s outstanding effort, however, managing just four hits through seven innings and sending the game into extra innings.  St. Louis finally broke through in the eighth after Tommy Edman’s two-out single brought home Tyler O’Neill, who began the frame on second.

Ryan Helsley (L, 1-1) (BS,2) was not up to the task of holding the 1-0 advantage.  The righty allowed a game-tying double with one gone, bringing Austin Gomber into the game.  With a runner at third thanks to a throw home on the run-scoring play, Gomber issued a free pass and sac fly that ended the contest.

St. Louis mustered five total hits, all singles, with no player having more than one.  Paul DeJong and Edman both reached base twice. DeJong went 1-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch and Edman added a base-on-balls to his RBI single in three at-bats.

Monday, September 14, 2020 – St. Louis 3 at Milwaukee 2 (9 innings) – Game 2

The closing contest shaped up to end much the same way as the opening defeat with St. Louis trailing 2-1 and three outs to go.  A last-gasp rally by the Cardinals, however, knotted the game at 1-1, triggering another extra-inning decision.

Paul Goldschmidt doubled to lead off the seventh, his second hit in five at bats and the only one of his squad’s 10 hits to go for extra bases.  Brad Miller’s single to left drove in Goldschmidt, sending the game into extras.

After neither team broke through in the eighth, DeJong’s third single of the game brought Edman across home after the latter began the frame at second.  DeJong’s three hits in five at bats led St. Louis’ offense.  Catcher Matt Wieters and Goldschmidt had two hits apiece and Edman worked two free passes, scoring both times.

Paul DeJong via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Daniel Ponce de Leon tossed his strongest effort of 2020, striking out nine over six-plus innings.  The only damage against the right-hander was via a two-run home run by former Cardinal Jedd Gyorko in his final inning of work, one of only four hits and a walk permitted.

Alex Reyes struck out the side in the seventh, walking one and leaving Ponce de Leon’s final runner on base.  Genesis Cabrera (W, 4-1) matched Reyes’ stats the next frame with three K’s and a free pass but hit a batter that jammed the sacks full before his last strikeout.  Tyler Webb (S, 1) used a 6-4-3 double play to erase the lead-off free pass he issued then notched a swinging K for the save.

In Game 2, the Cardinals set dual strikeout high-water marks in 2020. The offense collectively fanned 16 times as St. Louis pitchers set down 16 Brewers by strikes.

The victory prevented the Brewers from tying the Cardinals for second-place in the National League standings, instead leaving them two games behind St. Louis with three games to go in the series.

Tuesday’s game:  at Milwaukee (21-25), 6:40 pm CDT, Jack Flaherty (3-1, 3.08) vs. Brett Anderson (2-3, 4.64)   FOX Sports Midwest/KMOX


Related article

Cardinals Add Monday’s Starting Pitching Duo


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Cardinals Adjust Alternate Camp Plan with Instructional Camp TBD


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Sunday, September 13, 2020

photo: Carlos Martinez via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Sunday, September 13, 2020 – St. Louis 5 vs. Cincinnati 10

The St. Louis Cardinals’ failure to hold two separate leads resulted in a 10-5 home loss to the Cincinnati Reds in the rubber game of the three-game series, held Sunday afternoon.

Facing five games in three days just ahead, St. Louis (20-20) needed to minimize the number of pitchers used.  The contest did not play out that way, however, as the home team was forced to send seven hurlers to the mound, all of whom were scored upon.

Starter Carlos Martinez fanned eight over four innings but surrendered three tallies on six hits and two walks.  His final stat line was inflated by left fielder Austin Dean’s failure to catch a routine fly ball for what would be the last out in the third and left St Louis up 3-1.  Instead, the third finished with the score knotted at 3-3. (Dean departed after four innings with right elbow discomfort.)

St. Louis reclaimed a 5-3 lead with four consecutive singles in the home fifth but the bullpen allowed Cincinnati (21-26) to score in each of the next four frames.  Genesis Cabrera tossed a clean fifth but got the hook after issuing a lead off free pass in the sixth.  That runner crossed home plate under Alex Reyes’ watch after the righty gave up two singles.

Reyes retired three batters, his final out recorded just prior to a seventh-inning base-on-balls that brought John Gant into the game.  Gant (L, 0-3) lasted just one batter, yielding a single before exiting with what was subsequently termed “right groin soreness, status day-to-day”.

Pitching for his second straight day, Andrew Miller (BS, 1) had trouble finding the strike zone.  The right-hander plunked his initial batter, leaving nowhere to put his next hitter when he walked him.  That free pass brought Reyes’ final runner across home and soon, Gant’s runner scored via a wild pitch.   A 5-3 ground out brought in another runner, this one charged to Miller.

Jake Woodford pitched the eighth during which he served up a two-out home run.  Nabil Crismatt tossed the ninth, permitting a single and bomb to his first two batters.

Cardinals pitching fanned 14 Reds, but also yielded three home runs, walked five, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.

Matt Carpenter via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Matt Carpenter was the sole Cardinal with more than one of his squad’s eight hits, singling and doubling in four at bats, touching home twice and driving in one.  Designated hitter Brad Miller was issued three free passes but was stranded each time.  Paul DeJong accounted for two tallies, going 0-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and one knocked in via a sacrifice fly.

On Sunday, the Cubs routed the Brewers 12-0 on a no-hitter by Alec Mills. In the process, Chicago increased its division lead over the Cardinals to four games.

St. Louis heads out on a very challenging 10-day, 13-game road trip to Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Kansas City.

Monday’s games:  doubleheader at Milwaukee (20-24).  Game 1 – 4:10 p.m. CDT, Kwang Hyun Kim (2-0, 0.83) vs. Josh Lindblom (1-3, 6.06)  //  Game 2 (make up of August 1 postponement) – 45 minutes after Game 1 finish, Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-3, 7.47) vs. Corbin Burnes (3-0, 1.99)   FOX Sports Midwest/KMOX


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Eight Provide St. Louis Cardinals Unexpected Relief


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Games Recaps – Tuesday, September 8, 2020

photo: Tommy Edman via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Despite just nine hits in 14 innings, the St. Louis Cardinals (18-17) split a twin bill with Minnesota (27-18) at Busch Stadium on Tuesday, falling 7-3 in the opener but claiming the finale 6-4.  The Game 2 victory prevented a season series sweep by the Twins, which claimed both July games played at Target Field.



Tuesday, September 8, 2020 – St. Louis 3 vs. Minnesota 7 (Game 1, seven innings)

The first contest featured the return of starting pitcher Carlos Martinez after his extended absence due to the coronavirus.  While Martinez absorbed his second loss in as many decisions, the primary damage against him came on a three-run long ball that occurred just after his defense was unable to initiate an inning-ending double play.  Overall, the right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk in 3 2/3 frames.

Carlos Martinez via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation

Jake Woodford and Ryan Helsley shared pitching duties for the game’s balance and both fell prey to the home run ball  Woodford went 2 1/3 innings, yielding a solo shot comprising one of his two hits given up to go with a base-on-balls before Helsley surrendered a two-run shot in the seventh.

St. Louis was blanked until the home half of the sixth when Tommy Edman launched a two-run blast over the right field wall with Kolten Wong (walk) aboard.  It was the third baseman’s second home run in three games and only his third of the season.

Paul Goldschmidt accounted for his team’s last run, following Edman’s bomb with a single to center.  A passed ball and groundball out put the first baseman in position to score via a wild pitch.  Goldschmidt’s two singles in three at bats were half of the Cardinals’ meager total of four hits.

St. Louis 6 vs. Minnesota 4 (Game 2, seven innings)

The Cardinals triumphed in the nightcap thanks to a truly odd third inning that had reporters checking the Elias Sports Bureau for similar occurrences.

St. Louis began the third facing a 2-0 deficit but the momentum swung their way by the end of the frame after the home team touched home five times but managed just one hit, a single, with runners in scoring position.

Matt Carpenter singled to open the inning but the bases were quickly filled after Matt Wieters was plunked and Harrison Bader walked.  Tommy Edman became the first of eight Cardinals that inning to have a plate appearance with the bases loaded.  (The last team to have eight or more straight plate appearances with the bases loaded in a game/inning was the Florida Marlins in 2009.)

Edman was hit by a pitch, a call that was reviewed and upheld, bringing Carpenter across home.  Paul DeJong was issued a free pass, forcing Wieters in to tie the game at 2-2.  Goldschmidt K’d swinging.  Brad Miller hit a squibber toward the first baseman whose throw home arrived after Bader slid feet first across home.

Rangel Ravelo’s single to left drove in Edman, the team’s sole hit that inning with runners in scoring position. After Tyler O’Neill grounded into a force at home, Carpenter returned to the plate.  His base-on-balls pushed Miller across home, making the score 5-2.  The walk was the 600th of Carpenter’s career, tying him with The Rajah, Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby, for seventh all-time in team history.

The third ended with yet another unusual feat – a 19-pitch at bat by Wieters ending in a fly out.  That was the most pitches seen in a plate appearance by a Cardinals hitter dating back to 1988, the first time pitch counts were tracked.  It was also the most in a bases-loaded situation and the third most overall in that span among Cardinals.

Matt Wieters via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The home team managed just five hits in all, all singles, with the last one a sixth-inning RBI single by Kolten Wong. It drove in Edman, who had worked the last of his squad’s six free passes and scored two runs in Game 2. Every Cardinals starter except Tyler O’Neill reached base at least once via hit, walk or hit-by-pitch (Wieters).

Tuesday’s 29th man, up from the alternate camp, Daniel Ponce de Leon, tossed the initial three frames. The right-hander yielded two runs on five hits and a walk, both scores the result of one home run.  Genesis Cabrera (W, 3-1) and John Gant each hurled a scoreless inning.  Andrew Miller retired his first two batters but got the hook after hitting the next one.  Giovanny Gallegos recorded his four save but not before giving up a solo shot in the seventh.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

Thursday’s games: doubleheader vs. Detroit, 1:15 p.m. Game 1, RHP Jack Flaherty (2-1, 2.95) vs. TBA, Game 2 (45 minutes after Game 1), LHP Austin Gomber (0-0, 0.64) vs. TBA, FS Midwest // KMOX // WIJR


Related article

Cardinals Activate Carlos Martinez, Option Out Dylan Carlson


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

The Next Turn in Carlos Martinez’ Winding 2020 Road is Just Ahead


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Monday, September 7, 2020

photo: Kolten Wong via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Monday, September 7, 2020 – St. Louis 1 at Chicago 5

A misfiring offense combined with sub-par defense resulted in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 5-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs (24-18) in the series finale.  St. Louis (17-16) captured the five-game set, three-games-to-two, and finished their eight-game road trip with a 5-3 mark.

The visitors generated seven hits but converted only one into a tally, instead hitting into three double plays.  Leadoff batter Kolten Wong reached base three times, going 2-for-3 plus a hit-by-pitch.  But the St. Louis’ #2, #3 and #4 hitters went a combined 2-for-12, stranding six base runners.

Number three hitter Paul Goldschmidt was the only other Cardinal with more than one hit with two singles in four at bats.  St. Louis’ sole score occurred in the seventh after Brad Miller touched home on a single up the middle by catcher Matt Wieters, who entered the game that inning for Yadier Molina, who exited with a left elbow contusion.

Johan Oviedo via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Starter Johan Oviedo (L, 0-2) was tagged for five runs on eight hits, three walks and a wild pitch in 4 /3 frames.  However, only three of the five tallies were earned due to throwing errors by third baseman Matt Carpenter and second baseman Wong.  The righty had only one inning in which he was not scored upon but with innings at a premium due to double headers sandwiched around the team’s final off day of the season on Wednesday, Oviedo remained on the mound.

The bullpen continued their sterling success by combining for 3 1/3 scoreless frames.  Tyler Webb recorded four outs, working around a hit and walk while stranding Oviedo’s last runner.  Seth Elledge issued a free pass in his clean seventh and Rob Kaminsky allowed a hit in the eighth.

St. Louis concludes the road trip with a 17-16 record, putting them 2 ½ games behind the Cubs in the National League Central. The two clubs split their now-concluded season head-to-head match-ups at five wins apiece.

Tuesday’s games:  vs. Minnesota (26-17).  Game 1 – 2:15 p.m. CDT, Carlos Martinez (0-1, 14.73) vs. Jose Berrios (3-3, 4.29) // Game 2 – 45 minutes post Game 1 finish, Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-3, 7.82) vs. Randy Dobnak (6-2, 2.72), FOX Sports Midwest // KMOX


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

St. Louis Cardinals Draft Recap 2009-2019 – 11th-20th Rounds


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Sunday, September 6, 2020

photo: Harrison Bader via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Sunday, September 6, 2020 – St. Louis 7 at Chicago 3

Paul Goldschmidt’s three-run home run that left Wrigley Field gave the St. Louis Cardinals a lead they never relinquished as the visitors flew past the Chicago Cubs, 7-3, in a nationally-televised Sunday night contest.  St. Louis’ (17-15) third straight win allowed them to clinch the five-game, four-day set versus their division rivals with one game yet to play.

Goldschmidt’s fourth blast of the season was part of a four-run third that flipped a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 advantage.  It came with Kolten Wong (double) and Tommy Edman (fielder’s choice) aboard and was the first baseman’s only hit in five at bats.  The offense was not finished, however.  Rangel Ravelo lined a double into right later that frame, scoring Tyler O’Neill after the latter singled up the middle with two gone.

Paul DeJong via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Harrison Bader spearheaded his team’s 12-hit attack, going a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles, a hit-by-pitch and run scored out of the nine hole.  Other Cardinals with more than one hit were Paul DeJong and Wong with two apiece.  DeJong went 2-for-4 with a walk and RBI while Wong singled and doubled in five at bats, crossed home plate once and knocked in one.  Edman gave his team a short-lived lead with a first-inning solo shot. Yadier Molina was the only Cardinal without a hit, but the catcher reached base via a free pass.

Although Dakota Hudson (W, 2-2) allowed base runners in four of his five innings on the mound, he limited the damage to three runs on five hits and two walks.  All three tallies permitted were generated by two long balls.  The righty fanned four.

Dakota Hudson via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

A trio of St. Louis relievers held their opponents to just one base runner the rest of the way.  Alex Reyes retired all five batters faced, striking out three.  All four outs recorded by Genesis Cabrera were K’s, negating a lead-off double in the eighth.  Giovanny Gallegos worked a one-two-three ninth, striking out one.

St Louis moves to within 1 ½ games of division-leading Chicago with the victory.

Monday’s game:  at Chicago (23-18), 3:10 pm CDT, Johan Oviedo (0-1, 4.30) vs. Kyle Hendricks (4-4, 3.78), FOX Sports Midwest // ESPN // KMOX


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

St. Louis Cardinals Draft Recap 2009-2019 – 11th-20th Rounds


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Wednesday, September 2, 2020

photo: Johan Oviedo via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Wednesday’s difference was in the ninth, when the St. Louis Cardinals could not break a tie score but the Cincinnati Reds did, walking off a 4-3 victory. Cardinals rookie starter Johan Oviedo yielded three runs in 4 2/3 innings.



Wednesday, September 2, 2020 – Cincinnati 4, St. Louis 3

Failure by the St. Louis Cardinals to cash in on a ninth-inning opportunity led to a 4-3 walk-off loss to the Cincinnati Reds (16-21) in the road series finale Wednesday evening.  St. Louis (14-14) took the three-game set, two-games-to-one.

The Cards had the sacks jammed with one out but neither Tyler O’Neill nor Lane Thomas were able to convert the opportunity into a lead, as both outfielders struck out swinging.

Free passes came back to bite St. Louis in the bottom of the frame.  Giovanny Gallegos (L, 1-1) issued consecutive one-out walks before permitting a single to right that ended the game.

Starter Johan Oviedo took a 3-1 lead into the home half of the fifth, an inning he could not finish.  The righty surrendered a two-run home run that was one of three hits and a base-on-balls allowed.  Oviedo plunked two batters and fanned five.

Genesis Cabrera secured the final out of the fifth and five more outs, walking two, before both John Gant and Austin Gomber each retired two batters.  Cabrera and Gant stranded an inherited runner each.

Brad Miller via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Brad Miller led off the second with his fifth blast of 2020 to put the visitors up 1-0.  It was a short-lived lead, however, as Cincinnati responded with a tally in the bottom of the frame.

Yadier Molina gave the Cardinals their final lead when he opened the fifth with his second long ball of the season, moving him into a 10th-place tie with Johnny Mize on St Louis’ all-time home run list.  Kolten Wong doubled home O’Neill (double) later than inning for his squad’s last score.

St. Louis was held to just six hits, with Miller the only player with multiples.  The designated hitter went 2-for-3 with a walk and the aforementioned solo shot. Tyler O’Neill (RBI) and Kolten Wong (run scored) doubled. Paul DeJong drew a pair of free passes.

Chicago won Wednesday, with the Cardinals falling to four games behind the Cubs in the National League Central Division.

Thursday’s game:  Off

Friday’s game: at Chicago Cubs, 7:15 p.m., RHP Jack Flaherty (2-0, 1.93) vs. RHP Yu Darvish (6-1, 1.47), FOX Sports Midwest // KMOX


Link to related article

Prior to the game, the Cardinals made roster moves for the third consecutive day.

Dexter Fowler Out Indefinitely Due to Immune System Risk


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Can the Cardinals Continue to Play Both Carpenter and Carlson?


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Tuesday, September 1, 2020

photo: Brad Miller via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Kwang-Hyun Kim tossed five shutout innings on Tuesday evening, but the St. Louis Cardinals offense was the top story, scoring 16 runs, seven of which were plated by designated hitter and cleanup man Brad Miller. The Cards blasted the Cincinnati Reds 16-2 at Great American Ball Park Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 – St. Louis 16 at Cincinnati 2

Brad Miller’s career night paced the St. Louis Cardinals (14-13) in their 16-2 drubbing of the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday evening.  The Cardinals have won the first two of the three-game set at Great American Ballpark.

On paper, the game appeared to become a pitching duel between two starters sporting sub 2.00 ERAs:  the Reds’ Sonny Gray and St Louis’ Kwang Hyun Kim.  But reality was far different.

The visitors exploded for six first-inning tallies off Gray (L, 5-2), who did not finish the frame.  Miller’s bases-loaded double brought Kolten Wong (single) and Tommy Edman (single) across for the first two scores.  The double was part of the designated hitter/third baseman’s 4-for-6 effort including two two-run home runs that were four of his career-high seven RBI.

The Cardinals pressured Reds hurlers the rest of the way, scoring in seven of nine innings, while the home team was forced to burn through six pitchers before finally sending a position player to the mound.  The offense generated 23 hits in all with six players compiling multi-hit performances:  Miller, Wong, Edman, Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong and Andrew Knizner.

Kolten Wong via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Leadoff man Wong went a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, four runs scored and two driven in before being hit on the top of the foot by a pitch in the sixth.  (Wong ran the bases but was replaced defensively with his squad up 13-1. He said he was fine after the game.)  Edman  and Molina had three hits each, the former in seven at bats with a double, a run scored and an RBI while Molina singled three times in six at bats with a run driven in.  DeJong and Knizner, a mid-game insertion, had two hits apiece.

Kwang-Hyun Kim via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Kim (W, 2-0) turned in another noteworthy effort, blanking Cincinnati on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts over five innings.  The southpaw also dealt with the delays between innings resulting from St. Louis’ offensive productivity – the first inning’s length was such that it was about 40 minutes from the time Kim finished his warm up until he took the mound for his first pitch. Kim said he kept loose by throwing twice in the batting cage, a routine he had followed before in Korea.

In his first action since being activated off the Injured List due to COVID-19 earlier in the day, reliever Ryan Helsley replaced Kim for the sixth inning.  Helsley was understandably rusty, yielding a solo bomb that was one of two hits and a walk permitted.

Tyler Webb pitched a clean seventh, working around two hits and a base-on-balls before handing the ball off to Ryan Meisinger.  The 26-year-old issued two free passes in a scoreless eighth, Meisinger’s first action since being recalled last Saturday. Another recent returnee to the pen, Seth Elledge, was touched for a run in the ninth.

The Cubs blew a six-run lead in Pittsburgh, but survived by an 8-7 score in 11 innings. Chicago maintained its three-game NL Central lead over St. Louis as both teams won Tuesday.

Wednesday’s game:  at Cincinnati (15-21), 5:40 p.m. CDT, Johan Oviedo (0-1, 3.60) vs. Tyler Mahle (1-1, 3.91), FOX Sports Midwest // KMOX


Link to related article

Prior to the game, the Cardinals made three roster moves for the second consecutive day.

Cardinals Activate Helsley, Remove Cruz from the 40-Man Roster


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Where are they now? St. Louis Cardinals First Baseman Xavier Scruggs


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Monday, August 31, 2020

photo: Dakota Hudson via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Monday, August 31, 2020 – St. Louis 7 at Cincinnati 5

Paul DeJong’s first career grand slam backed Dakota Hudson’s strong start as the St. Louis Cardinals (13-13) held off a late rally and topped the Cincinnati Reds, 7-5, in the series opener at Great American Ballpark Monday evening.

DeJong’s big blast came with his team holding a 3-1 fourth-inning advantage and was one of the shortstop’s two hits in four at-bats.  The bomb plated Kolten Wong, who had lined a one-out single up the middle before Paul Goldschmidt and Brad Miller worked back-to-back walks with two gone.

Paul DeJong via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Goldschmidt was an on-base machine, reaching base five times (for the 21st time in his career!) by going 3-for-3 with a double, walk, hit-by-pitch, steal, run scored and RBI.  Tommy Edman joined DeJong and Wong with two hits in five at-bats apiece. DeJong swiped a bag and Edman doubled once.  The visitors garnered 10 hits in all to go with five bases-on-balls.

Over on the mound, Dakota Hudson hurled a gem, fanning seven Reds over seven frames while limiting them to just one earned run, two overall, on four hits.  It was only the second time the right-hander had gone seven innings in a road game in his career.  Hudson did not issue a free pass.

While DeJong’s home run gave the Cardinals a seemingly comfortable 7-1 lead, history has shown no lead is safe in this park.  That came to pass in the ninth inning.

After facing the minimum in the eighth, Austin Gomber yielded a lead-off single to Joey Votto the next frame.  That brought Jake Woodford into the game and the rookie was not able to escape unscathed.  Woodford struck out Nick Castellanos on a foul tip but allowed a single, putting two on for Eugenio Suarez who planted his eighth long ball of 2020 over the center field wall.  That was the first run scored off Gomber in 10 2/3 innings over seven appearances this season.

Giovanny Gallegos via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Now facing a save situation, St. Louis turned to closer Giovanny Gallegos, who made quick work of both Mike Moustakas and Aristides Aquino.  The 29-year-old struck out both batters swinging on nine total pitches.

With the Chicago Cubs off Monday, the Cardinals’ second consecutive win returned them to three games back of the National League Central Division leaders.

Tuesday’s game:  at Cincinnati (15-20), 5:40 p.m. CDT, Kwang Hyun Kim (1-0, 1.08) vs. Sonny Gray (5-1, 1.94), FOX Sports Midwest // KMOX


Link to related article

Prior to the game, the Cardinals made three roster moves and the team’s manager and president of baseball operations shared news on a number of players.

Lane Thomas Returns to Cardinals as Ricardo Sanchez’ Year Ends


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Where are they now? St. Louis Cardinals First Baseman Xavier Scruggs


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Sunday, August 30, 2020

photo: Adam Wainwright via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals staged an early comeback behind milestone performances from Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina to defeat Cleveland by a 7-2 score at Busch Stadium Sunday afternoon. Wainwright tossed a complete game and Dexter Fowler plated three.



Sunday, August 30, 2020St. Louis 7, Cleveland 2

On his 39th birthday, starter Adam Wainwright gave St. Louis Cardinals fans a truly special gift – one of the best performances of his career.  The results?  A 7-2 complete-game victory over Cleveland (21-13) at Busch stadium.  The victory salvaged the third and final game of the series for St Louis (12-13), snapping a four-game losing streak and ending the Indians’ 10-game road winning streak.

This was the 23rd complete game of his career for Wainwright (W, 3-0) and his first since July 16, 2016.  The pitching staff’s leader seemed to get stronger as the contest progressed, the only mark against him occurring on a two-run home run in the second by outfielder Tyler Naquin. Wainwright retired his last 11 batters in a row and 19 of his last 21.  The righty notched a season-high nine strikeouts, yielding just four hits and two walks.

Yadier Molina via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Behind the plate for the 269th time in Wainwright’s career was Yadier Molina, who was playing in his 2,000th game as a Cardinal.  That figure places the future Hall of Famer third on St. Louis’ all-time games played list behind Hall of Famers Stan Musial and Lou Brock. Also, Molina collected his 1980th and 1981st career base hits, moving him into sixth all-time among Cardinals, passing Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst. His RBI put him just four behind Ted Simmons for seventh place on St. Louis’ all-time list.

At the game’s conclusion, after the two warriors hugged in celebration, Wainwright tipped his cap to the Indians dugout as the opposing club applauded him, as well. “It was one of the coolest things I have ever had happen to me,” the pitcher said. “It appreciate it. Thank you very much, Cleveland.”

Trailing 2-0 heading into the home half of the second, the Cardinals offense quickly picked Waino up by putting up a four-spot.  Dexter Fowler added to his strong 2020 campaign, lining a bases-loaded double to right that plated Paul DeJong (single) and Molina (single).  The 2-2 tie was immediately extended into a 4-2 lead after Dylan Carlson singled to right, scoring Matt Carpenter (walk) and Fowler.

Dexter Fowler via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis padded the lead the next frame before capping the scoring with single tallies in the seventh and eighth.  In the third inning, Paul Goldschmidt scored via a balk after the first baseman doubled to left with one gone and advanced to third on a ground out.  Fowler led off the seventh with his fourth bomb of 2020 before a single by Molina knocked in DeJong, who had reached on a ground-rule double down the left field line.

Paul DeJong via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

After scoring a total of three runs over the first two games of the series, the Cardinals’ bats generated 11 hits on Sunday.  DeJong led the way, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.  Fowler added a double to his long ball in three at bats, touching home twice and driving in three. Left fielder Tommy Edman joined Molina and Fowler with two hits.

Fowler leads the Cardinals with four home runs and his 12 RBI is just one behind Matt Carpenter for a share of the team lead.

St. Louis completed its 12-game homestand with a 6-6 record.

The Cubs also won Sunday and the Brewers lost, with the Cardinals alone in second place, 3 ½ games behind Chicago in the National League Central Division.

Monday’s game:  at Cincinnati (15-19), 5:40 p.m. CDT, Dakota Hudson (0-2, 3.32) vs. Anthony DeSciafani (1-1, 5.71), FOX Sports Midwest // ESPN // KMOX


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Where are they now? St. Louis Cardinals First Baseman Xavier Scruggs


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Wednesday, August 26, 2020

photo: Dakota Hudson via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals staged an unlikely ninth-inning comeback, scoring four runs to edge the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday evening at Busch Stadium. Dakota Hudson threw six innings of two-run baseball to keep the Cardinals in the game as the offense again had trouble bringing runners home.



Wednesday, August 26, 2020 – St. Louis 6, Kansas City 5

Down three runs with three outs to go, the St. Louis Cardinals rallied for a 6-5 walk-off victory over the Kansas City Royals (12-19) in the series finale at Busch Stadium.  The Cardinals (11-9) claimed two of the three-game set over their cross-state rivals.

The final rally ignited when Paul Goldschmidt worked a free pass with one gone, advancing to third via Brad Miller’s ground-rule double.  Another free pass, to Paul DeJong, jammed the sacks full for pinch hitter Max Schrock, who helped elevate Royals closer Trevor Rosenthal’s pitch count to 34 before striking out.

Schrock’s at bat finished the former Cardinal Rosenthal’s night and his replacement, Randy Rosario, did not retire any of the four batters he faced.  Yadier Molina was hit by a pitch, scoring Goldschmidt to make the score 5-3. Tyler O’Neill’s high line drive bounced off the third baseman into left field, plating Miller and DeJong and knotting the contest at 5-5.  Back-to-back walks to Dylan Carlson and Kolten Wong forced Molina across the plate for the winning margin.

Tyler O’Neill via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Overall, St. Louis’ offense garnered nearly as many bases-on-balls (eight) as hits (nine). The hitters had a very difficult night overall, going just 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position and stranding 11 runners on base.

Molina and O’Neill were the only Cardinals with a multi-hit effort, each going 2-for-4.  Matt Carpenter joined Molina and Wong by reaching base three times.  Carpenter was plunked twice to Molina’s once while Wong worked two walks to go with his one single in four at bats.

On the mound, Dakota Hudson struggled early but settled down to toss the initial six frames, yielding two runs on three hits and three walks.  Both scores resulted from a home run.  The 25-year-old threw only 49 of his 83 pitches for strikes and finished his stint with his team tied 2-2.

Genesis Cabrera worked around a two-out free pass for a clean seventh but could not duplicate it the next frame.  Cabrera surrendered a lead-off bomb that broke the tie then got the hook after giving up a double.

Alex Reyes (W, 1-0) stranded the baserunner via a pop out, ground out, intentional walk and pop out, holding the deficit at 3-2.  But the right-hander was dinged for two ninth-inning tallies when a two-out double glanced off the glove of left fielder O’Neill. Two baserunners, who reached on a single and base-on-balls, respectively, came home.

Since Chicago lost in Detroit Wednesday evening, the Cardinals have closed the gap in the National League Central to two games.

Thursday’s games:  vs. Pittsburgh (7-19).  Game 1 – 2:15 p.m. CDT, Kwang-Hyun Kim (1-0, 1.69) vs. Chad Kuhl (1-1, 2.84) / Game 2 – Johan Oviedo (0-0, 3.60) vs. Cody Ponce (0-1, 5.40) / Make up of August 10th and 11th postponements / FOX Sports Midwest/KMOX


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Juggling the Cardinals Pitching Staff the Rest of the Way


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Tuesday, August 25, 2020

photo: Adam Wainwright via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals let one get away on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium, as they gave up a two-run lead to fall to Kansas City, 5-4. Despite struggling with his command, Adam Wainwright gutted through seven innings.



Tuesday, August 25, 2020 – Kansas City 5 at St. Louis 4

The St. Louis Cardinals (10-9) failed to capitalize late, falling to the Kansas City Royals, 5-4, at Busch Stadium Tuesday evening.  Each team has claimed one of the series’ first two games with the rubber match slated for Wednesday night.

A four-run third gave the home team a 4-2 lead.  But on a night in which starter Adam Wainwright said he struggled with command of his signature curveball until the fifth inning, that lead was never safe.  Wainwright battled through seven frames, yielding single tallies in four, on seven hits and two walks.

John Gant (L, 0-1) was tagged for a run on two hits and a free pass in the eighth, his only inning on the bump. It was the first time the righty had been scored upon in eight relief appearances covering 8 2/3 frames.  Tyler Webb worked a clean ninth.

But St. Louis had late opportunities to flip the script on their cross-state rivals.  Paul DeJong was struck down at home plate trying to score from first on a double by Yadier Molina for the second out of the eighth.  The next frame, Harrison Bader tripled to center with one gone but Tommy Edman and Paul Goldschmidt failed to get him home against former St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal.

Tommy Edman via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The home team was outhit by the Royals, 10 to eight, and DeJong was the only Cardinal with multiples. The shortstop went 3-for-4 went with an RBI. Third baseman Edman walked, doubled, plated two and scored a run. Cleanup hitter and designated hitter Brad Miller singled and drove in the other St. Louis tally.

The Chicago Cubs also lost, keeping the Cardinals three games back in the National League Central Division.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Kansas City (12-18), 7:15 p.m. CT, Dakota Hudson (0-2, 3.46) vs. Jakob Junis (0-0, 4.00), FOX Sports Midwest/KMOX


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Juggling the Cardinals Pitching Staff the Rest of the Way


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Monday, August 24, 2020

photo: Paul Goldschmidt via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals opened their home set against the Kansas City Royals with a convincing Monday night win. Paul Goldschmidt led the offense with three RBI, backing a five-inning scoreless start by Jack Flaherty.



Monday, August 24, 2020 – St. Louis 9, Kansas City 3

A five-run fifth propelled the St. Louis Cardinals (10-8) to a 9-3 romp over the Kansas City Royals in the series opener at Busch Stadium on Monday evening.

Clinging to a 1-0 lead, the home team used five fifth-inning tallies to break the game open.  The Cardinals added two more runs the next frame and capped the scoring with a single score in the seventh.

Paul Goldschmidt spearheaded his squad’s 12-hit assault, going 3-for-4 with a walk and two-run bomb comprising one of his two runs scored and two of his three RBI.  Brad Miller also went 3-for-4 with a base-on-balls, touching home twice.  The final Cardinal with a multi-hit effort was lead-off hitter Tommy Edman, who singled twice in four at bats with a walk, two runs scored and one knocked in.

Brad Miller via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Jack Flaherty (W, 2-0) turned in a strong effort, blanking the opposition on one hit over five frames.  The right-hander threw 41 of his 64 pitches for strikes in his longest stint of the season and second since the COVID shutdown. Flaherty outdueled the Royals’ Brad Keller (L, 3-1), who had not been scored upon this season, 17 2/3 innings over three starts.

Jack Flaherty via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

A trio of St. Louis hurlers shared pitching duties over the last four innings.  Alex Reyes was unable to work around shortstop Paul DeJong’s throwing error, yielding a free pass and three-run long ball that finished his evening with just one out secured in the sixth.

Austin Gomber recorded five outs, issuing one free pass and fanning two.  Jake Woodford navigated around two hits for two scoreless frames.

Defensively, DeJong’s bobble was one of three uncharacteristic miscues by the Cardinals.  Third baseman Miller committed a throwing error and second baseman Edman was charged with a fielding miscue.

St. Louis improved to 4-1 on the current 12-game homestand. Just ahead are two contests each with the Royals and Pirates and three with the Cleveland Indians over the weekend. The Cards remain three games back of the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. Kansas City (11-18), 7:15 pm CDT, Adam Wainwright (2-0, 2.00) vs Matt Harvey (0-1, 9.00), FOX Sports Midwest/KMOX


For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Juggling the Cardinals Pitching Staff the Rest of the Way


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Sunday, August 23, 2020

photo: Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong (TOPPS, Inc.)

Sunday, August 23, 2020 – St. Louis 6, Cincinnati 2

Yadier Molina’s four-hit performance paced the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Sunday’s series finale at Busch Stadium.  St. Louis (9-8) claimed the weekend set over Cincinnati (11-15), three-games-to-one.

Molina’s big day was the 19th four-hit performance of his career and first against the Reds.  The veteran catcher went 4-for-5 with a run scored and two driven in, accounting for a third of his team’s 12 total hits.

Cincinnati broke through on the scoreboard first, scoring twice against St. Louis starter Daniel Ponce de Leon in his initial inning of work.  It took the righty 29 pitches to navigate the first, during which he issued two of his four free passes and yielded a two-run bomb.  Ponce de Leon was finished after 93 pitches over 4 2/3 frames, yielding three hits and hitting one batter.

However, the Cardinals answered with a two-run knock of their own, as Harrison Bader went yard for the second time in as many games.  His drive over the wall in center scored Dylan Carlson (force), knotting the game a 2-2.

Molina’s bat put St. Louis up for good the next inning after he lined a single to center with two gone.  That hit brought Paul Goldschmidt across home after the latter opened the frame with his second double of 2020.

The contest remained a tight 3-2 affair until the home half of the seventh when the Redbirds broke it open.  Matt Carpenter led off with a double, his second hit of the game in four at bats, advancing to third via Tyler O’Neill’s fly out to deep right.  Molina once again came through with another single up the middle, making the score 4-2.  After Paul DeJong lined out to right, in his return to action from the Injury List, Carlson launched his first Major League home run over the right center wall for the final score.

St. Louis had four players with a multi-hit effort:  Molina, Carpenter, Carlson and Bader.  Carpenter and Carlson each went 2-for-4, the former working a base-on-balls, while Bader added his third double of the season to his two-run shot in three at bats with a walk.

The bullpen was stellar once again, yielding no hits over the final 4 1/3 frames.  Genesis Cabrera (W, 2-1) issued one walk against six outs before John Gant retired his only batter.  Andrew Miller tossed a 1-2-3 eighth and Alex Reyes used a 3-6-3 double play to erase a one-out walk at the game’s finish.

Genesis Cabrera

The Cardinals improved to 9-8 on the season, three games behind the Cubs. St. Louis is 3-1 on the current homestand and 7-5 since their return.

Monday’s game:  vs. Kansas City (11-16), 7:15 pm CDT, Jack Flaherty (1-0, 3.12) vs. Brad Keller (3-0, 0.00), FOX Sports Midwest / KMOX

Related article

Cardinals Welcome Back Shortstop Paul DeJong

For more

Join the talk with other Cardinals fans in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board.

Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Where are they now? St. Louis Cardinals Catcher Bryan Anderson


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Wednesday, August 19, 2020

photo: Matt Carpenter via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis 9 at Chicago 3 (7 innings) (Game 1)

Matt Carpenter’s second career grand slam catapulted the St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-3 rout of the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Wrigley Field.

Matt Carpenter

Carpenter’s first-inning bomb came plated Kolten Wong (hit-by-pitch), Tommy Edman (single) and Paul Goldschmidt (walk) and was one of the team’s 11 hits.  The blast raised Carpenter’s career average in bases-loaded situations to .500, 28-for-56, but it was his only hit in four at bats.

Edman singled three times in four at bats, touching home twice and knocking in two.  Wong reached base all four times he came to the plate, with a single. a walk, a double and hit-by-pitch while scoring four times.   Goldschmidt was on base three times, singling one in two at bats with two free passes, a run scored and two driven in.

Kolten Wong

The final player with more than one hit was Brad Miller, who singled and doubled in three at bats.  The third baseman added a base-on-balls and two RBI.

It took five Cardinals pitchers to cover the seven frames but those five held the Cubs to just two hits.    Pitching for the first time since Opening Day on July 24th, Jack Flaherty lasted just 1 2/3 innings before exhausting his pitch allotment.  Flaherty surrendered a lead-off bomb and issued two free passes but threw first-pitch strikes to nine batters faced.  He departed after plunking a batter on his 41st pitch.

Fresh off the injured list, Austin Gomber recorded four outs but struggled to get ahead in the count, resulting in two bases-on-balls.  Tyler Webb (W, 1-1) and John Gant both retired all four batters faced with two strikeouts apiece.  But Ricardo Sanchez was tagged for a two-run long ball in the ninth after issuing the staff’s eighth free pass.


Chicago 4 ‘at’ St. Louis 2 (7 innings) (Game 2)

St. Louis (6-7) rallied for a late tie but could not get over the hump in their 4-2 ‘home’ loss to Chicago (16-8).  The contest made up an August 8th game at Busch Stadium postponed by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Behind 2-0 at the fifth’s midpoint, the ‘home’ team pushed across their first tally without benefit of a hit.  Tyler O’Neill reached via a two-base throwing error to lead off, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on Andrew Knizner’s sac fly to center.

The Cardinals tied it up a two all the next inning.  Dylan Carlson and Goldschmidt worked back-to-back walks, bringing Miller to the plate.  His two-out single plated Carlson, evening the contest up.

The tie was short-lived, however, after Andrew Miller (L, 0-1) yielded two runs on three hits against just one batter retired.  Giovanny Gallegos recorded the last two outs.

Johan Oviedo

A bright spot in the loss was the solid performance of St. Louis’ starter, Johan Oviedo, in his Major League debut.  The righty went five innings with the opposition breaking through against him in only one frame.  Oviedo was touched for a two-run second on one of his two hits and both free passes issued during his time on the bump.  Genesis Cabrera faced the minimum in the sixth.

The 6-7 Cardinals completed their 4-4 road trip with a 2-3 series deficit at Wrigley. Next up is a 12-game homestand in 11 days against four different opponents, starting with the Reds.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Cincinnati (10-12), 7:15 pm CDT, Adam Wainwright (2-0, 1.64) vs. Sonny Gray (4-1, 2.05) FOX Sports Midwest // KMOX


Related article

Wednesday’s roster updates and progress reports on the COVID-IL players.

Cardinals Activate Austin Gomber, Promote Johan Oviedo


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Who May the Cardinals Soon Remove from the 40-Man Roster?


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Monday, August 17, 2020

photo: Brad Miller via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals (5-5) opened their five-games-in-three-days set with the Chicago Cubs by splitting their Monday twin bill. The Cards claimed the opener, 3-1, but stumbled in the finale at Wrigley Field, 5-4. Third baseman/designated hitter Brad Miller drove in five of the Cards’ seven runs in the odd road-home split.

St. Louis 3 at Chicago 1 (Game 1 – 7 innings)

Brad Miller’s two-run double in the final inning provided the difference in Game 1, unraveling a 1-1 knot.  The third baseman’s bases-loaded liner to left drove in Tyler O’Neill (walk) and Matt Carpenter (single).  It was Miller’s only hit in three at bats and one of only four St. Louis hits overall.

Brad Miller

The pair of seventh-inning tallies made a loser of Cubs’ starter Kyle Hendricks (L, 3-2), who has traditionally dominated the Cardinals. Hendricks had handcuffed the Cardinals on just one hit through the initial six frames.  That sole knock belonged to Dexter Fowler, who took him deep to put the Cardinals up 1-0 after three.

The lead was short-lived when Chicago’s Ian Happ answered with a solo knock of his own off St. Louis starter Kwang-Hyun Kim to kick off the fourth.  Kim, making his long-awaited first start on American soil, went 3 2/3 innings, giving up that lone run on three hits and three walks.

Kwang-Hyun Kim

A trio of relievers retired every batter they faced, beginning with John Gant who recorded four outs, including three strikeouts.  Giovanny Gallegos (W, 1-0) tossed a 1-2-3 sixth, fanning two, before Andrew Miller faced the minimum in the seventh for his second save.

St. Louis 4 vs. Chicago 5 (Game 2 – 7 innings)

In a makeup game from August 7 rescheduled as the second of two Monday contests, the “home” St. Louis bullpen faltered late, transforming a 4-1 advantage into a 5-4 defeat.

Reliever Tyler Webb (L, 0-1) (BS, 1) was ineffective in the sixth, surrendering three runs plus another inherited tally on two hits and two walks against just two outs.  One of the two hits was a three-run bomb by pinch-hitter David Bote that capped the scoring.

The inherited tally was charged to Genesis Cabrera.  The lefty faced the minimum in the fifth but plunked the sixth’s lead-off batter before recording his final out.

Alex Reyes took the mound first in the bullpen start and had difficulty locating the plate. As a result of his 24 pitches, of which just 10 were strikes, the right-hander pitched just one inning.  The plan had been for two. Reyes was tagged for a run on three walks and a run-scoring passed ball.  It could have been worse had he not tagged out a second Cubs runner trying to score following his miscue.

Two more Cardinals relievers made both their organizational and Major League debuts – southpaw Ricardo Sanchez and right-hander Nabil Crismatt.  Sanchez handled the second and third frames, fanning three and issuing two free passes.  Crismatt worked around a hit and walk for a clean seventh. In his second appearance in two days, lefty Rob Kaminsky hurled a one-two-three fourth, striking out one.

Overall, St. Louis pitching allowed just three hits, same as in Game 1. The difference in Game 2 was the nine free passes issued. They simply could not overcome the blast surrendered by Webb, with the other two runners on base due to a hit-by-pitch and a walk.

All of St. Louis’ runs were generated by the long ball.  In his first career action at Wrigley, Miller followed up his Game 1 heroics with the second multi-homer game of his career in the nightcap.  The first was a two-run shot with Matt Carpenter (walk) aboard, giving his team a 2-1 lead after two.  Back-to-back solo jacks by Miller and Max Schrock padded the lead in the fourth.  It was Schrock’s first MLB home run, coming from an infielder who was known for hitting for average in the minors, not power.

Max Schrock

The 5-5 Cardinals have three games remaining in their series and Chicago-only road trip.

Monday’s game:  at Chicago (14-7), 7:15 pm CDT, Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-1, 6.75) vs. Yu Darvish (3-1, 1.88) FOX Sports Midwest // FOX Sports 1 // KMOX

Related article

Cardinals Martinez and Sosa Pass First Test in Path to Return


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Making 15 Additions to the St. Louis Cardinals Player Pool


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Sunday, August 16, 2020

photo: Seth Elledge (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Four MLB debuts increased the weekend total to seven, but one stumbled as the St. Louis Cardinals lost the Sunday finale, but still took the weekend series over the White Sox in Chicago.



Sunday, August 16, 2020St. Louis 2 at Chicago White Sox 7

St. Louis failed to quash the White Sox (11-11) on Sunday as the Cardinals fell to Chicago, 7-2, in the series finale, a contest featuring no less than four Major League debuts by the visitors.  Thanks to their Saturdayt doubleheader sweep, St. Louis (4-4) claimed the series at Guaranteed Rate Field, two games to one.

With 11 players from the team’s Opening Day roster currently sidelined on the Injury List and three other pitchers out for the season, the Cardinals turned to their minor league depth for replacements with mixed results.  After outfielder Dylan Carlson, second baseman Max Schrock and hurler Jake Woodford participated in their first Major League contest during Saturday’s double-header, Sunday’s game featured four more first-timers:  first baseman John Nogowski plus relievers Seth Elledge, Rob Kaminsky and Roel Ramirez.

The battle began with Dakota Hudson on the mound for St. Louis.  It took Hudson (L, 0-2) 23 pitches to navigate the first but just 32 more pitches to complete the following three frames. After the game, Hudson said it took a while to get his breaking stuff going. The righty yielded a first-inning tally on two hits and a walk before retiring his last 10 batters.  With Hudson’s target for the day having been 60 pitches, he was replaced after the fourth.

Dakota Hudson

The Cardinals’ slim 1-0 deficit mushroomed to a 7-0 crater after Ramirez took the mound in the fifth. With two outs, the Texas native surrendered four consecutive long balls accounting for six runs on six hits.

Elledge’s maiden Major League effort was as impressive as Ramirez’ was dismal.  The 24-year-old right-hander retired all seven batters faced, five of them via the K.  Elledge threw 17 of his 25 pitches for strikes.

Seth Elledge

The eighth’s pitching duties belonged to Kaminsky, who claimed one of the day’s best stories.  St. Louis originally drafted the southpaw out of high school in the first round of the June 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

Rob Kaminsky

However, Kaminsky exited the organization in July 2015 in a trade with Cleveland for Brandon Moss only to see his career hampered by multiple trips to the Injury List with shoulder problems.  During the past off-season the Cardinals signed him to a minor league contract and his long journey to the Show finally ended on Sunday.  Kaminsky’s 1-2-3 frame included a strikeout looking sandwiched between two groundball outs.

Another rookie with a long trip to his first Major League game was Nogowski, whom St Louis acquired from an independent league team in 2017.  The 27-year-old veteran of over 17, 700 minor league at bats singled once in four plate appearances in his first taste of the bigs.

https://thecardinalnation.com/player/john-hogowski/

Nogowski’s hit was one of six for the squad on Sunday, but the biggest belonged to third baseman Matt Carpenter.  Carpenter rapped a line drive single to right with the sacks jammed in the sixth, bringing across Tommy Edman (force) and Paul Goldschmidt (fielder’s choice), ending Chicago’s shutout bid in the process.

Matt Carpenter

Monday’s games:  doubleheader at Chicago Cubs (13-6).  Game 1 – 4:15 pm CT, Kwang Hyun Kim (0-0, 9.00) vs. Kyle Hendricks (3-1, 3.08).  Game 2 (makeup of August 7th contest) 30 minutes after Game 1, Bullpen vs. TBA FOX Sports Midwest // KMOX


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Making 15 Additions to the St. Louis Cardinals Player Pool


Now Available! – TCN’s New 2020 Prospect Guide

232 pages, 97,000 words, over 60 player capsules, history and much more – in both PDF and spiral-bound book versions. Foreword by Dan McLaughlin. Order your copy today!
Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Wednesday, July 29, 2020

photo: Daniel Ponce de Leon via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 – St. Louis 0 at Minnesota 3

Starter Daniel Ponce de Leon’s eight strikeouts were not enough to prevent the St. Louis Cardinals’ third straight loss, a 3-0 shutout at Minnesota (4-1) on Wednesday evening at Target Field.  St. Louis (2-3) dropped both games of the two-game series.

Ponce de Leon (L, 0-1) fanned eight but lasted just 3 2/3 frames, yielding three runs on only two hits – an RBI double and solo home run, two walks and a hit batsman.  It took the righty a whopping 85 pitches to navigate that span as he threw 52 of them for strikes.

Four Cardinals’ relievers shared pitching duties the rest of the way, tossing a combined 4 1/3 scoreless innings.  Tyler Webb relieved Ponce de Leon with two on and two gone, permitting an RBI single before recording the fourth’s final out.  Kodi Whitley retired all five batters faced, striking out two, but Andrew Miller could not duplicate Whitley’s efficiency.

Kodi Whitley

Miller recorded two outs but allowed two singles, putting runners at the corners for Ryan Helsley.  The first of five outs recorded by Helsley was a fielder’s choice as Yadier Molina chased down a Twins runner trying to score.

St. Louis’ offense was blanked on just three hits, all singles, and one base-on-balls.  They struck out nine times and have generated just four tallies over their three most recent contests, all defeats.

Thursday:  Off

Friday’s game:  at Milwaukee (3-3), 1:10 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (1-0, 2.57) vs. Brett Anderson (13-9, 3.89 in 2019 – season debut) FOX Sports Midwest // KMOX


For more

Check out summaries of pre- and post-game comments from Mike Shildt and key Cardinals players located in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board. While you are there, join the talk with other Cardinals fans.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Where are they now? St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Infielder Jonathan Rodriguez


Now Available! – TCN’s New 2020 Prospect Guide

232 pages, 97,000 words, over 60 player capsules, history and much more – in both PDF and spiral-bound book versions. Foreword by Dan McLaughlin. Order your copy today!

Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Tuesday, July 28, 2020

photo: Tyler O’Neill (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 – St. Louis 3 at Minnesota 6

A big second inning against starter Carlos Martinez doomed the St. Louis Cardinals (2-2) to a 6-3 road loss to the Minnesota Twins (3-1) Tuesday evening at Target Field.  The contest was the first of two between the squads.

Making his first start in nearly two years, Martinez (L, 0-1) was tagged for six runs on seven hits in just 3 2/3 frames.  Five of the six tallies came in the second when the right-hander served up two home runs, accounting for three scores.  Martinez’ sole free pass issued was intentional.

All of the Cardinals’ scoring was generated by the long ball as well.  Tyler O’Neill launched a towering shot over the left center wall in the fifth after Dexter Fowler opened the frame by lining a single to left.  It was O’Neill’s second bomb of 2020, this one coming off Twins’ starter Homer Bailey (W, 1-0) and was the only runs St. Louis could muster against Bailey during his five-inning stint.

Tyler O’Neill

In contrast to O’Neill’s no-doubter, Tommy Edman needed a bit of assistance for his solo shot.  The third baseman kicked off the eighth with a shot to center that bounced off the glove of Twins’ center fielder Byron Buxton and over the wall.  Edman’s first home run of the season was one of three times the third baseman reached, along with a double and walk in four plate appearances.

St. Louis garnered seven hits in all versus striking out nine times.  The only other Cardinal with more than one hit was designated hitter Matt Carpenter, who singled twice in four at bats out of the five hole.

Four relievers combined to shut down Minnesota’s offense over Martinez’ initial 5 1/3 innings.  Austin Gomber retired five batters before handing the ball off to Giovanny Gallegos, who had been activated off the Injured List earlier in the day.  Gallegos recorded two outs to finish the sixth before giving way to Tyler Webb.  Webb and John Gant both tossed one-two-three frames, striking out one.

Wednesday’s game:  7:10 pm CT at Minnesota, RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (1-2, 3.70 in 2019) vs LHP Rich Hill (11-5, 3.66 in 2019) (season debuts), FS Midwest//KMOX


Related article

Mikolas’ Forearm Injury Returns with Gallegos and Woodford Added


For more

Check out summaries of pre- and post-game comments from Mike Shildt and key Cardinals players located in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board. While you are there, join the talk with other Cardinals fans.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Where are they now? St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Infielder Jonathan Rodriguez


Now Available! – TCN’s New 2020 Prospect Guide

232 pages, 97,000 words, over 60 player capsules, history and much more – in both PDF and spiral-bound book versions. Foreword by Dan McLaughlin. Order your copy today!

Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Game Recap – Sunday, July 26, 2020

photo: Kodi Whitley via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Sunday, July 26, 2020 – Cardinals 1 vs. Pittsburgh 5

The St. Louis Cardinals came up short in their quest for their first series sweep, instead falling to the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium, 5-1.

Dakota Hudson (L, 0-1) lasted just 4 1/3 frames in his season debut, yielding four runs on seven hits and a free pass.  The right-hander held the Bucs scoreless through three, aided by two vintage defensive plays by Yadier Molina.  After Hudson gave up a single to his first batter faced, the Cardinals’ leader picked the runner off first, preserving a 1-2-3 inning.  St Louis’ starter permitted a one-out single the next stanza but Molina again came through, nailing the runner in an attempted steal of second base.

Kolten Wong (Jasen Vinlove/Imagn)

In the home half of the third, St. Louis scrapped together its sole tally, utilizing speed and aggressive baserunning.  Tommy Edman strode to the plate with two gone and Kolten Wong on second.   The third baseman won a footrace with Pirates’ starter Mitch Keller (W, 1-0) for an infield single.  Meanwhile, Wong (single, wild pitch) raced home ahead of Keller’s throw.

The 1-0 lead was short-lived, however, as Hudson’s elevated pitches generated two home runs producing three scores and a 3-1 deficit.  All three fourth-inning baserunners came after the 25-year-old recorded the last two of his four strikeouts.

Hudson retired his final batter after giving up a lead-off double to open the fifth.  A base-on-balls put two aboard, bringing Austin Gomber into the game.  The lefty went 1 2/3 frames, walking his first batter and allowing one of Hudson’s two runners to cross the plate.

Tommy Edman (Jasen Vinlove/Imagn)

A bright spot in the contest was the Major League debut of Kodi Whitley.  The tall righty tossed a clean seventh via a 6-3 groundout, liner to center and swinging K.

Andrew Miller and Junior Fernandez each went an inning. Miller permitting a free pass and RBI double.  Fernandez faced the minimum in the ninth.

The offense just did not get on track.  Edman’s single was one of five Cardinals’ hits, one each produced by five players.  Shortstop Paul DeJong reached base twice, doubling once in three at bats with a base-on-balls.

Monday’s game: Off for travel.

Tuesday’s game: 7:10 p.m. at Minnesota Twins, RHP Carlos Martínez (4-2, 3.17 in 2019) vs. RHP Homer Bailey (13-9, 4.57 in 2019) (season debuts), FS Midwest // KMOX


For more

Check out summaries of pre- and post-game comments from Mike Shildt and key Cardinals players located in the daily game threads at The Cardinal Nation’s free message board. While you are there, join the talk with other Cardinals fans.

Mike Shildt via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

St. Louis Cardinals Draft Recap 2009-2019 – Eighth Round


Now Available! – TCN’s New 2020 Prospect Guide

232 pages, 97,000 words, over 60 player capsules, history and much more – in both PDF and spiral-bound book versions. Foreword by Dan McLaughlin. Order your copy today!

Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

© 2020 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.