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For the first time in 23 games in 2020, the St. Louis Cardinals were blown out, losing at home to the Cleveland Indians by a 14-2 score Friday evening. It was St. Louis’ third consecutive defeat, all at Busch Stadium.
Friday, August 28, 2020 – Indians 14 at Cardinals 2
The St. Louis Cardinals met the Cleveland Indians in the first game of a three-game set on Friday night at Busch Stadium. The Indians pounded Redbirds pitching to the tune of a 14-2 drubbing on Jackie Robinson Day across Major League Baseball.
Daniel Ponce de Leon made the start but did not make it out of the first inning. In 2/3 innings, the right-hander yielded four runs on two hits and walked four. Jake Woodford tossed 3 1/3 innings of relief, yielding two runs on five hits. The 23-year old righty fanned three and issued no free passes.
Junior Fernandez began the fifth and took a mound beating. In his first action off the COVID IL, the right-hander allowed six runs on six hits, walked two and struck out one. Cleveland tacked two more runs onto its tally off left hander Ricardo Sanchez, who hurled the sixth and seventh.
Tyler Webb pitched a scoreless eighth inning and infielder Max Schrock got the nod to pitch the ninth. Schrock also retired all three batters he faced for a scoreless inning to close the game.
Scoring for the Cardinals was limited to a two-run home run in the second inning off the bat of Dexter Fowler. Paul DeJong went 3-for-4 and Brad Miller had the only other extra base hit, a double in the eighth inning and he was 2-for-3. Miller became the only Cardinals runner in scoring position all evening, but neither Matt Carpenter nor Schrock could bring him home.
On defense, Yadier Molina made a costly throwing error in the first inning on a stolen base attempt that led to a Cleveland run. The game also featured a 3-2-8 double play. Dylan Carlson made an outfield assist at second base but as a batter, he had three of the team’s five strikeouts.
Their third consecutive loss dropped the Cardinals to a record of 11-12. They remain three games back of the Chicago Cubs, who suffered a 6-5 loss to the Reds.
Saturday’s game: vs. Indians at 12:15 p.m. Jack Flaherty, RHP (2-0, 1.98) vs Carlos Carrasco, RHP (2-3, 4.50). FOX Network/KMOX/WIJR
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