photo: Jack Flaherty via Zoom (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
The St. Louis Cardinals again struggled to get baserunners home Saturday while dropping their fourth straight. A strong start by Jack Flaherty and six scoreless innings of relief were wasted when the Indians scored the winning run in the 12th inning.
Saturday, August 29, 2020 – Indians 2 at Cardinals 1 (12 innings)
In Saturday’s second of the three-game weekend set against Cleveland, the St. Louis Cardinals battled into extra innings but were finally edged by the visiting Indians due to a run in the top half of the 12th inning.
Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty tossed five innings, yielding one run on three hits. The right-hander fanned five and walked two. Flaherty threw 83 pitches, 53 for strikes and faced 20 batters in his five innings pitched.
Genesis Cabrera relieved for the sixth inning and gave up no runs and no hits. The 23-year old lefty struck out three and walked one. Another left hander, Austin Gomber, followed with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Gomber allowed one hit and walked two.
Next up in relief was Giovanny Gallegos who hurled 1 2/3 scoreless innings, with no hits, no walks, and one strikeout. John Gant started the first extra inning, and had a scoreless, no hit, one walk outing.
Alex Reyes closed out the final two innings, striking out three but relinquishing the winning run, unearned due to the runner starting on second base. He took the loss.
As in the first game of the series, there was a dearth of offense. Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 with a double and was the only Redbird with multiple hits. Matt Carpenter’s single in the seventh plated the only Cardinals run. Yadier Molina had the only other hit, a single. Batting ahead of Molina, Brad Miller was walked three times, two intentionally. Collectively, the Cardinals were a dismal 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
Baserunning was another nemesis for St. Louis. In the 10th inning, the runner on second to start the inning, Paul DeJong, failed to tag up on a fly ball by Paul Goldschmidt. Brad Miller was intentionally walked, and the next batter, Yadier Molina, grounded into a double play to end the inning.
Another important baserunning mistake occurred in the 12th inning. Molina, the potential tying run, was on third and only one out as Matt Carpenter grounded toward first. Molina, apparently thinking the ball was foul when it was not, had taken off from third base and did not return there as Carpenter was retired. A quick throw over and Molina was caught in a rundown for the game-ending double play.
In the field, Molina had a passed ball and made a throwing error. Harrison Bader had an important outfield assist at home plate in the second inning.
St. Louis’ record now stands at 11-13 with this fourth consecutive loss and fifth in the last six games.
Sunday’s game: vs. Indians, 1:15 p.m., Adam Wainwright, RHP (2-0, 2.88) vs. Aaron Civale, RHP (3-3, 3.15), FOX Sports Midwest/KMOX/WIJR
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