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.
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
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