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.
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.
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
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
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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.