Monday, June 13---Off day
The Cardinals begin a week of interleague play with the first of two games against the Houston Astros.
Jaime Garcia started, and it was another in a series of recent struggles for him. The left-hander pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits. Seung Hwan-Oh was charged with an unearned run, due to a fielding error by Matt Adams that resulted in an unearned run for Garcia as well. Matt Bowman and Tyler Lyons each pitched a clean eighth and ninth.
The Cardinals’ only two runs came via solo home runs, by Adams in the second inning and from Brandon Moss in the sixth. The offense produced only five hits total; a double by Jhonny Peralta, a Matt Carpenter single, and a pinch hit single by Jeremy Hazelbaker.
The Cardinals broke the pitcher’s duel between Adam Wainwright and Collin McHugh in the bottom of the seventh when Yadier Molina singled, Aledmys Diaz drew a walk, and pinch hitter Greg Garcia singled to score Molina. That would be the only Cardinal run. Molina was 3-for-4 and Matt Carpenter went 2-for-4. The only extra base hits were doubles by Molina and Stephen Piscotty.
Wainwright was excellent, pitching seven scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and striking out six. The only blemish was three walks. Relievers Kevin Siegrist and Trevor Rosenthal were not excellent. Siegrist surrendered two Astros runs in the eighth. Rosenthal gave up two more in the ninth, and had to be removed with only one out. Jonathan Broxton retired the last two batters.
Thursday, June 16----Off day
This was another pitcher’s duel, this time between Michael Wacha and Cole Hamels. The long ball got Wacha in the fifth, a mistake pitch that Rougned Odor did not miss. Otherwise Wacha was terrific, tossing 7 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and striking out seven. Wacha walked two.
Other than 2-for-2 Matt Carpenter and a single by Jedd Gyorko, the Cardinals offense left Hamels unscathed and could not touch the two relievers who followed, either. It was an abysmal showing by the Cardinals’ hitters.
Saturday brought one of the most frustrating losses of the season. The Cardinals were ahead 3-0 going into the eighth inning, but then the bullpen happened. What looked to be the eighth win for starter Carlos Martinez, who pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing only four hits, became a loss for Trevor Rosenthal, who deserved it.
Seung-Hwan Oh uncharacteristically gave up two runs in the eighth, though one was unearned thanks to a fielding error by Matt Adams. Rosenthal came in to get the save and loaded the bases very quickly without recording an out. Two singles, then a passed ball followed by a nasty hit by pitch resulted in Rosenthal’s exit. Kevin Siegrist got the first out, but then walked home the tying run. A sacrifice fly scored the winning Rangers’ tally.
Kolten Wong, Stephen Piscotty and Yadier Molina each had an RBI single. No Redbirds batter had multiple hits, though Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta doubled.
Another frustrating loss for the Cardinals occurred as they were swept by the Rangers on Sunday. The Redbirds ended the home stand 0-5, and head to Chicago to play the first place Cubs.
The lead changed several times during the first six innings. The Cardinals tied the game in the second on a solo home run by Stephen Piscotty, his eighth of the season. Another run in the third put the Redbirds in the lead. After the Rangers tied it up again in the fourth, then took the lead again in the fifth, the Cardinals added two runs to take the lead in the sixth. Matt Holliday had two RBI, one coming on a solo home run in the sixth and the other on a third inning sac fly. Eric Fryer earned an RBI on a bases loaded walk in the sixth. Matt Carpenter was 2-for-3.
Starter Mike Leake went six innings, yielding three runs on eight hits. Matt Bowman pitched a scoreless seventh inning. Bowman returned in the eighth, and after retiring the first two batters, gave up a double. With the tying run on second, Bowman was instructed to intentionally walk the go ahead run. A fielding miscue by Aledmys Diaz on a fielder’s choice groundball led to an overturned out call, and loaded the bases. The next batter singled in two runs to give the Rangers the lead. Once the damage was done, Jonathan Broxton was brought in to get the final out in the eighth. Broxton pitched a scoreless ninth. Bowman was charged with a blown save and was tagged with the loss as well.
NL Central Standings
Matt Carpenter continues to be hot with a seven day OPS of 1.208.
Yadier Molina remains hot. His past week OPS is .833 and with one double and two RBI.
Matt Holliday returns to the hot list, with an OPS of .806, one HR and two RBI.
Adam Wainwright is hot, with an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 1.00 this past week.
Carlos Martinez remains hot, with an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.71.
Mike Leake is back on the hot list, with a record of 1-0, an ERA of 2.57, and a WHIP of 0.86.
Jedd Gyorko remains to the cold list with an OPS of .250.
Aledmys Diaz is ice cold, with an OPS of .243.
Matt Adams, Jhonny Peralta, and Greg Garcia have cooled off, with OPS’s of .385, .476, and .400 respectively.
Jaime Garcia remains cold, with a record of 0-1, an ERA of 4.26 and a WHIP of 1.26.
Trevor Rosenthal has become frigid, with a record of 0-1, an ERA of 108.00 and a WHIP of 18.00. His season ERA is up to 4.91.
A Look at Cardinals’ Lineups
Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday, and Stephen Piscotty have been consistently in the first, third and fourth spots in the lineup. The one exception was a leadoff start on Sunday, June 12, by Jedd Gyorko.
The second spot has been a mixture of Aledmys Diaz, Brandon Moss, and Kolten Wong.
The number five hitter has been either Matt Adams or Jhonny Peralta.
The six hole has been occupied by either Peralta or Yadier Molina.
The seventh spot has been a mixture of Moss, Molina and Gyorko.
The eighth spot has been the home of Randal Grichuk, Diaz, and Greg Garcia.
Trade and Acquisition Rumors
There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.
The Cardinals transferred RHP Seth Maness and C Brayan Pena’s rehab assignments to Memphis Redbirds from Springfield.
The Cardinals recalled 2B Kolten Wong from Memphis Redbirds on Friday and optioned OF Jeremy Hazelbaker to Memphis.
The Cardinals recalled OF Tommy Pham from Memphis Redbirds on Saturday and optioned OF Randal Grichuk to Memphis.
The Cardinals activated RHP Seth Maness from the 15 day disabled list on Sunday and optioned LHR Dean Kiekhefer to Memphis.
The Cardinals have signed 29 of 42 2016 draft picks and five undrafted free agents.
Brayan Pena (left knee) continues his rehab assignment but was relocated to Memphis from Springfield.
On Monday morning, right-handed reliever Mitch Harris disclosed he underwent "Tommy John-like surgery to remove a bone spur in his elbow and repair the UCL in his forearm, which had come off a bone. Harris, who has been out of action since spring training and is on St. Louis' 60-day disabled list, says he expects to be back in January.
The Cardinals travel to Chicago for a three game series against the Cubs. The Cardinals have a travel day on Thursday and take on the Mariners in Seattle for a weekend series.
On the following Monday, the Cardinals begin a home and home series against the Royals; two games on Monday and Tuesday in Kansas City followed by two on Wednesday and Thursday at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals then take on the Brewers in a weekend series at Busch.
The Cardinals finish the nine game home stand with a four game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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