Yadier Molina (Jasen Vinlove / USA TODAY Sports Images)

A recap of St. Louis Cardinals-related news from the period of August 29-Sept. 4, 2016 plus a look ahead

St. Louis went just 3-3 on the road against division cellar-dwellers Milwaukee and Cincinnati as the offense relies on the long ball. Yadier Molina went deep twice this past week.

Game recaps

Monday, August 9---Cardinals 6 at Brewers 5

The Cardinals edged the Brewers in Milwaukee on the strength of their primary method of scoring runs, the home run.  Jedd Gyorko hit a solo shot in the fifth inning, followed by Kolten Wong, who hit a solo shot in the seventh.  Randal Grichuk pounded a two-run blast in the eighth to tie the game. 

Wong plated a run in the fourth on a sac fly and was 2-for-4.  Gyorko was also 2-for-4, as was Stephen Piscotty.  The winning run in the ninth inning scored on a sac bunt by Yadier Molina, as an errant throw to first from the Brewers third baseman allowed Piscotty to score from second base.

Starter Carlos Martinez pitched another good game, but was not rewarded with a win.  Martinez tossed six innings, allowing only one run on four hits while striking out a career high 13 batters.  The next two relief pitchers struggled, however.  Matt Bowman gave up three runs in the seventh while only recording one out.  Kevin Siegrist yielded an additional run while recording no outs before Miguel Socolovich retired the final two batters to end the inning.  Socolovich returned for the eighth and struck out the side.  Seung-Hwan Oh pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.  Socolovich was the winning pitcher, while Oh earned his 14th save.


Tuesday, August 30----Cardinals 2 at Brewers 1 (10 innings)

A pitching gem by Cardinal starter Adam Wainwright was the key to this win over the Brewers.  Wainwright went seven strong innings, allowing only one run on three hits while fanning seven.  Kevin Siegrist followed a poor showing the night before with a clean eighth inning of relief.  Seung-Hwan Oh pitched a scoreless ninth.  Matt Bowman and Zach Duke combined for a scoreless 10th.  Despite his excellent pitching performance, Wainwright did not get the win.  Oh was the winning pitcher.  Duke earned his second save.

A sixth inning solo home run by Jedd Gyorko put the first Cardinals run on the board.  The Brewers tied the game in the bottom frame of that inning.  The game winning run was driven in on a single by Randal Grichuk in the 10th.  The only Cardinal with multiple hits was Yadier Molina (2-for-4).


Wednesday, August 31---Cardinals 1 at Brewers 3

The Cardinals couldn’t pull off the sweep, as they fell to the Brewers in the rubber game of the series.  Luke Weaver made his fourth major league start and though he pitched well, the long ball bit him again.  A three-run home run in the third inning marred what was otherwise an exceptional performance.  Weaver pitched six innings, giving up the three runs on four hits, while striking out ten Brewers.  He unfortunately was tagged with the loss.  Miguel Socolovich and Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth, respectively.

The Cardinals’ lone run was, of course, a home run off the bat of Yadier Molina, his fifth of the season.  Molina was 2-for-4, the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  Other than a single by Greg Garcia, the Cardinals offense was completely shut down.


Thursday, September 1---Off day


Friday, September 2---Cardinals 2 at Reds 3

The Cardinals continued their road trip with a series in Cincinnati.  St. Louis’ pitching was very good, the offense, not so much.  Starter Alex Reyes tossed a quality start of six innings, with two runs allowed on six hits.  Reyes fanned seven and issued two free passes.  Zach Duke and Matt Bowman combined to pitch a scoreless seventh.  Kevin Siegrist added a scoreless eighth, but closer Seung-Hwan Oh gave up the walk off run in the ninth to earn his third loss.

The Cardinals scored two runs on, you guessed it, two home runs.  Yadier Molina hit his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning, and Randal Grichuk thumped a solo shot in the fifth.  Greg Garcia was 3-for-3.


Saturday, September 3----Cardinals 1 at Reds 9

The Cardinals were routed by the Reds in the second game of the series.  The contest was actually close until the seventh inning, but the Reds scored seven runs in the seventh and eighth to put the game out of reach.

Jaime Garcia started, and pitched fairly well.  He went six innings with two runs allowed on six hits, a quality start.  Garcia fanned eight, but walked four.  Miguel Socolovich got one out and gave up a run in the seventh.  Dean Kiekhefer surrendered another run and was lifted for Jonathan Broxton, who got out of the seventh inning without further damage.  Jerome Williams was brought in for the eighth with the Cardinals behind by three runs.  Williams proceeded to give up five more, on three hits.  He walked four and struck out none, but finished the inning.  Garcia took the loss, his 11th.

Once again, the long ball provided the lone run.  Jedd Gyorko hit a solo shot in his first at bat.  That was it on the run scoring front.  Stephen Piscotty was 2-for-4, but was stranded both times.  Greg Garcia was on base four times, on a single and three walks.


Sunday, September 4---Cardinals 5 at Reds 2

The Cardinals salvaged the rubber game of the series in Cincinnati.  Starter Carlos Martinez earned the win, his 13th, though the start was not as sharp as his previous starts.  The right hander pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits.  Martinez struck out six, but he walked five.  Zach Duke pitched a scoreless seventh, followed by scoreless innings from Kevin Siegrist and Seung-Hwan Oh, who earned his 15th save.

As usual, home runs produced the bulk of the Cardinals scoring.  Randal Grichuk pounded a two run home run in the second inning to give the Cardinals their initial lead.  Kolten Wong hit a solo shot in the fifth.  Two additional scored on a throwing error and a wild pitch in the sixth inning.  The Cardinals managed only five hits, two by Yadier Molina.  Stephen Piscotty scored two runs.


NL Central Standings

The Cardinals were 3-3 in the first two series of the road trip, and are 16.5 games out of first place.  The Cardinals currently sit one game ahead of the Mets for the second Wild Card, and 1.5 games behind the Giants for the first Wild Card.

  W L % GB
Chicago Cubs 88 48 0.647 ---
St. Louis 71 64 0.526 16.5
Pittsburgh 67 67 0.5 20
Milwaukee 60 76 0.441 28
Cincinnati 57 78 0.422 30.5

Who’s Hot


Greg Garcia has an OPS of 1.394.  He has three doubles and three walks.

Kolten Wong has an OPS of 1.302 in nine plate appearances.  He has one HR and two RBI.


Yadier Molina has an OPS of 1.118.  He has two HRs, one double, and two RBI.

Carlos Martinez has an ERA of 1.50 and a WHIP of 1.00.


Adam Wainwright has an ERA of 1.29 and a WHIP of 0.43.

Miguel Socolovich has an ERA of 2.25 and a WHIP of 0.50.


Who’s Not

Tommy Pham has an OPS of .000 in seven plate appearances.

Jeremy Hazelbaker has an OPS of .167 in six plate appearances.

Brandon Moss has an OPS of .249.

Alberto Rosario has an OPS of .429 in seven plate appearances.

Jhonny Peralta has an OPS of .470.

Jerome Williams has an ERA of 45.00 and a WHIP of 7.00.

Matt Bowman has an ERA of 16.20 and a WHIP of 3.60.

Jonathan Broxton has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 1.50.


A Look at Cardinals’ Lineups

The leadoff spot has been exclusively the home of Matt Carpenter.

The second spot in the lineup has been exclusively held by Jedd Gyorko.

Stephen Piscotty made one start in the third spot and the remainder have been made by Brandon Moss.

The clean-up spot has had two starts by Jhonny Peralta, with the remainder by Piscotty.

The number five hitter has been mostly Yadier Molina, with a start by Peralta and a start by Gyorko.

The six hole has been either Peralta or Randal Grichuk.

The seventh spot has been a mixture of Grichuk, Pham, Jeremy Hazelbaker, and Greg Garcia.

The eighth spot has been the home of Garcia, Kolten Wong, and Alberto Rosario.


Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.



The Cardinals placed RHP Mike Leake on the 15-day DL, retroactive to August 22, due to shingles.  Dean Kiekhefer was recalled from Memphis.

The Cardinals sent C Brayan Pena on a rehab assignment to the Palm Beach Cardinals on August 29 and activated him from the 60-day DL on Sunday, September 4.  The Cardinals transferred RHP Seth Maness to the 60-day DL to make room for Pena.

The Cardinals activated 1B Matt Adams from the 15-day DL.

The Cardinals sent SS Aledmys Diaz and RHP Jordan Walden on rehab assignments to the Palm Beach Cardinals. 

The Cardinals selected the contract of C Carson Kelly from the Memphis Redbirds.  To make room on the 40-man roster for Kelly, the Cardinals designated Memphis infielder Dean Anna for assignment.


Injury Report

Mike Leake (shingles) was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to August 22.  It has been reported that Leake may return to the roster to pitch in the Pittsburgh series, as he is eligible to return from the DL then.

Seth Maness (right forearm strain) was transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to make room for the activation of C Brayan Pena.   Maness had surgery to repair the UCL in his right arm and is out for the remainder of the season.

Lance Lynn (Tommy John surgery, right arm) has discontinued his rehab assignment and is traveling with the big league club.  Lynn will not return to the roster this season.

Catcher Brayan Pena (left knee inflammation) had relocated to the Palm Beach Cardinals to continue his rehab assignment.  Pena was activated from the 60-day DL on Sunday, September 4.

Aledmys Diaz (fractured thumb) began a rehab assignment with the Palm Beach Cardinals on Saturday, September 3.  It has been reported Diaz could return to the roster in the coming week.

Jordan Walden (right shoulder strain) was sent on a rehab assignment to the Palm Beach Cardinals.  No announcement about the possible return of Walden to the big league roster has been made.

Tyler Lyons (right knee stress reaction) continues on the 60-day DL and is out for the remainder of the season.

Trevor Rosenthal (right shoulder inflammation) continues on the 15-day DL.   Rosenthal is expected to meet the team in Pittsburgh, where he will throw and be evaluated at that time.

Michael Wacha (right shoulder stress reaction) continues on the 15-day DL.  A late season return to a bullpen role has not been ruled out, but is unlikely.

Matt Holliday (fractured right thumb) continues on the 15-day DL.  Holliday has relocated to Jupiter, FL for rehab activities.  Holliday continues to work on a possible return to the big league roster before the end of the season.

Matt Adams (right shoulder inflammation) was activated from the 15-day DL on September 2.


Looking Ahead

The Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates in a three-game series beginning Monday.  Pitching probables are Adam Wainwright on Monday, Luke Weaver on Tuesday, and Alex Reyes on Wednesday.  However, with the possible return of Mike Leake, the rotation could change.

The Cardinals travel home to Busch on Thursday to open a four-game series against the Brewers.  Pitching probables for that series have not been announced.  Depending on the status of Leake, the starters will likely be Jaime Garcia, Carlos Martinez, Wainwright, and Weaver.

The Cubs travel to St. Louis on the following Monday for a three-game series that will end the home stand.  The Cardinals then travel to San Francisco to take on the Giants in a four-game series beginning that Thursday.

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