A crazy week in Redbird Land. Let’s take a look at what happened.
Monday May 21- Cardinals 4 Padres 3
It’s almost as cool as a walkoff. That’s what Tyler Greene accomplished Monday night. The Cardinals were down 1-0 until the seventh inning when Greene and Jamie Garcia singled. Rafael Furcal drove in Greene with a single of his own then Matt Carpenter drove in Garcia on a groundout. Garcia was one of four Cardinal pitchers in the top half of the eighth and the fourth, Jason Motte, gave up a two run double to Yonder Alonso to give the Padres the lead. Greene came up in the Cardinals half of the eighth with Yadier Molina on second and deposited the Andrew Cashner pitch into centerfield for the winning home run.
Tuesday May 22- Cardinals 4 Padres 0
It wasn’t all good on this day. Adam Wainwright came out with his best outing in recovery from Tommy John Surgery. Wainwright threw a complete game shut out, giving up four hits while walking only one and striking out nine. Having Wainwright on his game makes the Cardinals rotation really really formidable. The bad part? Another injury. Matt Carpenter strained his oblique and became the fifth Cardinal in a week to go on the disabled list.
Wednesday May 23- Cardinals 6 Padres 3
The Cardinals brought out the brooms on this night though it wasn’t easy. Lance Lynn didn’t exactly have his A+ stuff, however he gutted it out. The first five Padres reached including a leadoff homerun by Will Venable and an RBI single by Chase Headley. The Cardinals responded with a three run rally
of their own with Skip Schumaker driving in Furcal with a double. After two outs David Freese drove in a run with a single. Yadier Molina reached and Matt Adams drove in his first major league run with a single of his own. The Cards took a lead in the fifth on a Carlos Beltran home run which is a lead they wouldn’t give up
Thursday May 24- Phillies 10 Cardinals 9
This was a roller coaster of a game. If you’re Jake Westbrook and Joe Blanton you just want to move on from this. The Phillies got off to a 6-0 lead after two. The Cardinals fought back with four in the third as Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, David Feese and Yadier Molina all drove in runs. Phlly added another to make it 7-4 in the fifth. Holliday and Molina homered in the bottom half to tie the game at 7 after 5. Philly came back right away off of Fernando Salas as Philly scored two on four singles to take a 9-7 lead. The Cardinals made in 9-8 on a homer by Freese. Ty Wigginton homered off Victor Marte to make it 10-8. The Cards made it 10-9 in the eighth but that was as close as it would be.
Friday May 25- Phillies 5 Cardinals 3 in 10
Philly again got off to an early lead with two runs in the top of the second. RBI’s by Shane Robinson, Rafael Furcal on a homer and Yadier Molina to take a 3-2 lead. It stayed that way til the seventh when Cliff Lee got the rally started for Philly with a single. Juan Pierre would tie the game with a double. Hunter Pence hit the game winning homer off Jason Motte in extras to win it. Off the field, Lance Berkman had arthriscopic knee surgery and will be out 8 to 10 weeks.
Saturday May 26- Phillies 4 Cardinals 0
You can’t win if you can’t score. Kyle Kendrick scattered seven hits in his complete game shutout off the Cardinals. Jaime Garcia gave up all four runs during his six innings of work.
Sunday May 27 Cardinals 8 Phillies 3
The Cardinals jumped on Roy Halladay early as he left injured with some shoulder soreness. Yadier Molina hit a grand slam in the first and the Cards were on their way. Adam Wainwright may be starting to round into shape as he gave up one run over six innings. Carlos Beltran added his 15th homerun in the 5tha nd Matt Adams hit his first big league home run in the next frame.
The Cards hit the road to Atlanta and New York. Enjoy the holiday everyone.