Jake Westbrook (1-1, 0.00 ERA) pitched a complete game shut-out yesterday afternoon for the Cardinals. In 9 innings, he allowed only 5 hits by the Reds. He walked 4 batters and struck out 3.
After scoring 9 runs in the top of the 9th inning during Monday’s home opener, the Reds have been shut out by Cardinal pitching.
Westbrook has only allowed one run to score this season and it was an unearned run against the San Francisco Giants.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals scored 10 runs on 14 hits yesterday. This included 4 home runs that accounted for 7 of the runs alone. Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran, Matt Adams, and Matt Carpenter all went yard for the Cardinals.
Adams got the start at first with Allen Craig getting the day off. Adams has shown why he does not need to go back to Memphis but also why he needs to have his bat in the line-up. This season, Adams is batting .643. In 14 official at-bats, the slugger has managed to get 9 hits, including 2 home runs.
With a 4-5 day at the plate, Carpenter upped his batting average to an even .400 this season. In 9 games, he is hitting .400/.462/.629 this season. I’m interested in seeing what he is able to do with a full season at this level. The team has already taught him to play second base but if he keeps this up, he may find himself at another position because of Kolten Wong. He even entered today’s off day in 3rd place for batting average in the National League.
Marp has come through in the clutch this season. With runners in scoring position, he is hitting .500 with 5 RBI in 8 official at bats. In his only at bat with bases loaded, he knocked in 2 RBI.
Pete Kozma‘s .294 batting average qualifies for 35th place in the NL at the moment.
Homer Baily lived up to his name. The Reds pitcher is now 1-1 on the season but he left the game with 7 earned runs in just over 5 innings. Reds manager Dusty Baker might want to avoid pitching Bailey against the Cardinals since he is now 3-8 with a 5.52 ERA against the Cardinals. At Busch Stadium, Bailey is 0-4 with a whopping 6.93 ERA.