Jake Westbrook was able to get his 100th career win last night. However, it was a struggle for the St. Louis Cardinals bullpen to maintain a solid lead following his exit after 95 pitches.
This was the third attempt for Westbrook after picking up no-decisions in games against Philadelphia Phillies and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mitchell Boggs gave up four runs to blow the game against the Phllies while Joe Kelly blew it against the Pirates.
When Westbrook left following the 6th inning, the Cardinals had a solid 6-1 lead. Kelly replaced him to start the 7th inning and couldn’t finish the inning after allowing 2 runs to score. Boggs came in, trying to raise his confidence, only to walk the two batters that he faced in the 7th inning.
Trevor Rosenthal came in to finish the 7th inning after Boggs was unable to do so. Rosenthal allowed one run but was successful in striking out 3 batters.
Edward Mujica picked up his 7th save after a nerve-wrecking ninth inning for Cardinals fans with giving up a run. Mujica allowed 2 hits and a run to score but managed to strike out 2 batters.
After the game, it was announced that Boggs would be demoted to AAA affiliate Memphis Redbirds. It was not until this morning that it was reported that Springfield pitcher Carlos Martinez would be called up to the Cardinals. With Boggs struggling, something had to have been done.