After a 3 hour rain delay last night, the St. Louis Cardinals were swept by the Texas Rangers. The game did not start until 10 PM central time and lasted another 3 hours. Despite the very late start, fans stuck around to root on the Cards.
The Cardinals got on the board in the 6th inning with a solo home run from Matt Carpenter. It was his sixth home run of the season. Unfortunately, that run was all the damage that they would do as Texas scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Adam Wainwright picked up the loss. It was his 5th loss of the season. He went 6.2 innings and allowed 6 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 1 walk, and struck out 6 batters. Wainwright has won 10 games and walked 10 batters all year. Whether he ends up with more wins this season when all is said and done is really hard to say at the moment.
Both the Cardinals and Rangers had Monday off. Instead of waiting until late at night to start the game, they could have easily waited until Monday or decide to make up the game after the season ended if it was really necessary.
What was worse was that due to the rain delay, Yu Darvish ended up being scratched from the start against Wainwright. I would have really liked to have seen that duel on Sunday evening.
Of course, the rain delay was really a downside of last night’s game being picked up by ESPN to broadcast. Not that there is anything wrong with getting the national telecast but their was a great window of opportunity during the day time to play.