The St. Louis Cardinals fell to the Cincinnati Reds last night with a final score of 2-1.
Apr 29, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) signals third baseman David Freese (not pictured) to advance to second after he was caught in a run down during the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. Cincinnati defeated St. Louis 2-1. Image Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Offensively, the Cardinals were able to reach base. Unfortunately, ten guys got left on over the course of the evening as the Cardinals hit 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
The Cardinals were able to score once on Yadier Molina‘s 8th inning double that brought home Allen Craig. It came on Molina’s third hit of the evening. With a 3 for 4 night, Molina is now batting .312 this season, which ranks 14th in the National League for the time being.
It might be possible that we see Kolten Wong playing second base before the end of the season. The reasoning for this is that the Cardinals need to have Matt Carpenter‘s bat in the lineup and David Freese is not exactly hitting at the moment. Freese’s line at this point in the season is a rather depressing .163/.255/.204. Carpenter is hitting .272/.343/.457 right now. Carpenter, like Freese, has the ability to play third base. Down in Memphis, Wong is hitting .292/.323/.382.
The plan for the Cardinals this season was to have Carpenter be the regular at second base but this can, and probably will change. It has to in order for the Cardinals to make the postseason in October. Whether it actually happens, I don’t know but it is hard to be optimistic for Freese to start hitting.