Cardinals sweep day-night doubleheader against Giants

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After a lengthy rain delay on Thursday that forced a game to end in the latter part of early Friday morning, Mother Nature had different plans for the St. Louis Cardinals. What was initially a rain delay on Friday soon turned into a postponement with good reason. Redbird Rants offers thoughts and prayers to those affected by Friday night’s severe weather.
June 1, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller (40) throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the third inning of game one of a doubleheader at Busch Stadium. Image Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Instead of starting on Friday night as was planned, Shelby Miller took the start in the first game of a day-night doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants. The rookie pitcher went 7 innings as the Cardinals beat the Giants 8-0. He allowed 6 hits, 1 walk, and 7 strikeouts. He lowers his ERA to 1.82 this season and leads the team amongst those pitchers that qualify (second to Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin‘s 1.71 ERA). His now has 72 strikeouts this season.

The Cardinals backed Miller, offensively, by spotting 7 runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Daniel Descalso got things started by doubling on a hit to right. Pete Kozma singled on a liner to center and advanced Descalso to third base. Miller didn’t help himself but did advance Kozma to second on a sacrifice bunt.

A single to left from Matt Carpenter scored Descalso. A single from Jon Jay scored Kozma. This led to a coaching visit to the mound.

After a strikeout from Matt Holliday, Allen Craig‘s single scored Matt Carpenter’s 43rd run of the season. Jay scored when Matt Adams hit a liner to right.

Tony Cruze hit a 2-run RBI double that scored both Craig and Adams.

The Cardinals batted around as Descalso stepped back up to the plate and drove in Cruz on a single.

That would be it until the 8th inning when Descalso hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Adams.

Victor Marte pitched a perfect 8th inning and Keith Butler made his major league debut in the 9th inning. Butler allowed 1 hit, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout.