Everywhere you look last night, a St. Louis Cardinals ballplayer was hitting the ball out of the park as the Cardinals won 12-8.
Jun 6, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller (40) delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium. Image Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Shelby Miller was great not just from the mound but also at the plate. He hit his first major league home run in the fifth inning. On the mound, Miller went 6 innings where he allowed 6 hits, 2 runs, struck out 9 batters. He left the game with a 1.91 ERA that ranks first amongst qualifiers. Clayton Kershaw is right behind him with 1.93 ERA. Remember, he’s only 22 and not even in his prime yet.
Seth Maness, Kevin Siegrist, Keith Butler, and Edward Mujica all pitched in relief. Maness and Butler struggled tonight, combining for 6 earned runs a piece. Siegrist, just called up from Memphis, pitched in the seventh and eighth innings as he made his major league debut. Butler started the 9th inning but was soon taken out and replaced by Mujica, who picked up his 18th save of the season.
The fourth inning saw the lineup bat around.
Matt Adams hit his 4th home run of the year, scoring Holliday and Craig.
Descalso, back at the plate, hit his 3rd homer of the season, scoring David Freese.
The 5th inning saw back to back home runs when Miller led off the inning with his first home run and Carpenter joined him immediately after with his 5th of the year.
Carpenter and Freese both continued their hitting streak. Carpenter added two runs on the night and leads the team with 49 runs scored. He is tied for the MLB lead with Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies.