Cardinals take care of Mets


The St. Louis Cardinals took care of the New York Mets, although Mother Nature threatened a weather postponement on Thursday.
Jun 9, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (left) is congratulated by teammates Carlos Beltran (3) and Matt Carpenter (13) after hitting a grand slam against the Cincinnati Reds during the tenth inning at Great American Ball Park. The Cardinals won11-4. Image Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
I was on vacation last week but as soon as I checked into the hotel, I turned on ESPN for the Sunday Night Baseball game between the Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. Is it sad that I rooted for extra innings so that David Freese could extend his hitting streak? I did and it happened.

To watch the Cardinals battle back in extra innings and win the game was amazing to say the least, especially the part where the team scored 7 runs in the top of the 10th inning for an 11-4 win, including a grand slam home run off the bat of Matt Holliday. Part of me feels bad that the first pitch that Chad Partch gave up in the major leagues was a grand slam and the other part of me is happy. As soon as Holliday swung, I knew it was a goner.

It took a while but Michael Wacha finally picked up his first Major League win. It came on Tuesday’s game against the Mets in a 9-2 win. Sadly, it will be Wacha’s last game in the majors for a while as he was sent down Friday to make room for Jake Westbrook‘s return to the Cardinals.

Tuesday’s game saw the end of Matt Carpenter‘s hitting streak. Both Allen Craig and Shane Robinson went yard in the win.

On Wednesday, Shelby Miller suffered the loss as the Cardinals fell to the Mets 5-1. The rookie gave up 4 runs but also struck out 10 batters. Yadier Molina had 3 hits but Freese’s streak came to an end. Molina had half of the team’s hits as the offense just could not get it going in the second game of the series.

Thursday’s game, which Adam Wainwright started, was threatened by rain but the Mets held out for a window to play the game. And play the game, they did. The Cards got 10 hits and won the game 2-1, and with that the series. Carpenter, Craig, Carlos Beltran, and Pete Kozma all had multi-hit games. Wainwright pitched 7 shutout innings, struck out 6 batters, and picked up his 10th win of the season. Edward Mujica pitched the 9th inning for his 19th save of the season.