Matt Carpenter led off the game with a homerun, Kolten Wong was stellar at the plate as well, with a 2-run blast in the second inning plus remarkable defense, and Matt Adams 2-run shot in the 9th, eventually capped off the win for the Redbirds.
Because of the hot start, yesterday’s starter John Lackey, was spotted a 5 run lead, which on most days is enough to be on cruise control. In fact, everyone in the lineup had a hit except for Matt Holliday, who reached base from a walk.
John Lackey was crusing along until the bottom of the third when things began to unravel for him and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Lackey gave up a hit to the pitcher on the other side, Doug Fister, than simply could not find location giving up hit after hit, including a ball hit at first baseman Matt Adams that he didn’t hustle to first base to field from Adams, and a bases clearing double to Yunel Escobar.
The St. Louis Cardinals managed to keep John Lackey in the game through 5 innings though, and the bullpen shut down the Nationals en route to a win.
Today’s game will feature young sensation Michael Wacha against St. Louis native Max Scherzer. Wacha is off to a great start to the season with a 2-0 record and 1.35 era in 2 starts and will look to keep the Washington Nationals off bay.
Scherzer, the former AL Cy Young winner, has been sound in his own right with a 1-1 record and 0.83 era. This game has the makings of a pitcher’s dual, as game 1 turned out to be.
The advantage would seemingly go to the Nationals since they are at home right? Wrong, the St. Louis Cardinals offense seems to be hitting its stride and yesterday withstanding, the Nationals only have 3 hitters in their lineup hitting .267 (Bryce Harper, Ian Desmond, Yunel Escobar) or above.
On the contrary, the St. Louis Cardinals offense has been getting better and better. Matt Carpenter has been on a tear recently, backed by his recent NL player of the week selection, Kolten Wong is playing great second base, Yadier Molina is in tremendous shape and has the pitching staff on point along with his bat and Matt Holliday has been spraying the ball all over the field, batting .386 so far this season.
Despite this both clubs have struggled at times with runners in scoring position, so the chances are pretty high that this game will be a low scoring affair.
Instead, this game may come down to the bullpens and as we stand right now after two weeks of baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals have the advantage there. Thanks for reading!