St. Louis Cardinals Finish Philly Series Strong


On the ESPN broadcast Wednesday night, the announcers mentioned the St. Louis Cardinals hadn’t lost a regular-season series since June 2012.

That streak of nearly three years remains intact thanks to a win to close out the month of April.

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The Cardinals overcame a shaky start on the mound and downed the Philadelphia Phillies, 9-3, to win three of the four games in this series. St. Louis improved to 15-6 overall and is now 2 1/2 games up on the idle Chicago Cubs.

Let’s take a look at the highlights from Busch Stadium:

*It looks like Tim Cooney may need a little more seasoning. In Cooney’s defense, the Cardinals brought him up on short notice to take the place of Adam Wainwright, but Cooney looked shaky. He gave up three earned runs in two innings for an ERA of 11.57. Carlos Villanueva came into the game in relief and pitched three innings to pick up the win.

*The resurgence of Matt Adams continues. Adams had a home run and three runs batted in on Thursday to improve his average to .304.

*The top of the order continues to hit well. With Jon Jay hitting leadoff, Matt Carpenter second and Matt Holliday third, the Cardinals are producing more on offense. Those three combined to go 6-for-11 with six runs scored and four RBI.

All told, it was a decent end to the month of April for the St. Louis Cardinals, who are now on a three-game winning streak. I’ll have more thoughts on the team’s progress in an April report card later this week, but at first glance I am a little more settled than I was just after Wainwright’s injury.

St. Louis stays home this weekend for a three-game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates before the big Cubs series starts up on Monday.