April 8-10, 2016
The St. Louis Cardinals made an early road trip to kick off the 2016 season into Atlanta where they faced the Braves for three games. Admittedly, the Braves were beginning a rebuilding year but the Cardinals had just been swept themselves by the Pirates (embarrassingly too).
The Cardinals left Pittsburgh having lost 1-4, 5-6, and 1-5 in the first three games of the season. In these games the St. Louis Cardinals were able to amass only seven runs. The panic button had been pressed by many fans.
Enter the savior: the Atlanta Braves. In the first game of the series, Jaime Garcia faced off against Matt Wisler. Jaime went six innings and gave up four earned runs on five hits. The bad luck looked like it was continuing. The bats, however, came alive in the latter innings and the Cards won the game 7-4. Kevin Siegrist took the win, Eric O’Flaherty took the loss and Trevor Rosenthal recorded the save.
The second game of the series had Carlos Martinez facing off against Julio Teheran. Martinez took the win going six innings surrendering two earned runs on four hits. The St. Louis Cardinals recorded runs in each inning except the first and sixth in this game and took the game by a score of 12-2.
The final game of the first sweep of 2016 for the St. Louis Cardinals had Adam Wainwright facing Williams Perez. Waino pitched five innings in which he surrendered five earned runs on six hits. Down 6-5 after the completed sixth inning, the Cardinals found their swagger and recorded two runs in the eighth and five runs in the ninth for a 12-7 victory.
The good times, they were rolling!
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