The St. Louis Cardinals lose yesterday’s series finale to the Brewers. What went wrong for the team?
Yesterday’s St. Louis Cardinals game was watched with hidden phones and quickly closed tabs in schools and workplaces across the nation as today marked the first game of the season streamed solely on Facebook. The sneaking around may not have been worth it as the Cards fell 3-2 on a good-but-not-good-enough start by Adam Wainwright in another game that the bats fell asleep.
Waino matched up against the Milwaukee Brewers 33-year-old pitcher Junior Guerra and was very solid. Waino did not pitch poorly; most days seven innings and three runs should be enough to get a win, but he was out dueled by Guerra. Guerra, who only went 5.1 innings, balanced that by only giving up one run.
Waino began this game well, striking out two in the first inning, but then gave up a looooong home run to Hernan Perez. Something about an 87.5 mph fastball right down the middle just doesn’t make that too surprising to me.
Then in the 3rd, Wainwright surrendered another home run to Eric Thames. Harrison Bader, you beautiful human, you almost had it buddy. The ball went in and out of his glove as he almost made a fantastic catch at the wall on Thames’ towering shot. The Brewers got their last run on an RBI ground out by Jonathan Villar in the 5th.
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Overall Adam Wainwright put in a very admirable performance.
Other than the two home runs, Waino looked sharp. The efficiency to get through seven innings is encouraging and was very needed after last night’s extra innings game. The Cardinal bats were just not putting anything together.
The offense only mustered an RBI ground out in the 6th and a lone solo homer in the 9th by Tommy Pham. This early season inability to find offensive consistency is going to be a very important trend to watch. If the Cardinals can’t consistently show their explosive offense that they have shown before, it is going to be another frustrating season.
Greg Holland also added a scoreless inning with only a walk.
Back to how the game was watched; personally, I was not a fan. As a college freshman, I just found it annoying. It was interesting to see the in between inning things that happened and the lack of commercials was okay, but just having to go through Facebook annoyed me. I may be in the minority but who knows.
The St. Louis Cardinals are back in action today against the Cincinnati Reds.
Overall, this game was another disappointing finish to a frustrating series. The Cardinals are brimming with potential but with no consistency, it has already been very frustrating to watch at times. Let me know what you thought of the Facebook only stream in the comments.