Despite a terrible start, the Cardinals took the home and home series with the Royals.
The St. Louis Cardinals battled to win out the home and home series against the Kansas City Royals, struggling two days while saving an offensive onslaught for Wednesday. It was frustrating but good to see the team get it together on Wednesday.
Monday, Cardinals 1, Royals 0
Steven Matz earned his third win of the season going a smooth six innings, inducing 11 swings and misses. Matz gave up four hits but struck out four batters. Kodi Whitley earned his first hold, going one inning and striking out two. Nick Wittgren got his fourth hold of the season, pitching the eighth inning.
Giovanny Gallegos earned his fifth save of the season, pitching the ninth inning. He induced seven swings and misses, gave up one hit but looked confident in striking out two batters.
The Cardinals’ lone run will be discussed in The Good section.
Tuesday, Cardinals 1, Royals 7
Dakota Hudson earned his second loss of the season and the Cardinals’ offense was dismal.
Hudson gave up nine hits over six innings. He gave up two walks and three runs including a home run to Bobby Witt Jr., this was the first homer of his career. Hudson did strike out four. T.J. McFarland pitched a third of an inning, giving up two hits and two runs. He did strike out one. Jake Woodford pitched 1.2 innings, giving up four hits, one walk, and two runs.
The remainder of this game is discussed in the Ugly section.
Wednesday, Cardinals 10, Royals 0
Adam Wainwright looked great in his 310th start with Yadier Molina.
Wainwright is now 3-3 on the season. The pair earned their 202nd win for the Cardinals. Waino pitched seven innings Wednesday, giving up only one hit and one walk while striking out two. He was able to induce eight swings and misses. T.J. McFarland pitched one inning, only giving up a hit. Packy Naughton pitched the ninth inning, giving up two hits while striking out one.
The Cardinals’ offensive explosion will be discussed in The Good section.
After the series, the Cardinals head to San Francisco for a four-game set with the Giants.
Let’s discuss the good, bad, and ugly of this series.