The St. Louis Cardinals looked great to start their four-game series in San Francisco and ended up struggling hard as they split the set.
The St. Louis Cardinals looked good on Thursday and Friday, but Saturday and Sunday the team just couldn’t get anything going with their pitching or hitting and settled for a split with the San Francisco Giants.
Thursday, Cardinals 7, Giants 1
Yadier Molina hit his first home run of the season on a fly-to-left field off Zack Littell to get the scoring started in the third inning. Molina’s homer traveled 374-feet at 97.7 mph.
In the fifth inning, Tommy Edman singled on a grounder to center to score Molina and Dylan Carlson.
In the seventh inning, Edman singled on a grounder to centerfield once more, allowing Carlson to score. Tyler O’Neill singled on a liner to centerfield to score Edman and Paul Goldschmidt. Juan Yepez singled on a grounder to right field, scoring Nolan Arenado.
Friday: Cardinals 3, Giants 2
Harrison Bader got the scoring started in style with a two-run home run to left field off Alex Cobb. The blast scored Corey Dickerson. The home run call was reviewed by the umpiring crew and upheld. Bader’s homer traveled 358-feet at 94.3 mph.
In the ninth, Dylan Carlson singled to center field scoring Brendan Donovan.
Saturday: Cardinals 7, Giants 13
Yes, the Giants won big on Buster Posey Day.
Nolan Arenado singled in the first inning on a line drive to right field scoring Edman. In the second inning, Yadier Molina singled to right field allowing Juan Yepez to score.
Paul DeJong knocked a single to center and deflected by second baseman Thairo Estrada. This scored Harrison Bader.
In the fourth, DeJong singled to left field, scoring Bader.
In the seventh inning, Dylan Carlson launched his first homer of the season a fly to right field, scoring Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler O’Neill. Carlson’s homer traveled 391-feet at 105.8 mph./
Sunday: Cardinals 3, Giants 4
Juan Yepez hit the first home run of his major league career on a fly ball to center field, scoring Albert Pujols. Yepez hit the homer off Jakob Junis. The blast traveled 406-feet at 104.7 mph. The homer luckily dropped in the Cardinals bullpen.
In the sixth inning, Bader grounded out but the knock allowed Yepez to score.
The Cardinals will finally get a day off on Monday as they return to St. Louis. The Cardinals will host the Baltimore Orioles in a three-game set, beginning Tuesday evening.
Now, let’s discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of this wild series.