3 standout performances in Cardinals series with Marlins
The Cardinals appeared to get their flow back despite several key players on the injured list. The Cardinals took two of three in their series against the Marlins.
The St. Louis Cardinals were one out away from a sweep of the Miami Marlins Wednesday evening. But, thanks to a blown save from Ryan Helsley, they were only about to take two of three on the series.
While the wins were great, it feels terrible to see the Cardinals that close to. a sweep only to blow it.
On Monday, the Cardinals won 9-0, and on Tuesday, 5-3. The Cardinals lost on Wednesday 4-3.
Adam Wainwright earned his sixth win of the season after an efficient seven innings of work Monday. He gave up seven hits and walked one. He did strike out nine batters while inducing a staggering 16 swings and misses.
Wainwright’s win was the 190th of his career.
James Naile, a Charleston, Mo. – native who grew up a Cardinals fan with a pitcher of Wainwright and Yadier Molina on his wall, made his major league debut in relief of Wainwright. He pitched one inning, giving up a hit while inducing one swing and miss.
Jake Woodford held things down, pitching the ninth.
Dakota Hudson had a good five innings of work on Tuesday. He gave up six hits, one walk, and three earned runs. He did strike out three batters. Junior Fernandez was effective in his two innings of work, striking out two. Giovanny Gallegos earned his fourth hold of the season by pitching the eighth inning. He gave up a walk but struck out two batters.
Ryan Helsley earned his sixth save with a shutdown ninth inning Tuesday. He struck out three batters.
On Wednesday, the Cardinals were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and leaving five runners on base, ultimately losing 4-3. imagine if they had taken advantage of those scoring opportunities.
Andre Pallante pitched a solid seven innings for the Cardinals. As a rookie, he is really performing so well as a starter. It is impressive. In those innings, he gave up five hits, two earned runs, a walk, and struck out two batters.
Giovanny Gallegos pitched the eighth inning, striking out one as he earned his fifth hold.
Ryan Helsley earned his first loss of the season, along with his third blown save of the year. In his one inning of work, he gave up two hits, a walk, and two earned runs, including a homer to Avisail Garcia. He did strike out three batters to get out of the inning.
The Cardinals get the chance to reset with an off day Thursday. They head to Philadelphia for a three-game set with the Phillies on Friday.
Let’s take a look at the positives with who stood out for the Cardinals in their series with the Marlins.