Ugly: Blowing 6-0 lead on Wednesday
Things started off well for the Cardinals on Wednesday. The lineup was getting on base and moving team mates around. Things were looking good.
Adam Wainwright pitched 5.1 innings, giving up four hits and four walks, while striking out five batters and inducing six swings and misses. Packy Naughton pitched two-thirds of an inning, striking out one.
And then Drew VerHagen came into the game.
VerHagen pitched one inning, givingup two hits, two runs and a home run to Will Smith. Genesis Cabrerea pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up a hit, a walk and two runs. He did strike out one batter. Junior Fernandez pitched a third of an inning given up two hits, a walk and one run.
Giovanny Gallegos earned a loss and his sixth blown save of the season. That’s right. Sixth blown save. He gave up three hits and two runs. He did manage to strike out two batter.
It was a gut punch to see them have such a good start and then implode on the mound. The Cardinals desperately need pitching help. Soon.