August 27, 2015

Rosenthal grabs 40th save as Cards top D-backs again

PHOENIX--John Lackey (11-8) got off to a rocky start on the hill for the St. Louis Cardinals, giving up a first inning home run to Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt, but that was it. The Cards won 3-1.

No more runs for the D-backs due to Lackey's poise, going seven innings. Lackey scattered seven hits, and the one run he gave up was only run of the game.

Kevin Siegrist (H-24) tossed the eighth inning to set up closer Trevor Rosenthal's fortieth save of the season.

St. Louis goes for the series sweep today in Arizona.

August 26, 2015

Garcia and Cards' bats deadly combo to Diamondbacks

PHOENIX--Jaime Garcia (6-4) allowed only one run in six innings on the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals at Chase Field in a 9-1 trouncing of the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday.

The win gives the Cards the first two in a four-game series with Arizona.

St. Louis helped themselves by giving Garcia a four-run lead before he took to the hill, and later added two in each of the fourth and sixth innings. The Cards tacked on one more in the seventh. Arizona's only run came in the fourth.

Peter Bourjos homered for the Cards, a solo shot in the seventh inning.

Tommy Pham filled the three-hole in the St. Louis lineup rather well, going 3-for-5, including a triple. Pham didn't amass any RBI but let teammates plate him instead, scoring three times.

August 25, 2015

Cards take first of 4-game set in Arizona

PHOENIX--The St. Louis Cardinals jumped on the first game of a four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks, winning 5-3 in front of less then 20,000 fans at Chase Field.

Cards's starter, Lance Lynn, got back on track, pitching six full innings and picking up the win. Lynn scattered nine hits, gave up two runs (both earned), a couple walks, and three strikeouts. Arizona's Welington Castillo went yard on Lynn.

Trevor Rosenthal picked save number 39.

Yadier Molina had a two-RBI single and was the only Card with more than one hit, going 2-for-5.

Matt Carpenter hit homer number 19 of his season for St. Louis.

August 24, 2015

Piscotty goes Petco twice in Cards rout of Padres

SAN DIEGO--Rookie Stephen Piscotty went yard twice at Petco Park and contributed five RBI to a St. Louis Cardinals 10-3 victory over the San Diego Padres Sunday.

The win helped the Cards avoid a three-game sweep before traveling to Arizona for the next phase of their western road road trip.

Piscotty went 3-for-4 in the afternoon game, adding a triple to his round-trippers.

Cards' starter, Michael Wacha (15-4) notched another win with six full innings of work. Wacha scattered five hits, allowing one run (earned). Wacha walked a couple Padres, but earned his victory with only three strikeouts, getting some solid defense on pitching to contact.

The Cards' Jason Heyward, although out shined somewhat by the rookie, Piscotty, had a double (25), a triple (3), and a single, missing the cycle by a homer, on a 3-for-4 afternoon. Hayward continues to swing a hot bat for the Redbirds.

The only thing the Cards might've wished they'd done better on Sunday was having a bit more efficiency out of the bullpen. Johnathan Broxton, Steve Cishek, Kevin Siegrist, Randy Choate all relieved in turn. Siegrist and Choate could've used some time off, but Cards' manager Mike Matheny, although leading 10-1 at the time, seemed to get a little nervous about shutting down the Padres, who had been hitting the Cards pretty well over the first couple of games of the series.

St. Louis moves on the Arizona for a four-game series with the Diamondbacks, then on to San Francisco for three with the defending World Series Champion Giants.