September 2, 2008

Wainwright wins as Cards pound D'backs



Not even the mighty David Eckstein could hold off the Cardinals tonight at Chase Field in Arizona tonight as Adam Wainwright earned his eighth victory, now 8-3, striking out seven Diamondbacks hitters in an 8-2 Cardinals victory.

Wainwright pitched only 5.1 innings, but allowed only three hits and one run.
And even while Wainwright was busy holding off the Diamondbacks' offense, the Cardinals once more provided some decent production. Yadier Molina and Felipe Lopez each hit two-run homers, each of them round-tripping in as many games. The added touch for Lopez was that he has hit his two homers in two days with one bomb from each side of the plate.

Cards' manager Tony La Russa went on to use a lot of pen, now, with a few extra arms since the September callups have been put on the roster. La Russa brought in Ron Villone and Russ Springer for an out each before bringing on Chris Carpenter to pitch the seventh inning. Ryan Franklin would pitch the eighth, and Chris Perez would close out in the ninth, throwing to call-up catcher Mark Johnson.
Troy Glaus came out of the low end of his streakiness, for lack of a better expression, but one that fits the tall drink of third baseman. Glaus went 2-for-4 with a home run, a two-run blast in the third inning that put the Cards on the board first.

Yadier Molina was 1-for-three with a double, now hitting .310.

Adam Wainwright also doubled with the bases loaded, driving home two runs and helping himself toward a victory.

The Cardinals looked good a team that has been recently written off by the bulk of the media, showing good offense against some good pitching and a good team. But the performances of all the pitchers tonight boded well, especially when the comebacks of Wainwright and Carpenter seem to be going better than expected.

It is possible that Carpenter will not be available again until the Cardinals get back to St. Louis this weekend, as he threw 24 pitches in his one inning of relief. In a post-game interview, La Russa stated Carpenter would most likely be available on Friday in St. Louis if needed. Wisely, the Cardinals are not pushing Carpenter's comeback.

The Cardinals will attempt to win the Diamondbacks series tomorrow night at Chase Field, game time, 2:40 p.m., CT.

Kyle Lohse is slated to pitch for the Cards while Doug Davis will get the nod for the D'backs.
Adam Dunn photo by SD Dirk
Yadier Molina/Troy Glaus photo by Barbara Moore
Chris Carpenter photo by Barbara Moore