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.