Jaime Garcia (4-4) and the St. Louis Cardinals, with a little help from the bullpen, extended the current scoreless pitching streak to thirty-six innings. Garcia pitched a gem over seven innings, allowing just two Brewers’ hits, walking four, and striking out five. Garcia lowered his season ERA to a remarkable 1.77. Joining Garcia in the shut out were relievers Kevin Siegrist, who pitched the eighth inning and walked one and struck out two, and Trevor Rosenthal, who struck out the side while earning his thirty-third save of the season.
The win was the seventy-first win for the Cardinals this season. The Redbirds are thirty-two games over .500. The last time the Cardinals enjoyed a position where they had a thirty-two game over .500 margin, was near the end of the 2013 season. In 2013, the team finished with ninety-seven wins.
What the Cardinals have lacked in occasional run production, they have more than compensated with their pitching. The Cardinals’ entered Saturday’s game with a team ERA of 2.60. This has been the lowest team ERA since 1972, when the Baltimore Orioles and the Oakland Athletics were lower. In ’72, the Orioles team ERA was 2.53 and the A’s, who were the 1972 World Champions, had a team ERA of 2.58.
Cardinal third baseman, Matt Carpenter, provided all of the offense the Cardinals’ would need in the top of the first inning. Carpenter hit a leadoff home run off the Brewers’ starter Wily Peralta (2-7). Carpenter had worked the count to three balls and two strikes as he unloaded for the eighth leadoff home run of his career. The bomb gave Carpenter his sixteenth homer of the season and ties him for the team lead with Jhonny Peralta. Six of Carpenter’s sixteen home runs have occurred in the past nine games.
Rookie Stephen Piscotty hit two RBI singles, one in the second inning scoring Mark Reynolds and the other in the third which scored fellow rookie Randal Grichuk. Final score Cardinals’ three, Brewers’ nothing.
On Friday, St. Louis recalled left-handed pitcher Tyler Lyons from AAA-Memphis and optioned infielder Greg Garcia to AAA-Memphis.
On Sunday the Cardinals are looking to sweep the Brewers. The gritty Cardinal veteran John Lackey (9-7) meets the Brewers’ Jimmy Nelson (9-9) at Miller Park.
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