On Monday, great starting pitching, even greater relief pitching, combined with timely hitting, gave the St. Louis Cardinals their first win over the San Francisco Giants in what may prove to be one of the more decisive match ups related to 2015 post season play. The series continues with games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Cardinals’ starter Michael Wacha (14-4) made just one mistake in his bid to lay claim to a MLB high-fifteenth win for the season. The last time the Cardinals saw the Giants was last October when Wacha gave up a home run to the Giants’ Travis Ishikawa, which allowed the Giants the win in the National League Championship Series. The Giants met the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 World Series. In the one hundred tenth edition of Major League Baseball’s championship series, the Giants went on to beat the Kansas City Royals four games to three to become baseball’s 2014 World Champions.
The Cardinals’ broke on top in the in the bottom of the fourth, on Yadier Molina’s third home run of the season.
Wacha, worked seven innings, allowed six hits, one earned run, walked one, and struck out six. Wacha’s one mistake, which Brandon Crawford hit to the center field wall for a double, scored Matt Duffy tying the game at one. This mistake hindered Wacha in his quest to earn his fifteenth victory of the season. Wacha’s pitching performance was stellar and was worthy of a win. Wacha received pitching help from Kevin Siegrist (4-0) who pitched the eighth inning and was credited with the win, while striking out one. Trevor Rosenthal worked the ninth, walking one and striking out one, to earn his thirty-seventh save.
Timely hitting in the Cardinals’ half of the eight, allowed the home team to turn out a win. With one out, Cardinal rookie Stephen Piscotty tripled. Brandon Moss was the recipient of an intentional walk. Mark Reynolds hit a ground ball to the Giants’ shortstop Crawford. Instead of flipping the ball to the Giants’ second baseman Kelby Tomlinson to start a possible double play, Crawford took the ball to second base by himself. Moss sliding into second affected Crawford’s throw, causing the throw to first to be wild and off base. Piscotty scored on the play. Score, Cardinals two-Giants one.
On Monday the Cardinals’ placed Randal Grichuk on the fifteen day DL. Outfielder Tommy Pham was called up from AAA-Memphis to fill the roster spot. In Monday’s night game, Cardinal outfielder Jason Heyward left the game after the second inning with tightness in his left hamstring. Heyward shall be evaluated and is day-to-day.
Giants’ starter, Chris Heston (11-7), worked four and two-third innings, allowed four hits, one earned run, walked five, struck out four, and allowed the Molina home run. Taking the Giants’ lost was Hunter Strickland (2-2).
On Tuesday the Giants give the ball to Ryan Vogelsong (8-8). The Cardinals are sending Lance Lynn (9-7) to the hill. Lynn is looking to rebound from his last start which was arguably the most disappointing start of his MLB career.
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