By: Jim Tsapelas
During the recent Cardinal road trip to San Diego there were multiple numbers of fans dressed in Cardinal red. There were multiple occasions when the fans at Petco Park would be unashamed in their cheering for certain Cardinal players, and there were the chants of “Yadi, Yadi, Yadi.” If an individual had been listening to the game on radio and was not aware it was a road trip, it would have been easy to confuse the crowd as being a St. Louis home crowd.
On Monday at Chase Field where the St. Louis Cardinals met the Arizona Diamondbacks, the crowd of 19,892 was definitely verbal in their support of the Cardinals. In a post-game interview on Monday, Cardinal starter Lance Lynn (10-8) commented on the support the team has recently received on the road. Lynn said, “San Diego was a home crowd. Tonight (Monday) was a home crowd. My guess is that in San Francisco (next up for the Redbirds), they’re not going to let anybody in wearing red.”
The D-Backs got on board first in the bottom of the second when Wellington Castillio hit his seventeenth home run off of Lynn.
In the top of the third, Matt Carpenter hit his nineteenth home run to center on a line-drive off of Arizona starter Jhoulys Chacin (0-1), knotting the score at one.
In the top of the sixth, the Cardinals regain the lead when the speedy rookie Stephen Piscotty legs out a hit and is safe at first, scoring Jason Heyward.
The Diamondbacks tie it again quickly in the bottom of the sixth when Aaron Hill’s twelfth double of the year allows Jake Lamb to score.
Not being satisfied with a tied game, the Cardinals plate two runs in the top of the seventh when Greg Garcia scores on a Tommy Pham single and when a single by Yadier Molina plates Pham.
In hopes for a rally in the bottom of the ninth, Arizona’s A. Pollock scored on a David Peralta single. The rally never fully developed. Final score Cardinals five-Diamond backs three.
Cardinal starter and winner Lance Lynn worked six innings, allowed nine hits, two earned runs, walked two, struck out three, and allowed the Castillio home run. Trevor Rosenthal earned his thirty-ninth save of the season.
Taking the Arizona loss, starter Jhoulys Chacin pitched six and one-third innings, allowing six hits, three runs-two of which were earned, walked one, striking out five, and offered up the home run to Carpenter.
Starting with San Diego, the Cardinals embarked on a ten game road trip. Currently the Cards are two wins with two losses on the trip. The Cards have three more games with Arizona and shall then move on to San Francisco. With the win the Cardinals remain three and one-half games in front of Pittsburgh and are six and one-half games in front of Chicago.
Tuesday finds the Cardinals Jamie Garcia (5-4) meeting the D-Backs Robbie Ray (3-9) at Chase Field.
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