Adam Wainwright makes the start against the Phillies fanning five.
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St. Louis Cardinals Adam Wainwright returned to the hill coming off his shortest stand in his career. His previous start, he only saw two innings with seven earned runs against the Chicago Cubs. In last night's game, facing the Philadelphia Phillies, he turned that around going five solid innings, only giving up one earned run. In his sixth, while collecting five strikeouts throughout, he was stung with back-to-back solo home runs by Odubel Herrera and Freddy Galvis. With a day off, a travel day for the Cardinals, the rested bullpen had his back; plus, offense finally showed up - late - but, they showed. Another 'comeback' win for the Cardinals.
Randal Grichuk opened the scoring for the Cardinals and topped the game off for the 4-3 win.
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Wainwright had given up the one earned run early, in his first. Galvis cranked out a RBI double; which gave a small amount of breathing room before Phillies Adam Morgan. But, not for long. Morgan had held the Cardinals in his first. In his second, Randal Grichuk send a two out missile for a solo shot to tie the game. That was his 15 home run this season; and, his third since being recalled from Memphis Triple-A on August 11.
That was the only earned run Morgan gave up to St. Louis in his six innings, with three strikeouts before he was retired in the top of the seventh as Jedd Gyorko tapped out a single and Grichuk to followed. However, he left the mound with his Phillies holding a 3-1 lead, which held until the ninth inning.
Phillies Jeanmar Gomez was called for the ninth. He allowed a single, followed by a fielder's choice to get his first out, but one runner on. JeddGyorko, on a 2-2 pitch smashes a bullet out over the left wall for a two-run homer to tie the game. That was his 19 homer holding a .247 BA/.490 SLG for the season. In August, he holds a .222 BA/.490 SLG. In August, he has cranked out a .537 SLG.
Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh came in for the ninth. He gave up on hit, issued one walk but got his final out to go to extra innings. He returned in the tenth, taking down the side. Phillies Frank Herrman took care of the tenth to hold, and returned for the eleventh. Two runners on, one out on the board and Grichuk returns to the plate. He connects sending the two-seamer to the left center wall for the go-ahead RBI double. Herrman was retired, with Michael Mariot following to close the inning.
Cardinals rookie Alex Reyes called for the bottom of the inning. He allowed a hit, issued one free pass, but got a ground out to close down the Phillies for his first major league save. Reyes, 21 years of age, has the concentration of an eagle. His zone of concentration, not only the plate; but, right behind home to Yadier Molina. Quite the positioned duo, hill to backstop. Oh received his third win and Herrman was handed his first loss. Yes, the Cardinals offense showed up, late, but got the 4-3 win; along with, great work by the bullpen.
GAME TWO AT 6:05 FIRST PITCH
Cardinals rookie Luke Weaver (0-0/4.50 ERA) will make his second start since his debut against the Chicago Cubs, August 13. He was called up from Memphis Triple-A to replace starter Michael Wacha who is on the 15-Day DL due to right shoulder inflammation. He went four innings, did allow 1 HR/2 ER with issuing three walks and had three strikeouts for his short start. He was a first round pick in 2014 by the Cardinals; and, earned the #2 prospect spot behind top prospect Reyes. This season, he was 7-3/1.30 ERA in 13 game starts in the minors with 92 strikeouts. The 22 year old shows a lot of maturity, confidence, control and realizes the task before him. It was mentioned during the game last night, referencing Weaver, that his innings may be controlled to ease him into going deeper as his starts increase. We will see how he fares facing Phillies six year veteran, Jeremy Hellickson (9-7/3.65 ERA).
Hellickson is 4-4 at home. He has been on the Day-to-Day injury list dealing with a back issue. He is expected to make the start tonight. The last he faced the Cardinals, May 2. He gave up 3 HR/6 ER while issuing four free passes along with four strikeouts. That was at Busch Stadium which was his second loss of his season. But, on the flip-side, overall in his history against St. Louis he as held hitters to a .197 BA.
The match-up this evening could prove to be very interesting between the new and the experienced. And, will be interesting to see if manager Mike Matheny holds with limited innings for Weaver should he fare well in his second start. Weaver is accustom to going deep into a game; however, at the minor league level. In his debut, he did spend 85 pitches with 50 strikes thrown in his four frames. A bit of workout handed to him by the major leaguers. "IF" he has better management tonight, (along with control and command) we may see him go five, maybe even six innings. In his game against the Cubs, Matheny had Reyes follow Weaver. With Reyes closing last night's game, not sure he will send Reyes to the mound so soon. Reyes was a starter in the minors before he made his debut with the Cardinals, Aug 9. However, with his 4.98 ERA, he was placed in the bullpen to begin his major career. A very effective move since he has yet to record an ERA in the relief role. This is still a new experience for him going from pitching every five days to pitching in consecutive games. In my opinion, once again, both of these prospects are up for whatever task is placed before them.