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Carlos Beltran hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth, Adam Wainwright pitched seven solid innings and the St. Louis Cardinals escaped a ninth-inning jam for a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.
Philadelphia put runners at first and third with nobody out against Edward Mujica, but the fill-in closer retired three straight batters to preserve the victory.
Yadier Molina went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for the Cardinals, who had seven hits one night after getting held to Beltran's seventh-inning double in a 5-0 loss to A.J. Burnett and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Wainwright (3-1) wasn't as sharp as his previous start, when he pitched a four-hitter and matched a career high with 12 strikeouts Saturday in an 8-0 win over Milwaukee, but he was still effective.
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Everyone assumes that Oscar Taveras is the heir apparent to take over for Carlos Beltran in right field in 2014. However, with the way Matt Adams has started out of the gate this season, its entirely possible that Adams starts at first next year with Allen Craig moving to right.
But, if that should happen, where does that leave Taveras?
Its a nice problem to have, as it shows...
The St.Louis Cardinals sit perched atop the National League Central division with an 8-5 record to start the 2013 campaign. The young season has seen the emergence of rookie pitcher Shelby Miller and first baseman Matt Adams, both youngsters are proving their worth as valuable assets to future of the Cardinals.
Miller has complimented and matched staff ace Adam Wainwright pitch for...
The St. Louis Cardinals bullpen has been terrible all season long. Mitchell Boggs has been ineffective in his stint as closer and 22-year old phenom Trevor Rosenthal has struggled in his set-up role. On Thursday night in Philadelphia, manager Mike Matheny turned to Edward Mujica to close out the game and despite putting himself in a jam, Mujica was able to close the door as the...
Sunday was a Top 10 day in St. Louis.
Unlike San Diego or Miami where 80 degree cloudless days with a consistent breeze seem to be called Tuesday, St. Louis sees precious few. Sitting in Busch Stadium, watching baseball, drinking beers... chances are if you're on this site in the first place, you agree - it doesn't get much better.
Then it got worse....
Before Wednesday night's game in Pittsburgh, the St. Louis Cardinals ranked fourth in baseball with 78 runs scored in 13 games. Thanks to A.J. Burnett, the Cardinals were held scoreless in a 5-0 series-ending loss at PNC Park.
Burnett flirted with perfection, and then with a no-hitter before both disappeared. A shutout did not disappear as the Cardinals offense remained silent...
That game was so ugly, it went into a haunted house and came out with an application.
You're right. That wasn't funny.
And neither is the sequence of numbers 0, 1, 2. As in 0 runs, 1 hit and 2 errors. If Stanley Kubrick was around, I think he'd be working on Clockwork 2.
Thank goodness Carlos Beltran was able to scratch out 1 hit, otherwise literally...
Things are settling in nicely here at the Closer Report. We’re starting to get some clarity on jobs as manager’s back new closers and incumbents pitch and solidify their status.
St. Louis Cardinals
Edward Mujica has charged into the lead of the bullpen race in St. Louis. Mitchell Boggs has been inconsistent at best. Trevor Rosenthal has been electric, but hittable. Mujica has...
The Cardinals leave out of Pittsburgh with essentially a split series due to the rain out of Tuesday evening, and also with a series that’s a tale of two halves. After an offensive eruption in game one, which they won 10-6 on Monday, they could barely find their way into the hit column two days later, dropping the final game of the series 5-0 to AJ Burnett. Now, as they depart...
Carlos Beltran hit his third home run of the series in the fifth inning. The Phillies used a big inning of Friday night to coast to a win. On Saturday, it was the Cardinals doing the same. Backed by a solid pitching performance from Lance Lynn, the Cardinals jumped on...
St. Louis Cardinals (8-6) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (6-9)
Adam Wainwright (2-1, 2.05) vs Cole Hamels (0-2, 7.56)
Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: MLB Network, The Comcast Network (Home of Phillies Nation TV)
Weather: Cloudy, 60
Media: Twitter and Facebook
John Lannan will miss roughly 6 weeks with a quad strain in his left leg, just above his knee. I spoke with Lannan around 3...
Phillies (6-9) at St. Louis Cardinals (8-6)Matchups: Thursday - 7:10 - Cole Hamels v. Adam WainwrightFriday - 7:10 - Oh No, It's Roy v. Jaime GarciaSaturday - 7:10 - Cliff Lee v. Lance LynnSunday - 8:10 - Oh No, It's KK v. Jake Westbrook (For our "out of market" friends, note that tonight's game is on the MLB network and the finale Sunday will be on ESPN.) Pitching...
Philadelphia Phillies (6-10) vs St. Louis Cardinals (9-6)
Roy Halladay (1-2, 7.63) vs Jaime Garcia (1-0, 1.86)
Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather:70′s, chance of rain/storms
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Tonight should be fun. Jaime Garcia (7 IP, 0 R in his last outing) is on the mound for the Cardinals, and he’s had success (2.30 ERA) against the Phillies in...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Lance Lynn threw one-hit ball for seven innings and Carlos Beltran homered for the third straight game to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.
Lynn (3-0) did not allow a hit until John Mayberry Jr., led off the fifth with a double. Lynn struck out eight and walked three in his longest outing of the season....
Lance Lynn threw one-hit ball for seven innings and Carlos Beltran homered for the third straight game to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.
Lynn (3-0) did not allow a hit until John Mayberry Jr., led off the fifth with a double. Lynn struck out eight and walked three in his longest outing of the season.