Saturday’s Recreation Report: Cardinals 7, Diamondbacks 4
By Rob Rains
The script appeared fairly acquainted for the Cardinals on Saturday night time in Phoenix.
For the third night time in a row they grabbed an early lead – then watched the Diamondbacks crawl again into the sport earlier than the Cardinals have been in a position to maintain on and get the win.
This time it was a 7-0 lead, constructed on the power of three RBIs from Yadier Molina and one other homer from Tyler O’Neill, for the third recreation in a row, earlier than the sport turned much more attention-grabbing than the Cardinals would have favored.
The Diamondbacks bought the tying run to the plate within the ninth earlier than Alex Reyes bought out of the jam and earned the save.
Right here is how Saturday night time’s recreation broke down:
On the plate: Molina drove in a run within the first inning and the Cardinals put collectively a five-run third which included a two-run single by Molina and a two-run double by O’Neill … O’Neill supplied the ultimate run together with his homer within the fifth, his 11th of the season … O’Neill additionally had one other double within the seventh and to date within the sequence O’Neill has three homers, three doubles and 7 RBIs … Tommy Edman reached base 4 instances with a single and double, getting hit by a pitch and reaching on an error.
On the mound: Adam Wainwright didn’t permit a success till the fourth inning, going a mixed 33 outs between hits relationship again to his final begin in opposition to the Cubs on Sunday night time at house, the equal of 11 hitless innings. He allowed a two-run homer to Stephen Vogt within the fifth after which didn’t retire any of the three hitters he confronted within the sixth, with two runs scoring within the inning … Within the ninth, Reyes gave up a leadoff double after which walked the subsequent hitter earlier than getting a fly out and back-to-back strikeouts to shut out the win.
Key stat: O’Neill’s 11 homers, which tied him for the group lead with Nolan Arenado, have are available simply 104 at-bats, a fee of 1 homer for each 10.4 at-bats. Arenado has had 204 at-bats, hitting a homer for each 18.5 at-bats.
Price noting: It was a busy 48 hours for Jose Rondon. The infielder performed in Thursday night time’s recreation for Memphis at Gwinnett, simply outdoors of Atlanta, then flew to Florida on Friday to hitch the coaching camp of the Venezuelan group hoping to earn a spot within the Olympics in subsequent week’s qualifying event. However on Friday night time he discovered the Cardinals have been placing Max Moroff on the injured record and he was flying to Phoenix on Saturday to hitch the group. Gamers on a major-league group’s 40-man roster usually are not eligible to take part within the Olympic qualifyers … Moroff harm his left shoulder whereas hitting within the batting cage earlier than Friday night time’s recreation … The Cardinals additionally optioned Johan Oviedo to Memphis earlier than Saturday night time’s recreation and activated Junior Fernandez from the taxi squad. Oviedo will stay with the group on the present highway journey, though he isn’t more likely to get one other begin earlier than it ends … Andrew Miller was scheduled to return to St. Louis after a 3rd rehab look for Memphis on Saturday night time, the place he threw one inning, strolling one and putting out two. He threw 18 pitches, 13 of them strikes. A call has not been made on whether or not he’ll be part of the Cardinals subsequent week in Los Angeles.
Wanting forward: Kwang Hyun Kim will get the beginning on Sunday because the Cardinals go for the sweep of the four-game sequence. The sport is scheduled to start at 3:10 p.m. St. Louis time.
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