Cardinals-Twins Recap: Disappointing Endings


The St Louis Cardinals left Minnesota with an even series on Thursday. St Louis won the first two games of the series, but then lost the last two. St Louis continues to pitch extremely well, only giving up nine runs in the last four games, but with the offense only putting up eight runs in that same span, St Louis continues to only squeak away with a win or fall just short.

It’s no doubt that the injuries are hurting St Louis. The fans have to expect a small dip in the offense, and possibly in the pitching as well, the only problem is that the pitching depth has stepped up and played extremely well for the injured Wainwright and Lance Lynn, while the offense has taken a lot more than just a small dip. St Louis has only scored 4 or fewer runs in the last twelve games, and Cardinals fans expect more from the number one farming system in the MLB.

St Louis opened the series by watching John Lackey work eight strong innings. St Louis was then carried by back-to-back home runs by Reynolds and Molina. Minnesota tried a late comeback, scoring a run in each the seventh and eighth inning, but ultimately fell 3-2.

St Louis Cardinals Michael Wacha started the second game, going just over six innings and only giving up two earned runs. The St Louis bullpen then played lights out and closed out another 3-2 win behind Mark Reynolds two run single. (seeing a pattern here yet?)

Carlos Martinez pitched well in game three, but ultimately got the loss due to lack of offense from the rest of his team. St Louis only scored one run, an early single from Jason Heyward. St Louis lost 3-1.

The Cardinals finished the series finale in disappointing fashion, giving up a run in the eighth and ninth inning, losing on a walk off home run 2-1.

The Cardinals have got to find a way to score more runs if they expect to continue to win.

The Cardinals will travel to Philadelphia to take on the struggling Phillies. This could very well be a redemption chance for St Louis after the last two games ended in disappointing fashion. St Louis has Tyler Lyons on the mound tonight going up against AAA call up Phillippe Aumont. Lyons recorded his first win since May of 2013 last time he was on the mound, and will look to keep that ball rolling as he faces a new face to the MLB.

The Phillies are coming off of a 2-1 win against Baltimore that snapped their nine game losing streak. They are hoping to redeem themselves against an injury-limited Cardinals team.

First pitch will be at 6:05 central time.

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