Cardinals-Phillies Recap: The Bats Come Alive


I guess I should have written something sooner, because just a few days ago when I wrote the recap of the St Louis Cardinals and Twins series, I stressed the importance of how St Louis would have to score more runs in order to keep winning. They did exactly that, winning the series by scoring 24 runs in just three games.

St Louis opened the series by letting the bats come alive. St Louis took advantage of the Phillies young pitcher by homering three times, and scoring four runs in the second, then five runs in the fifth. Tyler Lyons earned his second win, and now sits 2-0 on the season. The Cardinals finished out the game 12-4, which likely sparked the team given their recent performances of late.

St Louis didn’t stop there either. The second game, St Louis won 10-1, with Lackey pitching strong over seven innings. Lackey gave up five hits and only one earned run. Grichuk homered twice, and went 3-5 in the first game, and in the second as well. The Cardinals dominated Philadelphia’s pitchers from the starting mound to the bullpen, with Lackey dominating Philadelphia’s offense most of the game.

St Louis again did not finish the series on a high note, as they have struggled with closing out series finales this year. St Louis lost 9-2, with Michael Wacha having a rough outing, which is very rare this season. Wacha fell to 9-3 on the year, and St Louis only managed a couple runs on Jason Heyward and Jhonny Peralta’s solo home runs.

St Louis made real progress this series. The bats came alive and scored runs into the double digit margarine twice. Another thing to keep an eye on is the excellent play from Randal Grichuk, who homered three times in the series. Grischuk is proving he can play on the starting line-up, and might be worth monitoring further, especially in the upcoming series against the Miami Marlins.

Tomorrow the first pitch will be thrown at 6:15 Central time.

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