Cardinals-Marlins Recap: Redbirds Sweep Miami


The St Louis Cardinals are doing just fine without Matt Holliday. I wrote an article a few weeks ago when Holliday got injured, asking if the Cardinals could replace Matt Holliday in his absence. The Cardinals have not only done that, but also have found some aspiring new talent that could be used in the future. Randal Grichuk has played great, and Pete Kozma had a three hit night in the series finale against the Marlins. St Louis continues to win and win big, proving they are the team to beat by sweeping the Marlins in their own stadium.

The Cardinals started out by winning in a comeback fashion. Carlos Martinez pitched well the first game, going seven innings and only giving up three runs, two being off the bat of Stanton on a 480 yard home run. Martinez trailed 3-0 early, but even after taking a 94 MPH fastball to the shoulder, he still came out throwing heat, only giving up eight hits and striking out nine batters.

Heyward came through again, getting the Cardinals on the board in the fourth by hitting his eighth home run of the year. Recent call up Xavier Scruggs then doubled deep to left field, scoring Molina and Jay. Mark Reynolds became the hero again, getting the go-ahead RBI in the seventh, securing a victory for the Redbirds.

Jaime Garcia took the mound for the second game, looking to win yet another series. Garcia pitched seven innings, and gave up only five hits with three coming from Stanton. The Cardinals bats rolled hot, with Kolten Wong going deep for a two run home run in the third, then Heyward going yard yet again in the seventh with two men on base. St Louis dominated all of the Miami Marlins roster except for Stanton.

The series finale was slow going most of the way, but the bats finally came alive in the seventh inning where the Cardinals were able to score three runs by moving players around the diamond. Lance Lynn returned tonight in top form, going six innings and only allowing two hits. It’s good to have you back.

The Cardinals continue to play well, and now will return home to face the Cubs. This is an exciting series to look forward to given the rivalry and most importantly how well the Cardinals are playing.

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