Updated: Jul 20, 2021
Alex Reyes received the news that he was selected as one of the relievers for the All-Star game. It is Alex's 1st MLB All-Star appearance. He will join fellow Cardinal Third Baseman Nolan Arenado in Colorado. For Arenado, it is his sixth All-Star game. Arenado won the fan vote for third basemen in the NL.
The Cardinals started the week in Oracle Park in San Francisco, California overlooking the bay. Three games there, then three games vs. division rival Chicago before the All-Star Break. Coming off a mixed bag week was sweeping Arizona then losing 3 of 4 in Colorado, you were unsure what to expect. The Giants owned the League's Best Overall Record at 52-31. They were coming off of taking 3 of 4 games in Arizona.
Game 1 July 5, @ San Francisco Cardinals 5 - Giants 3
Kwang Hyun Kim turned in arguably his single best performance of the year.
Giovanny Gallegos pitched the eighth, allowing one run on, one hit, no walks, and struck out three. Alex Reyes pitched the ninth, giving up two runs on two hits, walking one, and striking one out. The performance was much needed, considering the way things went in Colorado. Giants Kevin Gausman was dealing as well. (7IP, 3H, 2R, 2BB, 8SO. He had a no-hitter for 6 1/3 until Nolan Arenado broke it up with a single. Arenado would have two hits in the game. Like the Cardinal pen, the Giant relievers gave up three runs as well.
In the seventh, with runners on first and second, Matt Carpenter Went the other way for Triple into Left-Center, clearing the bases. That was the first RBI for Carpenter since June 11, the first multiple-RBI game since June 9. The Giants would get one back in the eighth on an Alex Dickerson solo home run.
In the ninth, Harrison Bader gave the Cardinals all the runs they would need with an RBI single. At the same time, he extends his hitting streak to 4 games, going 5-16 with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs. Two batters later, Jose Rondon would add insurance with a pinch-hit sac fly.
The Giants get two runs o a Donovan Solano single And a Steven Duggar ground out. Tommy Edman had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 7 games. The Cards start the week 1-0 and go to 42-44 for the season.
Game 2 July 6 @ San Francisco Cardinals 6- Giants 5
Nolan Arenado came up big for St Louis in Tuesday's contest, showing why he started the 2021 All-Star game.