Splits are only good when they are made with bananas! Or When they are the Banana Splits!



Ok, I had to lighten the mood here somehow. After last week when the birds on the bat went 2-4, the hopes of a better week did not pan out, with the Cardinals gaining splits against Detroit and Pittsburgh. Not to say that good things did not happen, just not enough of them.


Game 1, August 24, vs. Detroit Tigers 4 - Cardinals 3


Jack Flaherty, in his 3rd game since his return from the IL, Would only be able to go two innings before being taken out for shoulder soreness. He would later be placed on the IL date of return is unknown at this time.


Flaherty would only go two innings giving up four runs on four hits and three walks and striking out only one. He would be taken out in the third after giving up back-to-back home runs.

Mike Shildt turned to his bullpen, calling on Daniel Ponce De Leone. He would come in and quiet the Tiger offense for 2 1/3 innings. He allowed no runs on two hits, walking one, striking out two. Andrew Miller would come in with a two-one-out situation and get a double play on three pitches.



Kwang Hyun Kim via Korean Times

Kwang Hyun Kim would cover the next 2 2/3 innings giving up no runs on no hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

TJ McFarland would finish the eighth and start the ninth going 2/3 of an inning, no runs on one hit, walking none, and striking out one.

Luis Garcia would get the final 2/3 of an inning in the ninth. No runs, no hits, walking one, striking out one.



The Cardinal bats were silent for most of the game. Until the eighth, with Tommy Edman and Nolan Arenado doing the damage. But it would not be enough.

Nolan Arenado vis Eric Espada-Getty images

The Tigers would start in the second inning. After one out, Flaherty would sandwich a single between a pair of walks to load the bases. He would then give up a single to Derek Hill for an RBI. Then he would issue a bases-loaded walk to Casey Mize to score another run, making the score 2-0 Tigers.


Flaherty would give up back to back home runs to Robbie Grossman and Miguel Cabrera in the third. It wou