Updated: Apr 24, 2021
Hi there folks, I will be venturing out here and doing a recap of the past week's action. Considering I waited until now, this first recap will encompass April 1st through April 18th. As always, please feel free to leave comments here, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @bortas2002. So here we go with the first installment of DON'S CARDINAL RECAP!
First series 4/1, 4/3-4/4 @ Cincinnati
Game 1 The Cardinals started with an opening day win. Paul Goldschmidt went 4 -5, Tyler O'Neill and Dylan Carlson each had Home Runs. Although jack Flaherty only lasted 1 1/3 innings, the bullpen held on to preserve the win 11-6.
Game 2 Paul DeJong and Nolan Arenado each hit Home Runs, but Adam Wainwright only lasted 2 2/3 innings. And Reds scored 6 runs in the 3rd. Tyler Maihe held the Cards to just 3 hits through the first five. The Reds added runs in the 4th and 6th. St Louis chipped away but, the Reds took the game 9-6. Some added excitement, Nick Castellanos was hit by a pitch and later would come around to score on a wild pitch and seemed to "aggressively" taunt pitcher Jake Woodford. Who was covering the plate on the play and fell on Castellanos. Benches emptied, but no punches were thrown.
Game 3 was a complete blowout by the Reds, scoring in 4 innings and knocking out the Redbirds 12-1. Carlos Martinez looked good for 4 innings, then boom. Record 1-2
Next came a 3 game series @ Marlins 4/5-4/7
Game 1 Daniel Ponce de Leone gave up only 1 run in 5 innings, and the bullpen shut the door. Molina doubled home two runs in the 1st inning to give St Louis the 3-0 lead. Tommy Edman had a solo Home Run in the 5th. The Cardinals win 4-1
Game 2 Despite a 10 strikeout performance by former Cardinal Sandy Alcantara, the Cardinals scored 3 times in the 6th. And 1 in the 9th for a 4-2 win Giovanny Gallegos struck out the side in 7th. Carlson hit his 2nd Home Run of the year.
Game 3 Saw the Cardinals sweep their first series of the year with a 7-0 win over Miami. Jack Flaherty went 6 innings, and help from Gallegos and Hicks kept the Marlins off the scoreboard. Molina homered in the 7th, and Carlson homered in the 9th, his second in two days. Record 4-2
Home cooking vs. Milwaukee. 4/8-4/11
Game 1 The Cardinals looked to continue the winning at Home vs. division rival the Milwaukee Brewers,
The home opener featured the Normal pomp and circumstance a fan would expect(parade of players and, of course, the Clydesdales) and a tribute to Broadcaster Mike Shannon. It also featured the return of Kolten Wong. In his first at-bat Yadi as he did with Albert 2 years ago, stood in front of the plate as Wong was announced. The limited amount of fans (due to covid) responded with a standing ovation, and Cardinal starter Adam Wainwright tipped his cap in salute. The Brew Crew scored first in the 3rd with the help of two Cardinal errors. Bases loaded infield single by O'Neill tied the game in the 7th, and a two-run bomb to Left Field in the 8th by Arenado gave the Cards the lead 3-1. Alex Reyes closed the door to get the save.
Game 2 Unfortunately, the Cardinals' win streak ended here. The Brewers collected 5 runs on 13 hits, Avisail Garcia went 2-4 with 5 RBIs for the visitors, and first baseman Keston Hiura was 2-5 with 3 RBIs to pace Milwaukee. Austin Dean went 2-3 with 3 RBIs, and Yadi Molina was 3-4 with 2 runs scored.
Game 3 saw the Brewers jump to a 7-0 lead after two innings with Home Runs by Avisail Garcia and Travis Shaw. The Cardinals could not get the lumber to do much. They got a run in the second on a fielder's choice and 2 in the 6th via an Austin Dean Double. Johan Oviedo did throw 4 2/3 innings in relief, surrendering 2 hits, 0 runs, 4 Ks.