The skid ends with a Sweep and a push to the All-Star break? ReCap 6/28 - 7/4

Updated: Jul 20, 2021

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The streak ended in a big way with a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks to start the week, including a top pitching performance for Carlos Martinez, A break out by Goldschmidt, Then to Colorado, and a homecoming for Nolan Arenado.

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First up was a three-game set vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks At Busch Stadium. Arizona came in sporting the worst records in MLB. Many fans were hoping for a sweep. This series Marked the debut of Wade LeBlanc as a starter.

Game 1 - 6/28 vs. Arizona, Cardinals 7 - Diamondbacks 1

36-year-old Wade Leblanc makes his start for St Louis. The Cardinals signed LeBlanc on June 17th. Coming out of the bullpen for St Louis, He was; 0-0 6 2/3IP, 7H, 3R, 1 BB, 4Ks, no saves. ERA of 4.09 a 1.21 WHIP, and opponents hit .250 against him.

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In his first start on Monday, he went 4 1/3IP 4H, 1R, 1 BB, 2Ks 2.09 ERA, 1.16WHIP even though the D-Backs are the absolute worst team in the league. It was still a good outing by the 36-year-old left-hander. 6 different Cardinal relievers finished the game.

Ryan Helsley finished off the fifth getting a popup and a fly-out. John Gant started the sixth and allowed two singles while also recording two outs. Genesis Cabrera came in, loaded the bases, then Striking out the pitcher. Giovanny Gallegos had a one, two, three seventh. Andrew Miller a one, two, three-eighth. Brandon Waddell pitched the ninth after a lead-off walk. He struck the next two and got a fly ball out to end the game.

The Cards scored first in the third when Dylan Carlson tripled home a run his third triple of the year.

Josh Rojas would tie it for the visitors with a home run off Leblanc.

Then in the seventh inning, The Cards inflicted damage, as Mike Shildt likes to say. Carlson broke the tie with an RBI single. After a passed ball put Carlson on second, Paul Goldschmidt singled him home. A single by Tyler O'Neill put runners at first and second with two out. Yadier Molina then doubled home both Cardinal runners. Paul DeJong completed the scoring with a two-run homer. His second in three days.

The Cards start the week 1-0 and 38-41 overall.

Game 2 - 6/29 vs. Arizona Cardinals 3 - Diamondbacks 2