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Cardinals drop one to Reds; final game of series today

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The Cardinals dropped a tough one to the Reds yesterday, 1-0. Carlos Martinez took the loss in relief, giving up the only run in the bottom of the ninth; he didn’t have his normal control, giving up 3 hits and 2 walks in 1.1 innings. Michael Wacha pitched very well, striking out 7 over 6.2 innings while only giving up 3 hits and a walk. Kevin Siegrist recorded the only other out.

The bats were silent again, as the team only recorded 3 hits – a double from Kolten Wong and singles from Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig. While every hitter on Monday had a strikeout, Yadier Molina and Wong didn’t record outs that way; the team did strikeout 12 times though. The team has 21 strikeouts in 2 games.

Another early concern is the defense; after 3 errors on Monday (Wong, Peter Bourjos, and Adams), Jhonny Peralta added another Wednesday night. Peralta committing an error isn’t all that surprising, since his defense is below average. The defense needs to be better, especially if the hitters aren’t successful.

The NL Central Standing as of last night:

  • Pittsburgh Pirates: 2-0, 1.000
  • Cincinnati Reds: 1-1, 0.500; 1 back
  • St. Louis Cardinals: 1-1, 0.500, 1 back
  • Milwaukee Brewers: 1-2, 0.333, 1.5 back
  • Chicago Cubs: 0-2, 0.000, 2 back

The run differential is now 0 (1 run scored [RS] and 1 run allowed [RA]); their Pythagorean Record is 1-1, matching their current record.

Each day, I’ll introduce a hero and zero for the previous game; today, you get Monday’s and Wednesday’s. They’ll receive points for each that will be accumulated throughout the season to show the team’s MVP and LVP at the end of the season. Monday’s hero was Molina for his homer; the zero was Matt Holliday with 2 strikeouts and 3 left on base. Tuesday's hero was Wacha with a solid pitching performance; the zero was Martinez for taking the loss.

Thursday’s lineup is posted:

  1. Matt Carpenter, 3B
  2. Kolten Wong, 2B
  3. Matt Holliday, LF
  4. Allen Craig, RF
  5. Yadier Molina, C
  6. Matt Adams, 1B
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Jon Jay, CF
  9. Lance Lynn, SP

Homer Bailey will start for the Reds; the game was scheduled for 11:35 am CST but had been delayed due to rain. The Cardinals should have more success against Bailey than they did against Tony Cingrani; the Cardinals have had serious issues over the last few years of hitting lefties not named Clayton Kershaw.

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