Game 67: Exhausted
In the longest and most dramatic game of the season the Cardinals could not hold on in the 15th inning as they fell 5-3 to the KC Royals. I went to the game and had a great time, it was beautiful despite being a bit hot. Unfortuantley some annoying fans that sat around me annoyed me to the point where I decided to leave the game and go watch the rest at home. The Cardinals ended up losing yet another series, and their struggles are continuing. Something has got to be done, MOZELIAK WAKE UP!
On a beautiful fathers day in St. Louis, Adam Wainwright was masterful and pitched a strong game one that shows his progress as a healing pitcher. Waino went seven innings with only one earned run striking out seven and walking two. The first part of this long game actually went by really fast as Waino was locked in, it is truly a shame that Wainwright was unable to get the run support he deserved (again..).
Just like yesterdays game the Cardinals flashed their power muscles, this time Matt Holliday and Allen Craig hit back to back monster home runs which were the only runs of the game until the 14th inning. It is nice to have home runs and all but the Cardinals really need to start producing runs other ways again, you cannot rely on the long ball.
Why oh why?:
Why did Matt Holliday come out of the game so early. It was a one run lead and Matheny should have known better than to take him out for a defense replacement. This move really hurt the Cardinals in the long run, he would have had at least three at bats in which his RED HOT bat could have produced some runs, but who knows what would have happened that is the game of baseball.
It was nice to see Mitchell Boggs come in and get a shutdown 8th inning and set up perfectly for Motte. To bad in the long run that inning wasn’t as important as it should have been, thanks to what happened in the ninth.
I love Jason Motte, I always have. But I am really starting to lose my faith in him as our closer. His fastball is not enough to make him a great closer and with his blown save today he now has four on the year as well as having three losses. I think he might be better off being a set up man in the long run, it might be time for the Cardinals to begin looking elsewhere for a closer before this becomes another Ryan Franklin scenario. I do not want to dislike Motte like I ended up doing with Jason Isringhausen and Ryan Franklin.
I am really starting to dislike the Cardinals bench that I once spoke so highly of. Shane Robinsons bat is really starting to diminish and though Adron Chambers had a few hits in late innings his average on the year is still just .250. Daniel Descalso despite having a good versatile club is batting just .228, which is in Tyler Greene territory. I think Johnny Mo would be wise to try to find some sort of outside help for the bench before the long awaited return of Jon Jay and Lance Berkman who knows when they will return.
He did it again folks. With two outs in the bottom of the 14th and runners at first and third Yadier Molina came in to pinch hit for Tony Cruz. It was inevitable, it seemed so obvious that he would come through with the game tying hit and he did. Simply amazing, I wish Molina could play everyday because when Tony Cruz and his low average are playing, the Cardinals always seem to lose.
Player of the game:
I give it to Wainwright for his strong outing, if only he had some damn run support!
This game was unnecessarily long. A blown save from Motte led to a pathetic domino effect of a game that lasted until the 15th inning. By the end of the game everyone appeared so tired and exhausted that I just knew that the Cardinals would lose. This was a pathetic game and not much went right for the Cardinals despite the great start from Wainwright. But it is time to move on, the Cardinals next opponent is the Detroit Tigers and Lance Lynn will be facing off against Justin Verlander, that should be a fun one!