CINCINATTI — In Game 1 Thursday, our Cards were roughed up by Sonny Gray and CIN pitching. Two hits & 15 strikeouts. It was not pretty. We knew that.
Friday we had to face their best, All-Star righty: Luis Castillo, Castillo had a 2.69 ERA going into Friday’s match-up. We knew of his abilities and we knew, also, that we had the chance to get to him (we’ve done it to other threatening MLB aces). We were lucky/blessed to do the latter. We got to him with a season-high 18-hits. Beat CIN Friday 13-4. More 🙂 – Cubs had their second walk-off loss against PHI!
Game 2 action all started with Dexter Fowler in the second inning. Dex hammered a 3-run homer. It’s what we needed to get going. Oodles of pitches, and runs followed. Thanks Dex. It’s right: “When you go, we go!”
SECOND INNING: DEX AND HIS 3-RUN SHOT. CLICK TO WATCH THE EXCITEMENT.
Homers by: Fowler, DeJong, Goldschmidt & Wong. Multi RBIs by: DeJong (2), Fowler (4) & Goldschmidt (3). CIN righty wasn’t able to get to us early in the count, like he had with so many others. The first-pitch strike gives him control. We were able to score early and then add on (like we try to do in all games).
“He’s one of the best in the game,” Wong, who went 4-for-5 on Friday, said. “You have to approach the guy with the respect and just try to wear him out. Everyone came in with the same mindset that we were going to make him work a little bit. Try to swing at strikes — he has a lot of movement to his ball. He’s a really good pitcher, we just wanted to make sure we didn’t give away at-bats against him.”
We started the contest with many guys in the O-fer club. Goldschmidt, Edman, Ozuna, Carpenter & Molina. (Almost) everyone in the lineup hit. In the sixth, we batted around the order. Matt Carpenter was the only member of the lineup that didn’t get a hit Friday. Have faith Carp, we know you’ll have your day!
Adam Wainwright opened. It was his 23rd start. Waino has been awesome when pitching at Busch. He hadn’t had luck against CIN or pitching on the road. Friday he did a fantastic job. He retired seven straight and was able to get first-pitch strikes in most of the game. His offspeed pitches, cutter, slider and Uncle Charlie were all nasty!
“That first inning, I think that set us up well,” Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright, who gave up four runs (three earned) in 6 2/3 innings and had a base hit in the second inning, said. “When you can work a pitcher, get him grinding out there, working tough at-bats, 3-2, fouling off, fouling off, that takes its toll. As a pitcher, if you don’t come back with a quick one in the second inning, that can really mount up on you.”
Cardinal Nation is certainly not expecting offense like this in every game, but we’d just like you to “bottle this feeling” and get more consistent hits in games. That’s just a suggestion, guys! 🙂
Go Cards — you got this. You do!