=================== ST. LOUIS CARDINALS =================== INSIDE PITCH Matheny’s non-move pays off in Cards’ win ST. LOUIS — Arriving at the mound in the top of the eighth inning, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny had lefty reliever Kevin Siegrist warming up to face lefty-hitting Jay Bruce with the score tied at 1 Sunday night and runners […]
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
Matheny’s non-move pays off in Cards’ win
ST. LOUIS — Arriving at the mound in the top of the eighth inning, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny had lefty reliever Kevin Siegrist warming up to face lefty-hitting Jay Bruce with the score tied at 1 Sunday night and runners at first and second with two outs.
But Matheny took one look at pitcher Adam Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina, and realized that he wouldn’t be calling on Siegrist.
“Waino and Yadi both wanted him to finish the inning,” Matheny said.
So Matheny allowed Wainwright to face Bruce, figuring the right-hander might steer clear of feeding Bruce, who has a .306 average against him, anything juicy to hit.
In a classic pitch-around, Wainwright walked Bruce on a 3-2 curve to face the batter he wanted to see, shortstop Zack Cozart. The strategy worked as Cozart bounced into a first-pitch fielder’s choice to end the inning.
When St. Louis scraped together a run off Mike Leake in its half of the eighth, Wainwright had his second win. And Matheny’s non-move had paid off handsomely.
STREAK: Won five
NEXT: Cardinals (RHP Lance Lynn, 1-1, 1.64 ERA) at Nationals (LHP Gio Gonzalez, 1-1, 5.11 ERA)
–RHP Adam Wainwright was back in form Sunday night, earning a 2-1 win in a pitcher’s duel with Cincinnati’s Mike Leake. Wainwright scattered seven hits over eight innings, throwing 67 of his 102 pitches for strikes. He had command of all his pitches most of the game, whizzing through one three-inning stretch on just 23 pitches. In his last 23 innings against the Reds, dating back to last year, Wainwright’s allowed only one run.
–RHP Lance Lynn will get the start Tuesday night when St. Louis starts a six-game road trip with the first of three games in Washington. Lynn beat the Nationals twice last year, pitching eight shutout innings June 13 in a 1-0 decision. He’s coming off a 4-2 win Wednesday night over Milwaukee in which he only made it through five innings thanks to a pitch count of 98.
–LF Matt Holliday (mid-back tightness) was back in the lineup Sunday night, hitting in his customary third spot in the order. Holliday left Saturday’s 5-2 win after one inning, a move which was made for precautionary reasons, according to manager Mike Matheny. Holliday entered Sunday night’s game 14-for-36 in his career against Leake and went 1-for-3 in this one, extending his hitting streak to 11 games.
–3B Matt Carpenter lashed out two more hits, including the fifth leadoff homer of his career, to up his average to an even .400 through 11 games. Carpenter has collected two hits and an extra-base hit in seven straight games, tying an 80-year old franchise record held by Ripper Collins (1935). Carpenter is the first Cardinal with exactly two hits in seven straight games since Jose Oquendo (1989).
–RHP Trevor Rosenthal, who’s worked in five games and warmed up in others, was given the night off by Matheny, enabling Jordan Walden to earn the save. Rosenthal has converted all four of his save opportunities but is still having command issues, doling out four walks in 5 2/3 innings. He should be available Tuesday night in Washington.
–OF Randal Grichuk was placed on the on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday with a lower back strain. Grichuk, who was batting .200 with a homer and two RBIs in 10 at-bats, was injured lifting weights.
–INF Dean Anna was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday. Anna was batting .393 with two doubles and two RBIs in seven games in the minors.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “A great finish to a good homestand.” — Cardinals manager Mike Matheny after a 2-1 win over Cincinnati on Sunday.
–OF Randal Grichuk (lower back strain) went on the on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 17. He was injured lifting weights.
–LHP Jaime Garcia (left shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He threw a bullpen session April 12 and another one April 15. He threw batting practice April 17.
–OF Tommy Pham (left quad strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He had his quadriceps drained April 6, and he is expected to be re-evaluated in mid-April.
RHP Adam Wainwright
RHP Lance Lynn
RHP John Lackey
RHP Michael Wacha
RHP Carlos Martinez
RHP Trevor Rosenthal (closer)
RHP Jordan Walden
LHP Kevin Siegrist
LHP Randy Choate
RHP Seth Maness
RHP Matt Belisle
RHP Carlos Villanueva
1B Matt Adams
2B Kolten Wong
SS Jhonny Peralta
3B Matt Carpenter
INF Mark Reynolds
INF Pete Kozma
INF Dean Anna
LF Matt Holliday
CF Jon Jay
RF Jason Heyward
OF Peter Bourjos