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MLB TEAM REPORTS Copyright (C) 2015 The Sports Xchange. All Rights Reserved. Reprints, duplication or redistribution is prohibited without written permission from The Sports Xchange. =================== ST. LOUIS CARDINALS ===================   INSIDE PITCH Consistent Cardinals continue to find way to win    CLEVELAND — Sometimes it just feels like a rally is coming. The St. […]

MLB TEAM REPORTS
Copyright (C) 2015 The Sports Xchange.
All Rights Reserved. Reprints, duplication or redistribution is prohibited without written permission from The Sports Xchange.
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ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
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INSIDE PITCH
Consistent Cardinals continue to find way to win
   CLEVELAND — Sometimes it just feels like a rally is coming. The St. Louis Cardinals have the best record in the majors, so they are quite familiar with that feeling. In the eighth inning of Thursday’s game in Cleveland, Matt Carpenter felt it.
   “When (Peter) Bourjos drew that walk, I could just sense that we had a chance to come back,” said Carpenter, who belted a two-run home run with one out in the eighth inning, turning a 1-0 Cleveland lead into a 2-1 Cardinals lead, and eventual victory.
   Carpenter’s home run snapped a streak of 17 consecutive innings without the Cardinals scoring a run. That streak began Wednesdaywhen Indians right-hander Corey Kluber struck out 18 in eight innings in a 2-0 Indians victory.
   But Carpenter’s home run also reflected the approach the Cardinals take every game, regardless of the circumstances.
   “Stay the course,” said St. Louis manager Mike Matheny, of that approach, which emphasizes grinding out at-bats and grinding through games.
   After being held scoreless through nine innings Wednesday and through the first seven Thursday, Bourjos, still grinding, coaxed a one-out walk from right-hander Trevor Bauer in the eighth. “That was really a good at-bat and it rejuvenated me because I knew I needed to follow with a good at-bat,” said Carpenter, who did exactly that, leading to still another Cardinals victory.
 
NOTES, QUOTES
   RECORD: 24-10
   STREAK: Won one
   NEXT: Tigers (RHP Shane Greene, 3-2, 4.71 ERA) at Cardinals (RHP Carlos Martinez, 3-1, 4.89 ERA)
   PLAYER NOTES:
   –OF Jon Jay was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to May 10, due to left wrist tendinitis. Jay missed all three games of the Cleveland series.
   –INF Xavier Scruggs has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis to replace OF Jon Jay, who was placed on the disabled list Thursday. At Memphis, Scruggs was hitting .229 with six home runs and 18 RBIs.
   –RHP Michael Wacha escaped a 35-pitch first inning without giving up a run, and went on to pitch five innings, striking out a season-high seven batters, in Thursday’s game. “He was at 35 pitches after the first inning and at 60 pitches after two, but he was still able to stay in the game. A great job by him,” said Manager Mike Matheny.
   –OF Matt Holliday was not in the original starting lineup Thursday after being forced out of Wednesday’s game when he was hit by a pitch on the left elbow in the first inning. However, Holliday lobbied with manager Mike Matheny, and was a late addition to Thursday’slineup as the DH and went 0-for-3 with a walk.
   –RHP Trevor Rosenthal’s save Thursday was the 60th of his career. That ties him with Al Brazle and Joe Hoerner for eighth place on the Cardinals’ all-time list.
   QUOTE TO NOTE: “I was not happy with the way my day was going.” — Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter, after hitting the game-winning homer vs. Cleveland on Thursday.
 
ROSTER REPORT
   MEDICAL WATCH:
   –OF Jon Jay (left wrist tendinitis) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 10.
   –RHP Jordan Walden (right biceps inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 30. He is out until at least mid-June.
   –RHP Adam Wainwright (sore left ankle and left Achilles tendon) went on the 15-day disabled list April 26, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 30. He underwent season-ending surgery April 30.
   –OF Randal Grichuk (lower back strain) went on the on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 17. He will start a rehab assignment May 8 at extended spring training in Jupiter, Fla.
   –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 April 15. He threw batting practice April 17. He threw a simulated game April 30 and reported no setbacks. He threw 70 pitches in a simulated game May 5, and he began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Memphis on May 10.
   –OF Tommy Pham (left quad strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 1. He had his quadriceps drained April 6.
   ROTATION:
   RHP Lance Lynn
   RHP John Lackey
   RHP Michael Wacha
   RHP Carlos Martinez
   LHP Tyler Lyons
   BULLPEN:
   RHP Trevor Rosenthal (closer)
   LHP Kevin Siegrist
   LHP Randy Choate
   RHP Seth Maness
   RHP Matt Belisle
   RHP Carlos Villanueva
   RHP Mitch Harris
   RHP Miguel Socolovich
   CATCHERS:
   Yadier Molina
   Tony Cruz
   INFIELDERS:
   1B Matt Adams
   2B Kolten Wong
   SS Jhonny Peralta
   3B Matt Carpenter
   INF Mark Reynolds
   INF Pete Kozma
   INF Xavier Scruggs
   OUTFIELDERS:
   LF Matt Holliday
   CF Peter Bourjos
   RF Jason Heyward

 

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