Finally. A sweep!
The Cardinals earned the sweep Wednesday night with a 7-2 victory over the Diamondbacks.
Despite the score the game was interesting throughout. Let’s discuss a few things!
* Oh Lohse. Kyle Lohse was pulled from his sixth inning batting appearance for Matt Carpenter, according to MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch, for precautionary reasons after appearing to have aggravated his hamstring making an awkward lunge at third base in the fifth inning. The pinch hit turned out more beneficial than expected when Matty Carp knocked a two-run double, giving the Cards a 3-1.
* Boom! Going into the ninth it was 3-2 Cards. And then … there was a mini offensive explosion for our team. Matt Holliday doubled to center, allowing Rafael Furcal and Carlos Beltran to score. And Allen Craig hit his third homer of the year, scoring Holliday, and boosting the score to 7-2. It’s always good to have insurance runs. You’ll see what I mean here in a moment …
* Boggs And The Rest Of The ‘Pen. Lohse pitched five innings, giving up seven hits and one run. He struck out three and walked one. Pretty good for Lohse and after appearing to have injured his hamstring running, Mike Matheny obviously felt comfortable turning to his bullpen.
Let’s see about that!
Kyle McClellan got a hold after pitching one inning, giving up two hits and one run. He also walked one and struck out one. Victor Marte got his fourth hold of the season after pitching the seventh. Marc Rzepczynski earned his fourth hold of the season pitching the eighth inning and striking out two.
Whew! So, with a 7-2 lead going into the ninth inning, Matheny decided Mitchell Boggs should be given a chance to earn back some confidence and pitch the ninth. Why not, right? Right? RIGHT? Boggs faced three hitters in the ninth and all three were on the base paths when Matheny pulled him immediately for … The Closer!
Jason Motte trotted out to the mound and just took over. The first batter faced? Motte struck out Gerardo Parra. Lovely, just filthy pitching from The Closer. Yes. Next up was Willie Bloomquist. He grounded into a double play and Motte earned his sixth save of the season. And a sigh of relief was exhaled!
* What’s Next? The Cardinals are headed back to STL for a three-game series this weekend with the Atlanta Braves! It’s the last time fans will get to see Chipper Jones at Busch in the regular season. Tony LaRussa’s No. 10 will be retired and … and … David Freese Bobblehead Day is Sunday!
Miranda Remaklus is lead St. Louis Cardinals contributor for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. She’s also senior reporter at Aerys Offsides. Follow her on Twitter, @missmiranda.