The St. Louis Cardinals took the series from the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday afternoon as Jake Westbrook pitched one gem of a game and the offense ignited in a 10-zip route.
Let’s discuss this game!
* Jake Westbrook. Once again, Jake made his haters shut up as he pitched a complete game shut out. That’s right. Jake Westbrook did that, you guys! He gave up five hits, walked four and struck out three.
In the sixth inning, he pitched himself out of a minor jam that started with him hitting Shin-Soo Choo. He proceeded to strike out Chris Heisey. He walked Joey Votto. Brandon Phillips flew out to center. And, with runners at second and third, Jake struck out Jay Bruce.
Jake walked off the field pumping his fist and beaming with confidence.
It was extremely nice to see for a guy that pretty much gets little respect from this fan base.
I’d like for you to check out Jake’s stats for his time in St. Louis. This doesn’t include Wednesday’s stats. Unfortunately.
Look at Jake’s 13 year career and look what he has done with the Cardinals. He’s no ace. But he goes out, hustles and gets the job done. … A trait I thought most Cardinals fans love in a player!
Jake’s next win … counting today’s win … will be his 100th.
Might be time to reconsider the hate!
* Let Us Score ALL The Runs! The Cardinals went yard Wednesday. A lot!
Jon Jay hit his second homer of the season in the fifth inning. After Matt Holliday doubled in Matt Carpenter, Carlos Beltran knocked him in by hitting his first homer of the season. In the sixth inning, Matt Adams hit his second homer of the season with David Freese on base.
Later in the sixth, Matt Carpenter drove in Pete Kozma with his first home run of the season. Pete doubled earlier in the inning after sharply hitting a ball to left field after his hit deflected off Reds pitcher Homer Bailey. Pete hustled hard to stretch the deflection into a double. It was impressive!
In the seventh inning, Matt Adams doubled to score Shane Robinson. And Jake helped himself that inning by singling to left and knocking in Yadier Molina.
* The Cards Won Their Home Opening Series. Yay! After a disappointing home opener which they dropped 13-4, it is a relief to see them step it up and hold on to wins!
The Cardinals have today off to get rested up for a big weekend series against Ryan Braun and the Brewers.