Two big, fat, ugly streaks ended for the St. Louis Cardinals tonight!
Jake Westbrook’s attempt to win his 100th career victory came after two failed attempts. And David Freese’s ugly little streak where he couldn’t get hits or score runs was also foiled.
‘Bout. Time. Amirite?!
Let’s discuss the good coming from Thursday night’s game. I have some bad, ugly, awfulness to discuss and then I promise to make you laugh. OK? All right. Let’s go!
Awesomeness: How about that third inning for the Cardinals? Wow!
The top of the third started out with Pete Kozma flying out to Ryan Braun. Jake singles to center. Matt Carpenter singles to left. Carlos Beltran flies out. Matt Holliday gets hits by a pitch to load up the bases. Allen Craig singles to score Jake and Marp. Yadi singles to score MattyHo. Freesey singles to score Craig! Jon Jay singles. Pete Kozma singles to score Yadi and Freesey.
See what I mean? Awesome! Jake even helped himself!
Speaking of Jake and Awesomeness. Jake earned his second victory of the season and his 100th of his career on a six inning performance. He gave up six hits, one run, three walks and struck out four.
Now let’s get to the bad, ugly, awfulness. Yes. Quiet. We have to.
The bullpen blows, y’all. It was almost as if they didn’t want Jake to get that 100th victory.
Joe Kelly entered the game in the seventh and only pitched two-thirds of that inning. He gave up two hits and two earned runs. He did strike out Ryan Braun. And that is quite acceptable!
What isn’t acceptable. Mitchell Boggs. Whew. Goodness.
Boggs came into get the last out of the inning. He walked Rickie Weeks. And walked Carlos Gomez with the bases loaded to score Norichika Aoki.
Boggs is just awful and needs to get right and fix whatever this problem he is having.
Next up from the ‘pen was Trevor Rosenthal. He did what Boggs couldn’t. Got Martin Maldonado to strike out. He ended up striking out two more in the one and one-third inning pitched. He gave up a single to Ryan Braun allowing Blake Lalli to score.
Edward Mujica was next in line to close the game down. But. He did what all St. Louis Cardinals closing relievers do. Make things interesting. Rickie Weeks flew out to right. Carlos Gomez singled. Maldanado was called out on strikes and Gomez stole second. Alex Gonzalez singled to score Gomez. And Jonathan Lucroy struck out.
Regarding this bullpen, Derrick Goold wrote this in his post-game piece for the Post Dispatch. ” The right mix is what the Cardinals must find in the bullpen. Already this week, the Cardinals demoted Marc Rzepczynski and brought in prospect Seth Maness. Officials have said they are willing to do the same again – and appear ready to after Thursday’s game. They want results, not just relief.”
Good. Good. Good.
I promised funny.
It’s a Cardinals Brewers series. I just HAVE to share this one with you again!
Certainly hope that brightens your day as much as it does mine!