Here’s a quick review: games with 8-run innings and 5 homers, including one by the pitcher – good.
Extending hitting streaks to 16, 15 and 10 games — also good.
Six innings with 9 strikeouts from the starting pitcher and maintaining the National League ERA lead at 1.91 — obviously good as well.
A 12-2 lead — very good.
Getting rookie pitchers a chance to gain some experience — yes, that is good.
Having to bring your closer into a game because the score becomes 12-7, the bases are loaded, it’s now a save situation and he gives up a sac fly to make it 12-8 — not good.
But all’s well that ends well, as the saying goes.
And despite the drama that built as Seth Maness and Keith Butler had rough nights and allowed three runs each, it was a good night. Not ideal, obviously, and of course getting battered around like that is not what anyone wants to see from any relievers — especially ones in a bullpen with the Cardinals’ track record for too much of this season.
Still, it was a win.
Let’s go back to the good.