Reds Series Post Mortem: Book Two

So the Cardinals didn’t sweep, but they took the series–again.  Michael Wacha-good; Lance Lynn–typical Lance Lynn;  Shelby Miller–needs work.   It’s early so no need to panic.  I seem to say this every year, yet folks, well, panic.  On to the post mortem.

 

Monday, April 7—Cards 5 Reds 3

This game was not as close as it ended up being.  The game was 5-1 until the 9th inning when Trevor Rosenthal had a little hiccup.  Had me going there for a while I must say.

Getting home seemed to be what the team needed.  Everyone hit except Peralta and Wacha.  Peter Bourjos got his first hit as a Cardinal and then got a second one for good measure.  The pitching was good, except for the Rosie snafu, I guess he was a little rusty.  Despite the nagging rain before the game started, it was a good Opening Day.

Some day before I die, I am going to make an Opening Day at Busch.  It’s on my bucket list.

 

Tuesday April 8—Cards 7 Reds 5

If you thought you might get a glimpse of good, shutdown Lance Lynn, you were disappointed.  If I didn’t know what good stuff Lynn had, and how good he could be if he could just be consistent, I would probably be a member of the Lance Lynn Haters Club.  I have more patience than that, but how much more is yet to be determined.   Lynn gave up 3 runs in the first inning and one more in the second.  Fortunately, the offense took its cue and backed him up.  A Yadier Molina home run, followed by an Adams single, a Bourjos single, a Matt Carpenter single, and a Kolten Wong triple, tied the game.  Lynn gave up one more run in the 5th, but in the 6th two doubles by Bourjos and Holliday put the Cardinals in the lead.  An rbi single by Bourjos in the 7th added an insurance run.

So Lynn got his run support, and the Cardinals got the win.   The Lance Lynn Haters Club got nothing.

 

Wednesday April 9—Cards 0 Reds 4

Well, you can’t win them all.   Shelby Miller didn’t actually pitch as bad as the score sounds, he did pretty well the first 3 innings, but then Devin Mesoraco got a hold of one for Shelby’s 3rd home run of the young season, and well the wind kind of went out of the sails.  The offense didn’t do the Lynn Butt Saving Dance for Shelby, in fact, the offense took the day off.  Too much butt saving the day before I guess.   Shelby also had 2 bags stolen off him, I say off HIM because Yadi never had a snowball’s chance in Hell.  If Shelby were any slower to the plate he would be a statue.  There really should be a stolen base stat for pitchers.  Catchers get all the blame.

I can’t even quantify how much I hate losing to the Reds.  I think it is a number that reaches infinity.

 

On to the Cubbies.

 

 

Thank you for reading.

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