Game Log: Cards win 5-2 in 11th inning

Game Log: Cards win 5-2 in 11th inning

Game Log: Cards win 5-2 in 11th inning

Print
Email
|

by Elizabeth Eisele / BaseballStL | @elizabetheisele

KMOV.com

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 4 at 9:59 PM

(BaseballStL) -- Peter Bourjos earned a one out walk in the eleventh inning and then quickly picked up his fourth stolen base on the season with Matt Carpenter, who has been on base five times this game, up to bat.

And Carpenter delivered with his fifth base hit of the game and 16th double of the season to score Peter Bourjos. Jon Jay then pinch hit for Randal Grichuk and shot a single into left giving the Redbirds runners on first and third with only one out.

The Royals loaded the bases after hitting Matt Holliday. Allen Craig delivered with two more insurance runs to lead 5-2, marking RBIs number 31 and 32.

Pat Neshek came in for the bottom half of the eleventh to earn his first MLB career save and give the Cardinals the victory.

-- -- -- -- 

Facing the number 2, 3 and 4 hitters in the ninth, Adam Wainwright faced a tough challenge after he struck out Eric Hosmer to lead off the inning, but the ball got away from Yadier Molina and Hosmer was safe at first.

He then gave up a single up the middle to Billy Butler when manager Mike Matheny opted to bring in closer Trevor Rosenthal. 

Rosenthal walked Alex Gordon to load the bases, but a ground ball from Salvador Perez to third allowed one run to score and got just one out at second. Lorenzo Cain then hit a single into center to tie the game at 2. Lee Summit-native Rosenthal blew his third save of the year in front of a hometown crowd.

-- -- -- --

Matt Carpenter continued his hitting parade, going 4 for 4 in the seventh inning with a double down the right field line.

He then advanced on a bunt from Randal Grichuk after drawing the throw to third base and avoiding the tag. Carpenter came around as Matt Holliday's 29th RBI on a bouncing ground ball over the head of Jason Vargas.

-- -- -- -- 

Adam Wainwright hadn't allowed a hit, and only two of those outs made it out of the infield, until the bottom of the sixth with a single from Alcides Escobar.

But the big Cardinals' ace was able to work around the lead off hit to strand Escobar at third base and leave the Birds with their 1-0 lead intact. 

-- -- -- --

After losing the last three games, Matt Carpenter has taken it upon himself to will the Cardinals to victory.

In just the fourth inning, Carpenter collected his third hit in as many at-bats to move the speedy Peter Bourjos from first to third with two outs. But again, with runners on first and third and two outs the Redbirds were unable to scratch out any runs in the inning.

-- -- -- --

Veteran second baseman Mark Ellis got things started for the Cardinals in the second inning with a line drive single into center. Then with two outs and Matt Carpenter up to bat, the 36-year-old, who turns 37 on Friday, swiped second for his third stolen base of the season. 

That stolen base proved worthy as Carpenter stroked a single out to center to score Ellis and put the Cardinals up 1-0 on the Royals.

-- -- -- -- 

The Cardinals began their third game against the Kansas City Royals much the same as the previous night, loading the bases, but they were unable to convert.

After a single from Matt Carpenter, Randal Grichuk hit a long fly ball out to left field. Carpenter, however, was able to advance on the routine fly ball to second. 

Then Allen Craig drew a walk and Yadier Molina hit a dribbler just up the third base line that pitcher Jason Vargas was unable to handle giving the Cards the bases loaded with two outs. But Jhonny Peralta grounded out softly back to the pitcher to end any threat the Redbirds could have managed.

Adam Wainwright then rolled through the bottom half of the first, getting two ground outs and a strike-out from the first three batters he faced and throwing just 11 pitches.

Print
Email
|