Game Log: Padres beat Cards 9-5 after long night

Game Log: Padres beat Cards 9-5 after long night

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

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Posted on August 16, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 16 at 11:31 PM

(BaseballStL) — The Cardinals were unable to mount a challenge in the ninth, despite fighting for 20 pitches. 

The top of the order went down 1-2-3, ending a marathon game with a 9-5 loss. 

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After a delay of 1:46, Nick Greenwood came on to get the final out in the seventh. The Cardinals posted a blank bottom half, but the Padres padded their lead in the eighth. 

A one out double by Yangervis Solarte set the table and with two outs, Seth Smith singled him home. 

Smith was caught trying to stretch the ball into a double for the final out, but the Cardinals now trail by four with six outs to work with. 

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San Diego dealt a massive blow to the Cardinals in the seventh, reclaiming the lead with a grand slam. 

With one out, Kevin Siegrist gave up back-to-back singles, the first coming on a bunt that Almonte beat out to first. 

The lefty then walked Grandal to load the bases to face Jedd Gyorko. The .196 hitter took a 1-0 fastball and put it rught over the left field wall for a four-run shot. 

Now trailing 8-5, Siegrist got a ground out before walking Goebbert. With a man on, the game was delayed for rain and lightning. 

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Shelby Miller fought through six innings, closing out his start with a strikeout of pitcher Jesse Hahn. 

After facing the entire Padres lineup in the third inning, he faced the minimum the rest of the way. 

In the bottom half, Taveras and Jay reached on back-to-back singles with one out before pinch hitter Peter Bourjos flew out to center for the second. 

Hahn handed the ball to Alex Torres to face Matt Carpenter with two on and the reliever managed to get the Cardinal leadoff man to fly harmlessly to center field. 

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Matt Adams reclaimed the lead for his club in the fifth, hammering a two-out, two-strike triple into the right field corner. 

Matt Holliday, who earned a free pass with a two out walk one hitter ealier, scored from first to make it 5-4. 

Adams almost came home when the relay throw skipped away, but thought better of it. 

Peralta was unable to add to the lead, grounding out to short to end the volley. 

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The Padres scratched back a run in the third, pecking at Miller with three singles to make it 4-1.

Almonte and Seth Smith went back-to-back with one out, putting runners at the corners for Yasmani Grandal. 

Miller struck him out, but couldn’t get out of the inning unscathed. 

With two outs and two strikes, .193 hitting Jedd Gyorko fought off a ball and sent it into right for an RBI single. 

Rymer Liriano worked a full count  before Miller issued him a free pass to load the bases for rookie Jake Goebbert. 

The lefty got down to two strikes as well before turning on a ball and sending it down the line for a bases-clearing triple. 

The rip tied the game, and brought up Alexi Amarista. He was intentionally walked in favor of pitcher Jesse Hahn, who tapped back to Miller for the final out. 

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The Cardinals scored first again Saturday, getting to Padres stater Jesse Hahn in the second inning. 

Matt Adams led things off with a broken bat single into center, standing on first for Jhonny Peralta. He wouldn’t be there long, as the St. Louis shortstop ripped the first pitch into the left field corner for a double. 

Adams tore around the bases and scored from first, giving the Cards a 1-0 lead. 

Peralta would move to third on a deep fly ball from A.J. Pierzynski, trotting home when Oscar Taveras put a ball off the center field wall. 

It was Taveras' first start since Miami and the 22-year-old's easy swing made it 2-0. 

Jon Jay stepped in and was promptly hit for the third time in two nights, making it a baker's dozen on the season. 

He would be cut down on a fielder's choice, but Shelby Miller beat the double play throw, leaving men at the corners for Matt Carpenter. 

The leadoff man flared a ball into center field, and Abraham Almonte tried to make the sliding catch to end the inning. Instead, it bounced short, skipping past him for a two-RBI double. 

 

The inning ended when Kolten Wong hit a slow roller to first, but the Birds closed the second up 4-0. 

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