Game Log: Game ending double play dooms Cards 6-5

Game Log: Game ending double play dooms Cards 6-5

Game Log: Game ending double play dooms Cards 6-5

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by Elizabeth Eisele / BaseballStL | @elizabetheisele

KMOV.com

Posted on July 5, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 5 at 4:49 PM

(BaseballStL) -- Jhonny Peralta gave the Cardinals hope in the ninth, but a game ending double play, similar to the Marlins' Friday night ninth inning, from Yadier Molina doomed the Cardinals to a 6-5 loss.

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Quite game through the last three innings for the Cardinals as Randy Choate and Trevor Rosenthal came in to shut down the top of the Marlins order.

Choate came in the ninth to face just one batter, Christian Yelich, who had hit a homer in in previous at-bat. He would have had his second consecutive hit had Matt Carpenter not stolen a line drive out of the air.

Choates night was done after that one batter and in came Rosenthal to face Donovan Solano and Giancarlp Stanton. Rosenthal allowed a base hit to Solano to bring up the always dangerous Stanton as the go ahead run.

But the young closer pulled the chain on an 86 mph change up to fool Stanton for a strike out to face Casey McGehee.

With a 3-2 count and two outs, McGehee fouled off five pitches before launching the ball out to right to tie the game with an RBI single. 

Sam Freeman entered in relief of Rosenthal and gave up a single into left that defensive replacement Shane Robinson air mailed home, not in time to get McGehee and giving the Marlins a 6-5 lead.

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The Marlins made a big splash in the sixth inning with a 3-run homer as they clawed their way back into the game.

Shelby Miller left the game after getting a ground out to lead the inning, but he allowed back-to-back singles before Mike Matheny signaling his afternoone was over.

Seth Maness relieved Miller and immediately came in and got a fly out, but the next batter, Christian Yelich took Maness 420 feet deep to pull the Marlins within one.

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Running off momentum of Shelby Miller's play in the fourth, the Cardinals scored four runs, with two big homers, to extend their lead over the Marlins to 5-1.

Mark Ellis led off the inning with a single to center and was promptly sacrificed over to second by Miller. With two outs, Matt Holliday took a ball the other way to score Ellis and give the Birds a 2-1 lead.

But it was back-to-back jacks from Allen Craig and Jhonny Peralta that opened up the lead to 5-1. It was the first time all season the Redbirds hit back-to-back home runs.

Yadier Molina continued to hit parade with a single, but Jon Jay grounded out before anymore damage could be done.

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Shelby Miller got himself into a bit of a trouble in the fourth inning after allowing a lead off double and a walk, but a stellar defensive play on a sacrifice bunt kept the score tied at one.

Marcell Ozuna launched one over Peter Bourjos' head and two batters later Miller walked catcher Jeff Mathis to put runners on the corners with just one out.

Starter Andrew Heaney, bunting on the third strike, hit a dinked in between the mound and home plate, Miller in a great display of athleticism, bounced off the mound to dive forward and shoveled the ball to Yadier Molina and got Ozuna out. 

The Marlins asked for a review that ended up being initiated by the umpiring crew chief that confirmed the call on the field. 

Miller then struck out Christian Yelich to end the inning.

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In defense of his pitcher, Yadier Molina singled in the Cardinals first run of the game in their half of the first.

With Matt Holliday's count at 1-2, Marlins starter Andrew Heaney hit Holliday and then issued four straight balls to Allen Craig to give the Cards runners on first and second with one out.

Jhonny Peralta flied out to right on a tough ball for Giancarlo Stanton, but Molina's shot up the middle scored Holliday to tie the game at one.

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Making up for his game ending double play Friday night, Casey McGehee plated the first run for the Miami Marlins against Shelby Miller.

Miller allowed back-to-back hits to the first two batters he saw. Then by some miracle, the Cardinals didn't allow Giancarlo Stanton to hurt them by popping out foul to Yadier Molina.

But McGehee wouldn't be denied and gave the Marlins an early one run lead.

Miller was able to limit the runs to just one by getting another foul out and a ground ball to leave two runners stranded.

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