Game Log: Cardinals beat Giants 2-0 in rain-soaked contest

Game Log: Cardinals beat Giants 2-0 in rain-soaked contest

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Game Log: Cardinals beat Giants 2-0 in rain-soaked contest

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

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Posted on May 31, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Updated Saturday, May 31 at 4:24 PM

(BaseballStL) — Two runs would be enough to outlast the MLB-best Giants, as Trevor Rosenthal came on in the ninth for his sixteenth save. 

San Francisco went down in order, as the laser-armed righty struck out the side to close out the contest and give the Cardinals their 30th win. 

Oscar Taveras likely takes Player of the Game honors, smacking his first MLB homer to give the Cardinals the lead way back in the fifth, while Michael Wacha gets an honorable mention for his six-inning, seven strikeout performance. 

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The Cardinals offense picked up another run in the seventh, after Allen Craig led off with a single. Yadier Molina and Oscar Taveras struck out to follow, but Craig stole second for his first nabbed base of the season. 

The Jhonny Peralta followed the twin Ks with a gap double into left center scoring Craig. Jon Jay was walked intentionally to follow, and pitch hitter Randal Grichuk made it three strikeouts to end the inning. 

The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead into the eighth. 

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A second rain delay was enough to push Wacha from the game, asthe St. Louis starter had to deal with more than 90 minutes of stoppage combined. He turned in a great outing going six innings on XX pitches and striking out seven. 

Sam Freeman entered in his place, striking out two in a 16-pitch inning.

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It took two at bats, but Big O showed St. Louis what they had waited so long to see. In the bototm of the fifth, the young outfielder turned on a 1-0 pitch from Giants starter Yusmeiro Petit and deposited it 418 feet over the wall in right. 

After Matt Carpenter reached on a single the previous inning, extending his hitting streak to 13 games, the Cardinal offense started to show some life. Yadier Molina led off the fifth with a lined shot to the wall, but Hunter Pence ran it down on the track to keep the catcher off base. 

Taveras stepped in with one at but under his belt, and the rain rolled in with him. As the big lefty swung, the skies opened up. 

After trotted the bags in the rain, he came out for a curtain call. Moments later, the game entered a rain delay. 

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Saturday at Busch began as a pitching-centric affair despite all the excitement about St. Louis’ newest bat. 

The only hid of the day came from San Francisco outfielder Michael Morse, who hit a ball down the line and legged out a double. 

Other than that, a hard-hit ball has been hard to come by. 

The Giants went down in order in the first, and a hit batsman was there only runner in the third. The Cardinals haven’t done much better, going down 1-2-3 in every inning. 

Oscar Taveras’ debut at bat produced a soft liner to left, and Yadier Molina lined out to short in front of him for the two hardest hit balls of the day. 

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