(BaseballStL) – As Cardinals starter Lance Lynn threw just two total innings Saturday, manager Mike Matheny called upon recent call-up Nick Greenwood to manage the game as the Redbirds trailed 7-1 and Greenwood answered Matheny’s call while saving the bullpen from a potentially long day.
In Friday night’s win, the Cardinals used Seth Maness (2.1 innings), Sam Freeman, Pat Neshek (1.0 inning) and Trevor Rosenthal (1.0 inning) in relief of Carlos Martinez. And with six more innings to throw, the bullpen could have been in a tough situation.
But Greenwood threw 4.0 innings, from the third on and didn’t allow a run over his three hits allowed and a strike out. Eating up those innings gives Matheny options as Sunday’s starter Shelby Miller and Monday’s Marco Gonzalez might need a great deal of support from the bullpen.
The 26-year-old was called up on June 15 and made his first appearance the next day, earning his first victory in relief of Martinez against the New York Yankees. Since his MLB debut, Greenwood has thrown 11.0 innings while giving up four earned runs. He has a WHIP of 1.429 and for his small amount of innings, he has a -0.1 WAR.
Eric Fontanaro pitched the final two innings in the 9-1 loss to the Dodgers. The Cardinals may need to option someone to Memphis (AAA) with the need of fresh arms in the bullpen.