Greenwood saves bullpen in horrendous loss to Dodgers

Greenwood saves bullpen in horrendous loss to Dodgers

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DENVER, CO - JUNE 24: Relief pitcher Nick Greenwood #62 of the St. Louis Cardinals delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 24, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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by Elizabeth Eisele / BaseballStL | @elizabetheisele

KMOV.com

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 8:30 PM

(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.

Game Log: Defense, Lynn terrible in loss to Dodgers

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.

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