(BaseballStL) — As has happened a few times with the Cardinals this season, the club responded with an impressive and promising stretch after threatening to send followers into a deep depression.
The final two games in Toronto were an exciting flash following the team's lackluster slide back to .500 ball. Shelby Miller stood tall opposite MLB wins leader Mark Buerhle (10-2), taking a goose egg 105 pitches for a complete game shutout.
It was a tenuous 1-0 advantage he protected until Buerhle exited the game and the Cardinals piled on four more in the eighth.
As an encore, Jaime Garcia tossed seven shutout innings while allowing three hits, and St. Louis picked up their five runs early to cruise past the Blue Jays on getaway day.
Tuesday, The Cardinals hope to continue their streak of opposing zeroes as Adam Wainwright takes the ball in search of his ninth win.
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Baseball is a peculiar game, and as such nothing is guaranteed, but there couldn’t be a better candidate to get shut out than the Tampa Bay offense.
The Rays are coming off two losses without a run, and going back to the game before that, they have 19 scoreless innings on the ledger.
Sunday’s game was particularly cruel, as the Rays struck out 15 times in seven innings against Felix Hernandez, then gave up five runs in the top of the ninth to lose 5-0.
They are the worst team in baseball at 24-40, and don’t have a single hitter with at least 50 at bats above .282 (James Loney). The next guy after that is at .267.
1) Matt Carpenter, 3B
2) Kolten Wong, 2B
3) Matt Holliday, DH
4) Allen Craig, 1B
5) Yadier Molina, C
6) Oscar Taveras, RF
7) Jhonny Peralta, SS
8) Jon Jay, LF
9) Peter Bourjos, CF