(BaseballStL) – The one bright spot during a disappointing 2-1 loss, their fifth loss in the past seven games, happened in the sixth inning.
Down 2-1 with runners everywhere and no outs, second baseman Daniel Descalso snagged a line drive from Jose Bautista, threw to Jhonny Peralta at second base who threw onto Allen Craig for a 4-6-3 triple play and the danger was eliminated.
“You never really play for the triple play,” Descalso said, “The triple play is the best case scenario and he happened to hit it right at me and got us out of a jam and kept us in the game.”
Mike Matheny joked after the game about appreciating the play.
“The triple play didn’t hurt things.”
The last time the Redbirds had turned a triple play was May 5, 2005 against the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium with Matt Morris on the mound.
Albert Pujols caught a line drive in the second inning, then stepped on first and threw to second to David Eckstein to double off both runners. The Cardinals went on to lose that game 8-3 with Ray King taking the loss.
The result of Friday night’s game was similar, as the Cards fell to the Blue Jays 3-1.