Cards finally get hits off a lefty, but fail to capitalize
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 5: Starter Wade Miley #36 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on June 5, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
(BaseballStL) -- Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Wade Miley had one thing going for him before he took the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.
He’s a left-handed pitcher and using that ‘L’ word at Busch Stadium is as much of a no-no as cursing inside church -- or at all. You might as well be doomed if you do.
The top offense in the National League entered Wednesday with a .221 batting average against lefties, the third-worst in the NL, but for once it improved after facing a left-handed starter.
The Cardinals scattered 11 hits with a walk, but managed only three runs over 6.2 innings against Miley, who faced 29 batters on Wednesday. He allowed 10 hits and three runs in 5.2 innings pitched in his only other start against St. Louis, a 7-2 Cardinals win on May 9, 2012.
Matt Carpenter, who previously had a .242 average against lefties, registered a team-high three hits in four at-bats against Miley and registered another hit off lefty reliever Tony Sipp, and extended his hit streak to 14 games.
There have been only two players on the Cardinals roster to have success with lefties this season: Yadier Molina and Allen Craig. Molina, who has a team-high .310 average, was out of the lineup serving his one-game suspension and Craig, who is second with a .298 average against lefties, went 1-for-3 against Miley.
The Cardinals were able to raise the team batting average against lefties from .221 to .230 after Wednesday’s 12-hit performance.