Descalso launches Cards past Padres -

Descalso launches Cards past Padres

(BaseballStL) -- Daniel Descalso may have earned himself more playing time after reaching base in all four at-bats, including a grand slam, in a 10-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

Not known for his hitting, Descalso made heavy contact with his first two hits of the game before blasting a grand slam with one out in the eighth inning off Padres reliever Anthony Bass.

The inning started with strikeout by Matt Holliday, who reached on a wild pitch on the third strike. Allen Craig singled in the next at-bat to move Holliday to second before Yadier Molina grounded out on a failed double play attempt. Bass intentionally walked Jon Jay with runners on second and third to face Descalso, who sent his second home run over the wall in right center field.

The grand slam made it 9-1 in favor of the Cardinals.

Descalso entered the game with a .197 batting average through 76 at-bats this season and received the start at second base with David Freese out for a second consecutive start. Matt Carpenter played third base in Freese’s absence.

He finished the game with five runs batted in and three runs scored, and his batting average rose to .228.

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