The Bottom Line: The Cards took the lead in the top of the top of the 1st and never gave it up again, despite the Orioles persistent rallying. Peter Bourjos hit a three-run homer to put the game out of reach in the top of the 9th and Lance Lynn pitched well enough to earn the win.
- The Cardinals’ offense truly came alive tonight for 17 hits, and everyone contributed to the run barrage. Only Tony Cruz failed to get a hit of the starters, and six different Cardinals had RBI’s in today’s game.
- Pat Neshek pitched 2 innings of no-hit baseball in relief of Kevin Siegrist. Neshek has truly been lights out all season and has anchored a sometimes shaky bullpen for the Cards.
- Kolten Wong continued his hot streak with a 4 for 5 day and two runs scored. Wong looks to be heating up for the stretch run and is now making John Mozeliak’s decision not to add an infield bat look smart.
- Lance Lynn did not have his best stuff this afternoon but still earned the win. This Cardinals’ pitching staff that has been the staple of this team’s success looked shaky the entire series with the O’s. They’ll need to get it figured out soon if the Cards are to make the playoffs.
- Randy Choate failed to do the one job he has and let Nick Markakis drive in a run in the 6th. Bad day for the Cards’ LOOGY.
- Mike Matheny actually one a challenge in today’s game. No really, he did. I know, I was just as surprised as you are. Double bonus; Orioles’ manager Buck Showalter was thrown out arguing the overturned call. Simply everything went the Cardinals’ way today.
- The Cardinals could have had way more runs in the top of the 1st if not for Matt Adams trying to score on an Oscar Taveras‘ line drive to center field. Why anyone thought Matt Adams was fast enough to score is beyond my comprehension.
- Orioles’ catcher Caleb Joeseph failed to extend his home run streak, ending it at five.
What’s Next: Shelby Miller (8-8, 3.99 ERA) pitches for the Cardinals tomorrow night in the opener of the Marlins’ series. Miami is coming off of a series win in Cincinnati, but a loss in the Sunday finale.