The Bottom Line: In front of a standing-room-only crowd for Father’s Day, Matt Adams homered for the third straight day and Jaime Garcia pitched another gem as the Cards finished a home sweep of the Nationals, 5-2.
Big City Blast: Matt Adams crushed a two-run homer to right field in the 2nd inning, his third homer in as many days. Who was the last Cardinals player to achieve that feat? That would be Carlos Beltran, who homered in three consecutive games against the Phillies in April 2013. Since coming back from the DL on Friday, Adams has been the difference maker for the Cards. He had two game-winning hits in this series, and he homered three times in eight at bats. To put that into perspective, Adams only homered three times in 194 at bats to start this season.
Bats Come Alive: Along with Adams’ long ball, Matt Holliday crushed a solo homer, his 5th of the season, to left-center field in the bottom of the third. After Kolten Wong hustled his way to a triple to lead off the fifth, Holliday earned his 2nd RBI of the day with a sac fly. Allen Craig added an insurance run when he hit a two-out RBI double to make it 5-1 in the seventh.
The Cardinals relative explosion on offense is even more impressive considering whom they faced on the mound today. Doug Fister (5-2 record) had recorded a win in his past five starts, a stretch in which he had not allowed more than two earned runs per game. Yet today, the Cards torched Fister for four runs on seven hits in his six innings of work. How did the Cards do it? They took advantage of Fister’s primary weakness: the long ball. Fister had allowed 6 HRs in just 43.2 innings pitched coming in to the game, and he allowed two more today.
Pitching: Garcia (3-0 record) had another exceptional performance on the mound against a Nationals team that was hitting .286 against left-handed pitching. Last Sunday, Garcia shutout the Bluejays by throwing seven innings and surrendering only three hits. Today, Garcia pitched another seven innings and allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks. Trevor Rosenthal obtained his 20th save after working out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth. In total, the Cardinals held the Nationals to just three runs in the entire series.
What’s Next: The Cards (37-32) host the Mets (31-38) tomorrow at 7:10 CST to kick off a three-game series. Wainwright will miss his scheduled start due to precautionary reasons, so bullpen pitcher Carlos Martinez (0-3, 4.67 ERA) is expected to start against Jacob deGrom (0-3, 344 ERA).