The Bottom Line: Michael Wacha pitched 6 solid innings, and the bats continued their hot streak even without the resurgence presence of Matt Adams (sort of). Adams did make an appearance as a pinch hitter in the 9th, and he promptly singled, thus bringing his hitting streak since his return to every game he’s played in (all five of them). However, Yadier Molina, Jon Jay, and Matt Holliday were the true heroes of this offense today, going a combined 5 for 13 with 3 RBI’s and hitting for the collective cycle.
Micheal Wacha: After a quick “blip” in the radar, Wacha returned to form tonight allowing one run on five hits with seven strikeouts in 6 impressive innings. This start lowers Wacha’s 2014 ERA to an outstanding 2.79. In other pitching news, Sam Freeman continued his stellar season since his call-up in mid-May throwing 2 innings of no-hit, no-run baseball.
Jon Jay: Manager Mike Matheny’s foresight to move Jon Jay up in the order for tonight’s game now seems prophetic as Jay went 2 for 5 tonight with a triple to power this offense. After an early home run from Yadier Molina, the offense stagnated against Jonathon Niese until Jay’s RBI triple in the bottom of the 5th. Jay then came home to score later in the inning to put the Cards up by two. Since being relegated to a bench player last season, Jay has quietly had a solid rebound season in 2014 in place of the struggling Peter Bourjos. So far this season, Jay is hitting .310/.368/.405 and is a stalwart of this streaking Cards offense.
What’s Next: With the Brewers currently losing against the Diamondbacks, the Cards are poised to move only 2.5 games back in the Central. Tomorrow, Lance Lynn (7-4, 3.16 ERA) looks for the sweep against the Mets and to push the Cards’ winning streak to 6 straight games. He’ll face off against Bartolo Colon (6-5, 4.15 ERA) who has had a shaky season to say the best so far. However, the former Cy Young winner is a always a formidable opponent and should test these Cards’ bats.