The Bottom Line: The Padres managed to land their biggest hit of the night in Jedd Gyorko‘s grand slam just before the heavens poured down sending the game into a delay. After a little over an hour, play resumed, and the Padres promptly added an insurance run to seal their victory. The loss drops the Cardinals to 3 games back in the division.
- Matt Adams went 2 for 4 with an RBI single and a first inning triple to continue his breakout season. Adams’ average now sits at .308, and he has primarily been carrying this offense all season long.
- The other big bat in this lineup, Jhonny Peralta, also went 2 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI.
- Oscar Taveras doubled home a run in the second inning to give the Cards a two run lead at the time.
- Shelby Miller looked like the top of the line pitcher he is for 5 innings tonight, striking out five and limiting the Padres to only four hits, but…
- …he also had one horrendous inning in which he gave up all four hits and allowed four earned runs. Overall, Miller has been a solid starter for this team and has supported this rotation, but he has been prone to surrendering big innings every once in a while when he loses his control. Miller’s six walks did not help his cause and more than likely allowed the Friars to sit on his fastball in that third inning. Regardless, the Cardinals still had a chance to win this one despite Miller’s outing.
- Kevin Siegrist gave up four earned runs on two walks and three hits while recording just two outs. Ugh.
- The top three hitters of the order combined to go 1 for 11 with a walk which is just miserable. That the Cardinals managed to put up five runs despite the lack of production from the top of the order is amazing in itself.
- Jedd Gyorko’s grand slam was only the fourth home run Kevin Siegrist has given up all year. While today’s result was certainly unfortunate, Siegrist has been a quality reliever for the Cards all year and there is no reason for concern.
- The rain delay in the top of the seventh inning lasted 1 hour and 20 minutes before gameplay resumed.
What’s Next: Adam Wainwright (14-7, 2.34 ERA) goes for the Cards tomorrow looking to take the series against the Padres. The game starts at 1:15 CST.