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Game Recap: Who Needs Starters Anyway?

The Bottom Line: Reliever Carlos Martinez threw 4 impressive innings as an emergency replacement for Adam Wainwright, and Nick Greenwood made his major league debut shutting the door on the visiting New York Mets. To power the offense, Matt Holliday went 2 for 4 with his 1,000th career RBI, and Matt Adams continued his torrid streak going 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs.

Carlos Martinez
Carlos Martinez

From the Bullpen: With Adam Wainwright skipping his start because of some elbow soreness, the onus tonight was put on the young, fireball-throwing reliever Carlos Martinez and did he deliver. Martinez went 4 innings allowing only 1 unearned run on two hits to stymie the Mets. He did walk 4 batters, but was able to work around those walks without any damage. Following Martinez was rookie Nick Greenwood making his major league debut. Greenwood was called up yesterday from AAA Memphis and was immediately thrown into the fire tonight. Greenwood proceeded to throw 3 1/3 innings of 2 hit, 1 run baseball preventing the Mets from taking advantage of somewhat of a throw-away game for the Cards. This team is hot right now. Even without their ace, the Redbirds managed to win in impressive fashion, albeit against an abysmal team like the Mets. A win’s a win though.

Matt Adams: This kid is unreal right now. 2 for 4 tonight with an RBI triple (a triple!) from the big first baseman. However, tonight was disappointing compared to the last three days because he didn’t hit a home run. Obviously he should be benched. Sarcasm aside, Adams is the catalyst behind this Cards’ hot streak right now, so we will gladly take whatever his bat produces over the next few days.

Tony Gwynn: Sad news from the baseball world today as one of the greats, Tony Gwynn, died today at 54. Gwynn hit for a career average of .338, and Ted Williams once said that Gwynn was the only man with a shot of hitting .4oo in a season. His son, Tony Gwynn Jr., is an outfielder for the Phillies who the Cards will be playing later this week. You never want to see a great man die so young, but at least he was able to spend one last Father’s Day with his son. Grantland’s Jonah Keri wrote a great piece on the man here, and CSN’s Jim Salisbury wrote an incredible piece on his father-son bond here. Rest in Peace Tony, you will be missed.

Tony Gwynn
Tony Gwynn

What’s Next: The Cards battle the Mets again as Michael Wacha (4-5, 2.88 ERA) faces off against Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.54 ERA).

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