Cardinals complete sweep of Braves, record back at .500


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On a day when Adam Wainwright wasn’t very Wainwright like, the Cardinals’ offense scored 12 runs for the second straight game en route to a sweep of the Atlanta Braves. The final from Atlanta: 12-7 in favor of the Cardinals.

Wainwright couldn’t locate many pitches and lasted just 5 innings, gave up 5 runs and tied a career high with 5 walks. However, the offense wasn’t phased by the Braves’ bullpen and scored 5 runs in the 9th inning to secure the win. The Cardinals finished the series with 31 runs after a series in Pittsburgh that had fans scratching their head.

Randal Grichuk had three walks Sunday, which is much better than what he was doing at the plate going into the game. To me it shows he’s seeing the ball better and will eventually come around at the plate.

Matt Carpenter hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot in the 9th. Aledmys Diaz came in the game and hit a two-RBI double as well.

Sueng Hwan Oh had another impressive outing Sunday. He struck out two of the three batters he faced and picked up his first major league win.

The Cardinals will have a happy flight back to St. Louis where they’ll play their first game at home against the Milwaukee Brewers, Monday. The Brewers have been playing tough against the Houston Astros this weekend.



Cardinals go for sweep against Braves


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Adam Wainwright will make his second start of the season Sunday against the team that drafted him, the Atlanta Braves.

Wainwright had a rocky first outing against the Pirates pitching 6 innings and giving up 3 runs off 6 hits. 

The offense has seemed to perk up over the last two games which brought a lot of firsts. Some of those include a record-setting 3 pinch hit home runs and Aledmys Diaz’s first career home run. 

In this series against Atlanta, the Cardinals have out scored their opponent 19-6. It hasn’t been all positive news though, the team continues to have defensive mishaps. As a team they’ve combined for 9 errors in 5 games, which is the most among teams in the National League.

Randal Grichuk, who most pegged as a 30 home run guy this season, has yet to get anything going offensively. In 15 at bats he’s mustered just one hit and has struck out 8 times. 

Grichuk is out of the lineup again Sunday as the red hot rookie Jeremy Hazelbaker will start in his place. Hazelbaker already has two home runs, one of them a pinch hit home run. He’s hitting .400 early on.

Here’s a look at Sunday’s lineup against the Braves:

Matt Carpenter (3B)

Jeremy Hazelbaker (CF)

Stephen Piscotty (RF)

Brandon Moss (LF)

Matt Adams (1B)

Yadier Molina (C)

Kolten Wong (2B)

Greg Garcia (SS)

Adam Wainwright (RHP)

The game will be televised on Fox Sports Midwest. Coverage starts at noon with first pitch scheduled for 12:35.