Cardinals beat Reds, set crosshairs on rival Cubs

 

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The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 in dramatic fashion Sunday afternoon. The win secured the third straight series victory in the young season. 

Michael Wacha pitched six innings in his second home start. Two errors allowed two runs to score, but overall Wacha had a good game. He got some good run support as well with home runs from Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter.

On the day Yadier Molina received his 8th consecutive Gold Glove, and 4th Platinum Glove awards, his understudy Eric Fryer put on a show.

Fryer went 3-3 with two RBI, Sunday. He drove in the go-ahead run in the 8th inning and threw out a runner trying to steal second. He’s now 6-6 to start his Cardinals career.

Trevor Rosenthal picked up his third save of the season.

For a look at Sunday’s box score against the Reds, click here.

Now, the Cardinals will set their sights on the Chicago Cubs who will make the trip south for a three game set starting Monday.

The first pitching matchup of the series will see newcomer Mike Leake go up against former Cardinals pitcher, John Lackey. 

Leake has yet to get much going since signing with the Cardinals in the offseason. For Lackey, Monday will be his first game back at Busch Stadium since leaving for the rival Cubs along with outfielder Jason Heyward.

Wacha and Cardinals look to win third straight series

 

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The Cardinals will send Michael Wacha to the mound Sunday against the Cincinnati Reds, as the team tries to win its third straight series in 2016. In his last start against Milwaukee, Wacha pitched a gem. He went a solid six innings, giving up just four hits and seven strikeouts.

The Cardinals will go up against right hander Jon Moscot who’s making his first start of 2016 for Cincinnati.

The Cardinals’ offense has turned things around since a dismal performance in the first series of the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since that time, the team has scored 74 runs and lead the league in runs scored with 81. 

All everyone talked about in the offseason was how great the Cardinals’ pitching was, but the offense wasn’t. The team has proved everyone wrong thus far, but it’s a small sample size.

The Cardinals have to take care of business Sunday to have some momentum heading into a three game series with the Chicago Cubs.

Here’s a look at Sunday’s lineup.

The Cubs come to town starting Monday. The series will mark the return of John Lackey and Jason Heyward to St. Louis since they signed with the Cubs in the offseason. Mike Leake will take the mound in the first game against, you guessed it, John Lackey.

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Cards face off against Marlins in final home fame of spring

 

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The countdown to Opening Day is down to four days, and the Cardinals are ready for their last home game of the spring. The team will face off against the Miami Marlins, a team they share the complex at Roger Dean Stadium with. 

Tuesday’s game was rained out in the top of the 4th, so we’ll scrap that one. But, in the time Adam Wainwright did pitch he was lights out. Nobody scored off of him, and he looked ready to go for the start of the regular season.

Wednesday Michael Wacha will make his final start before the season. If the rotation remains the same as it is now, Wacha will be the number two and will likely start the Cardinals home opener at Busch Stadium on April 11.

Here’s a look at the lineup the Cardinals will put on the field Wednesday against the Marlins. One person of note is Jeremy Hazelbaker. He’ll start in center and bat sixth. Hazelbaker is considered by many as an on the bubble guy to break camp with the big club.

Matt Carpenter (3B)

Stephen Piscotty (RF)

Matt Holliday (LF)

Matt Adams (1B)

Yadier Molina (C)

Jeremy Hazelbaker (CF)

Jedd Gyorko (2B)

Ruben Tejada (SS)

Michael Wacha (RHP)

Wednesday’s game can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05.