The St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Indians played the second game of their 2-game series on Wednesday at St. Louis’ Busch Stadium. The Indians hammered the Cardinals in Game 1 of this series by a score of 10-1.
The St. Louis Cardinals came into Wednesday’s contest with a 31-30 record and sat in third place in the NL Central. They would look to snap their 6-game losing streak against the Indians. Veteran Adam Wainwright got the start for the Cardinals in Game 2 of this series.
The Cleveland Indians came into Wednesday’s contest with a 32-26 record and sat in second place in the AL Central. They would look to build on their momentum from their win in Game 1 of this series on Tuesday. J.C. Mejia got the start for the Indians in Game 2 of this series.
No Shortage of Offense Early On
Neither team wasted anytime getting the bats going on Wednesday at Busch Stadium.
The Indians picked up right where they left off from yesterday’s game, in which they scored 10 runs. Cesar Hernandez started the game with a leadoff double and then Amed Rosario reached base on an infield single. The Indians were poised to do damage early.
An Eddie Rosario double brought in Hernandez and the Indians took an early 1-0 lead. Harold Ramirez would then bring Rosario in via a sacrifice fly and the Indians lead 2-0 in the first. That was all the damage the Indians were able to inflict in the first.
The Cardinals were not going to let the Indians have all the fun in the first inning though, they got their offense going early on as well. Tommy Edman started the game with a double. Nolan Arendao drew a walk and then Tyler O’Neil reached on an infield single to load the bases. Yadier Molina would draw a bases-loaded walk to bring the first run on the board for the Cardinals. Matt Carpenter would then hit a bases-clearing double to put the Cardinals up 4-2.
Indians starter J.C. Mejia was pulled from the game after the Carpenter double.
Both teams were sat down in order in the second inning.
After the Indians had a quiet top half of the third inning, the Cardinals decided to get the bats going again. Arenado hit a ground-rule double to left with one out in the inning. O’Neil then launched a 444-foot home run to deep left field to put the Cardinals up 6-2. The O’Neil homer gave the Cardinals insurance and breathing run early on.
Cardinals Coast to Victory
The Middle innings were quiet in this one. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright did not allow the Indians to get anything going after their big first inning and the Cardinals offense slowed down after their hot start.
Paul Goldschmidt led off the seventh inning with a home run to deep right to extend the Cardinals lead to 7-2. After Arendado fouled out, O’Neil mashed his second homer of the game. O’Neil’s second homer was a 422-foot bomb to deep center and put the Cardinals up 8-2.
Adam Wainwright was pulled from the game in the eighth inning after the Cardinals extended their lead to 6.
The Cardinals were able to coast after the seventh and the Indians didn’t put up much of a fight. The Cardinals bullpen retired six straight between the eighth and ninth innings to secure the 8-2 victory.
The Wrap Up
Despite get roughed up in the first inning, Adam Wainwright had a fantastic game. The Veteran pitched 7 innings, allowed 3 hits, 2 runs, did not walk any batters, and struck out 6. Wainwright did not allow a hit after the first inning.
Indians starter J.C. Mejia did not have a very good outing. Mejia pitched just 2/3 of an inning, allowed 3 hits, 4 runs, walked 2, and struck out 1.
With the win, the Cardinals are now 32-30 but are still in third place in the NL Central. They will look to bring their momentum from their Game 2 victory into their next series against the Cubs in Chicago on Friday. With the loss, the Indians fall to 32-27 and remain in second place in the AL Central. They will look to bounce back in their next series against the Seattle Mariners in Cleveland on Friday.