The Cardinals announced start-up pitching manager Mike Shildt they needed when veteran Adam Wainwright entered the seventh inning and only two runs on Wednesday allowed the fourth. The bullpen, another strength, was impeccable.
The Cardinals had no base with Snafus because they did not have many base runners. Only one crossed the third base and only two reached the second place.
The offensively challenged Cardinals defeated the Oakland A & # 39; s with just four singles and a brace 2-0, before Busch Stadium sold out with 44,871
Wainwright started for the Cardinals for the 300th time – he is the fifth Cardinal to do so – and was touched only for Homer by Beau Taylor in the fourth and Matt Chapman in the seventh. Wainwright, who had not allowed Homer in his last 22/23 innings, prevailed at around nine and gave Taylor his only move in front of the pitcher.
"Really strong outing from & # 39; Waino & # 39 ;," said Shildt.
But what the cardinals needed was the lineup in Memphis.
Right-hander Daniel Mengden, who only rose from the AAA class in Las Vegas on Wednesday, only scored four goals in six innings. His last appearance in Las Vegas had been in Memphis eleven days ago, where the Redbirds had tied him in 4 1/3 innings for five runs.
"He made pitches," said Shildt, who had seen Mengden a few times for Nashville years ago, when Shildt made it to Memphis. "The ones he did not do that we did no harm to."
Shildts offensive juggling at the head of the cast led to singles in the first and third inning of rookie leadoff man Tommy Edman, who also played well the field on the third base and "will get more opportunities," Shildt said.
But Paul Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong, who returned to their original No. 2 and 3 in order, did not matter, one in eight – a single by Goldschmidt. But Goldschmidt struck in his other three bats and DeJong snorted twice in four appearances.
"I feel like (Mengden) an American League-style pitcher," DeJong said. "He has increased the speed. We're more of a fast-beating team and the teams seem to adapt to us.
For Shildt, that was a simple problem.
"We could not put together a consistent battle. It really matters, "Shildt said. "It's about hits. And at the end of the day, it's about scoring runs.
Oakland was without the top two pitchers – nine-game winner Frankie Montas, who serves an 80-game PED lock, and the tighter Blake Treinen has a strained right shoulder. The Bullpen of the A, which was not considered deep, has hidden the Cardinals in two nights for 8 2/3 innings.
"We did not have much action out there today," Shildt said.
"She" If you do not run, you will not win, "Goldschmidt added.
Wainwright (5-7) said, "I had very good stuff today. But they had some good swings. When 0: 2 to the catcher (Taylor) I try to go up. I did not know much about these guys. We did not have much movie about (Taylor), but I'm pretty sure he's a good fastball hitter. You live and you learn.
"Then the big field for Chapman – that's not exactly the place I want to throw it in. I threw him a lot of shattering balls, I threw him three times in a row, the other day he pushed a shifter up close and that Guy threw 98 miles an hour and hit him about 7000 feet so I know he's a very talented player. "
Wainwright was unaware that the start was a milestone, but knew something was wrong, when catcher Yadier Molina threw the ball out of play after the first field.
"That was a beautiful ball with great stitching and I wonder," What did you do that for? "" Now I know it makes more sense ", Wainwright said, "It's an honor to be able to play baseball that long and have so many starts."
Wainwright seems to have more in his tank than his skeptics thought and throws 150km / h to the last pitch a recent 126e r Rope length excursion against Chicago.
"I keep telling these people all the time, 'You can not be an old player if you're not a good player. & # 39; Cardinals, "Wainwright said.
In his last six starts, he passed the 100-Pitch mark for the third time. Pitch # 105, a curveball for Chapman, led to Chapman's 19th Homer over the fence of the left field.
That was the end of the scoring and the Cardinals went into the night after having played solidly from the ground up but had not caused much excitement as they did not do well with men in the scorer position for three and had no big odds of winning.
"(You) want to stay positive, but at the same time you need that urgency," said Wainwright. "There's a fine line … one day our team will just go nuts and go crazy, I can not wait, it's going to be great."
Shildt asked how the club could handle more quality bats, and said changing the staff would not make much of a difference.
"We also know that there is no guarantee," Shildt said, "which is crazy." What else can we do if quality does not work for bats? "Angry, I have no answer to that."
"The fact is that there is nothing. But we have to take more. And our boys know that. We have to do it better. That's only clear. We have to find a way to get more runs on the board. If we do that, watch out. We have more than proven that. We just have to do it.
"And," said Shildt meaningfully, "acts say more than words."