ST. LOUIS – The Cardinals have a saying when they play golf together: "A hole-in-one and I'm back on track." Monday night was Miles Mikolas & # 39; Hole-in-One.
The right-hander threw his second career break when the Cardinals in the Bush Stadium 7-0 against the pirates. It was the
ST. LOUIS – The Cardinals have a saying when they play golf together: "A hole-in-one, and I'm back on track." Monday night was
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Mikolas' last shutout took place on May 21
"Commanding all the way, enforcing his will, all his pitches crisp," Manager said Mike Shildt. "That's all in a nutshell."
After battling 5-9 in the first half, Mikolas used the All-Star break to reset and compare last season's video and tried to beat the All-Star break Guilty for his mediocre finding first half.
What did he find? His account balance on delivery was bad. He fell too much on the first base side. This left his breaking ball in the zone – his slider was hammered for five home runs this season compared to one last year.
The adjustments made by Mikolas worked. He allowed eight hits, but threw himself out of trouble, supported by a vigilant defense. He did not miss and had to endure two three-ball counts all night, one in the first inning and one in the eighth.
"As soon as I came back and started catching Catch in the All-Star Break I'm just concentrating on keeping my head calm and letting my body work around my head," Mikolas said. "Keep everything on the plate, and then carry it out to the bullpen session and then to the game."
Mikolas continued the trend that the starters penetrated deep into the games – a necessary change, while St. Louis struggles to stay in the division race. Cardinals, who started pitchers, scored a 2-0 win with 1.37 ERA (19 2/3 innings, three earned runs) in three games against the D-Backs this weekend after Jack Flaherty made a run with seven innings had denied the last game before the All-Star break.
"That's the recipe we're looking for," Shildt said. "People who come out there and enforce their will. There is a strong mentality that they will exercise and make high quality pitches by the end of the night. Miles did not throw any more tonight because the game was over. "
And Mikolas would have thrown on, too. He needed all the innings he could get to compete against the starters.
"[Adam Wainwright] came the other day and said," Will anyone beat seven [shutout innings]? "We joke together, but we push each other and try to make others better, and seeing a guy succeed will really make you more successful, and I want to do it." That looked like a lot of fun . "
Apart from the friendly competition, the starters set up help St. Louis to assert themselves, and if the Cardinals do not want to miss the postseason for a fourth year in a row, Mikolas will be their starter on the opening day she will signed a four-year extension of $ 68 million – playing a big role in it.
Monday night proved that he's back on track.
"I needed it," Mikolas said It makes me feel good, it's a very tight race, and if you go out there and give us a win and set the tone for this series, we'll be in play a lot here against these guys next week The early tone is huge.
O & Neill Launches Twin Blasts
The left fielder On Monday O & Neilill had his first multi-homer evening in the major leagues with support from Mikolas.
O & Neil is 6-on-12 in his last three games with nine RBIs and three homers. The two homeruns on Monday evening both reached the midfield immediately.
"I got into the cage this morning, working to stay behind and make sure I got the ball right, and it obviously paid off today," said O'Neill. "It just means I'm on time [with my swing]. I think that's the most important part of the beating.
Marcell Ozuna is on the injured list with broken right fingers, and the timetable for his return is bleak. While the Cardinals hope he returns before the end of the month, Ozuna is more likely to return to August, leaving O & Neill plenty of time to exert more influence at the league level.
"I think that's pretty obvious," Shildt said. "You fight like hell [the opportunity] then enjoy it and go play and use your skills. Take the opportunity he gets.
Anne Rogers reports on the Cardinals of MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @anne__rogers and on Facebook