Thursday, April 19, 2018

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB 4-18-18: David Freese Doubles, Walks, & Drives In Two Runs; David Peralta Collects Three Singles & One RBI; Aledmys Diaz Singles & Knocks In One Run

David Freese (former St. Louis-Pittsburgh) started at third base and batted fifth.  1-for-4 with one double, two RBIs, one run, one walk, and one strikeout.

Pittsburgh beat Colorado 10-2

Stephen Piscotty (former St. Louis-Oakland) started in right field and batted eighth.  2-for-6 with one double, two runs, one walk, and three strikeouts.

Oakland beat Chicago-A 12-11 in 14 innings

Jon Jay (former St. Louis-Kansas City) started as designated hitter and batted leadoff.  2-for-5 with one run and one strikeout.
Ian Kennedy (former 2003 draft selection-Kansas City) started and pitched five innings.  He allowed eight hits, six runs (four earned), two home runs, three walks, and struck six out for the losing decision (1-2).  (p-s:106-62)(g/f:6-2)

Randal Grichuk (former St. Louis-Toronto) started in right field and batted seventh.  0-for-4 with one run, one hit by pitch, and one strikeout.
Aledmys Diaz (former St. Louis-Toronto) started at shortstop and batted eighth.  1-for-5 with one RBI, one run, one strikeout, and one fielding error.

Toronto beat Kansas City 15-5

Matt Belisle (former St. Louis-Cleveland) entered in the 14th and pitched one inning.  He allowed three hits, one earned run, and one home run for the blown save (1).  (p-s:13-11)(g/f:2-0)

Zach Duke (former St. Louis-Minnesota) entered in the tenth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, one intentional walk, and struck one out.  (p-s:16-12)(g/f:1-1)

Minnesota beat Cleveland 2-1 in 16 innings

Edubray Ramos (former VSL-Philadelphia) entered in the seventh adn pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed one hit, one earned run, one home run, and struck two out.  (p-s:24-16)(g/f:2-0)

Peter Bourjos (former St. Louis-Atlanta) entered late in the game in left field and batted sixth.  0-for-1 at the plate.

Atlanta beat Philadelphia 7-3

David Peralta (former Johnson City-Arizona) started in left field and batted leadoff.  3-for-5 with one RBI.
Daniel Descalso (former St. Louis-Arizona) started at third base and batted fifth.  1-for-4 with one walk and assisted in one double play.
Fernando Salas (former St. Louis-Arizona) entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:18-12)(g/f:1-0)

San Francisco beat Arizona 4-3 in 10 innings

Albert Pujols (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one strikeout.

Boston beat Anaheim 9-0

Mike Leake (former St. Louis-Seattle) started and pitched six innings.  He allowed seven hits, five earned runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck seven out for the losing decision (2-1).  (p-s:84-54)(g/f:5-2)

Houston beat Seattle 7-1

Luis Perdomo (former Palm Beach-San Diego) started and pitched three innings.  He allowed ten hits, nine runs (seven earned), one home run, two walks, and struck four out for the losing decision (1-2).  One walk at the plate.  (p-s:79-49)(g/f:79-49)(g/f:2-2)

Los Angeles beat San Diego 13-4

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Paul DeJong Needs A Readjustment

On Tuesday night, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the rival Cubs 5-3. In the process, Paul DeJong went 1-5 with a home run and four strikeouts, raising his wRC+ from 115 to 120 and his strikeout rate from 41.0% to 43.9%. A 120 wRC+ is very good; striking out nearly half the time is very bad.

Birds On The Black

Braves Mum, But Hopeful, After Freddie Freeman X-Ray

Freddie Freeman created a scare as he walked off the field much like he had last season when a pitch fractured his left wrist. But early indications created reason to believe the Braves' first baseman might have avoided another significant injury.

Atlanta Official Site

Jose Martinez Is One Of The Good Guys

Jose Martinez, the effervescent first baseman, is among the league leaders in smiles. And he just thwacks with his hacks. So here are 38 fun reasons to enjoy the Cardinals’ No. 38.

Hochman

After Flexing His Power At Triple-A Memphis, Tyler O'Neill Joins Cardinals At Wrigley

By the time he got to Wrigley Field from the airport Wednesday morning, outfielder Tyler O’Neill was operating, he guessed, on about 30 minutes of sleep.

Post-Dispatch

Evan Longoria Hammers Home Run Coming Off Ankle Injury

Evan Longoria continued to show signs of his offensive thaw during Wednesday night's Giants-Diamondbacks encounter, clobbering a sixth-inning, two-run homer to open the scoring.

San Francisco Official Site

Rafael Devers Delvers First Career Slam For Red-Hot Red Sox

The Red Sox had another offensive outburst in Southern California on Wednesday night as Rafael Devers belted his first career grand slam to cap a five-run third inning in a 9-0 win over the Angels at Angel Stadium.

Boston Official Site

With Two Home Runs, Ryan Zimmerman Has Passed Todd Zeile On The All-Time List To Become The 'Z' Homer King

In the first inning of Wednesday night's game against the Mets, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run home run. It was the 253rd of his career and moved him into a tie for 219th on the all-time home run list with Larry Doby, Joe Gordon, Andre Thornton and Todd Zeile.

Cut4

Yoan Moncada's First Career Slam Highlights Big Effort

No need to worry -- it looks like Yoan Moncada is back.

Chicago-A Official Site

Angels Still Optimistic Shohei Ohtani Will Make Next Start

One day after Shohei Ohtani exited his start against the Red Sox with a blister on his right hand, the Angels remained optimistic that the 23-year-old two-way phenom will be able to make his next start on the mound.

Anaheim Official Site

Chase Headley Adjusting To Decreased Playing Time

The Padres traded for Chase Headley in December, fully expecting him to serve as their regular third baseman. According to plan, Headley started on Opening Day. He hasn't done much of it since.

San Diego Official Site

Palm Beach Beat Bradenton 11-1: Andy Young Singles Three Times, Homers, & Drives In Three Runs; Evan Kruczynski Strikes Out Nine & Allows One Run Over Six Innings For The Win; Stefan Trosclair Doubles, Walks, & Hits A Two-Run Homer

Individual Highlights:
Kramer Robertson started at shortstop and batted leadoff.  1-for-3 with one RBI, one walk, one sac fly, and one strikeout.
Evan Mendoza started at third base and batted third.  1-for-4 with one double, one run, one walk, one strikeout, and two fielding errors.
Johan Mieses started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  2-for-4 with one home run, two RBIs, three runs, one walk, and two strikeouts.
Stefan Trosclair started at first base and batted fifth.  2-for-4 with one double, one home run, two RBIs, two runs, one walk, and one strikeout.
Andy Young started at second base and batted sixth.  4-for-5 with two home runs, three RBIs (two w/two-outs), and three runs.
J.B. Woodman started in right field and batted seventh.  1-for-4 with one run, one walk, two strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.
Shane Billings started in left field and batted eighth.  1-for-4 with one RBI, one run, and one strikeout.
Jose Godoy started at catcher and batted ninth.  1-for-3 with one RBI, one hit by pitch, and threw out one of two base runners.
Evan Kruczynski started and pitched six innings.  He allowed three hits, one earned run, one walk, one balk, and struck nine out for the winning decision (1-0).  (p-s:89-63)(g/f:7-3)
Jason Zgardowski entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck three out.  (p-s:21-13)
Yeison Medina entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:14-9)(g/f:2-1)
Will Latcham entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits, no runs, and struck two out.  (p-s:22-17)

Rough Outing:
Chase Pinder started in centerfield and batted second.  0-for-5 with one ground into double play.

Boxscore

Inbox: Evaluating Greg Holland's Early Struggles

With the Cardinals and Cubs postponed for the second time in three days, now is as good a time as any to tackle your most pressing Cardinals questions.

St. Louis Official Site

Dodgers Placed Rich Hill On The Ten-Day Disabled List

Los Angeles Official Twitter

Discomfort Slowing Anthony Swarzak's Rehab Timeline

Lingering oblique discomfort has prompted Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak to pause his throwing program, also putting a trip to Florida on hold.

New York-N Official Site

Peoria @ Quad Cities Postponed Wednesday, Make-Up Game Set For May

The game between the Peoria Chiefs and Quad Cities River Bandits scheduled for Wednesday night in Iowa has been postponed. The game will be made up when the Chiefs return to Modern Woodmen Park May 25-28.
Peoria Official Site

The Peoria Chiefs game against the Quad Cities River Bandits on Wednesday was postponed because of inclement weather.
Peoria Journal Star

Yankees Re-Signed Adam Lind To Minors Deal

Chris Cotillo Twitter

Matt Wieters Dealing With Sore Wrist

Chelsea Janes Twitter

Mariners Optioned Ariel Miranda To Triple-A Tacoma

Seattle PR Official Twitter

Peoria Starting Lineup 4-18-19

Peoria Official Twitter

Max Schrock Needs To Replace Kolten Wong

The St. Louis Cardinals need to take deep consideration into replacing their MLB second baseman with the one showing better numbers in AAA.

Redbird Rants

Josh Donaldson Still Not Ready To Return To Blue Jays Lineup

The Blue Jays will have to survive without Josh Donaldson for a little while longer.

Toronto Official Site

Eric Thames Stays Red Hot With Home Run In Brewers Win

Sitting in the bullpen with time to kill in the early innings, do Brewers relievers kick around ideas about how they would attack Eric Thames when he's rolling like this?

Milwaukee Official Site

Should The Cardinals Consider A Six-Man Rotation?

Add the Cardinals rotation to the list of pleasant 2018 surprises thus far, as what was looked upon as a major question mark has shown up in big ways on the young season.

101 ESPN

Cole Hamels Starts Off Well, Can't Overcome Three-Run Sixth

Cole Hamels' tendency in his first four starts had been to struggle early and get better as the game progressed. The reverse proved true on Wednesday in the Rangers' 4-2 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Texas Official Site

Memphis @ Omaha Postponed For Wednesday, Doubleheader Set For 4-19-18

Omaha Official Twitter

Charlie Blackmon Proves To Be Capable No.3 Hitter

It's not clear if the experiment with Charlie Blackmon batting third in the Rockies' order will continue when they face the Cubs on Friday night, with the lineup in flux. But Blackmon has shown he can handle it if the club needs it.

Colorado Official Site

Miguel Cabrera Lasers A Home Run On 35th Birthday

Miguel Cabrera tends to hit especially well on his birthday. The Tigers slugger celebrated turning 35 on Wednesday with his 464th career home run, a sixth-inning solo homer and a 6-5 win over the Orioles at Comerica Park.

Detroit Official Site

Braves Recalled Jesse Biddle From Triple-A Gwinnett

Atlanta Official Twitter

Why Should The Cardinals Bat Matt Carpenter Leadoff? History Makes The Compelling Case.

When Matt Carpenter was the St. Louis Cardinals' leadoff man, he sure looked like he'd eventually be the perfect No. 3 hitter.

Belleville News Democrat

Braves Signed Jose Bautista To Minors Deal

Jon Heyman Twitter

An Early Season Salute To The Cardinals' Real Closer: Bud Norris

When the Cardinals signed Bud Norris to a one-year contract for the low-price salary of $3 million, it seemed like a good-value deal. No one was confusing Norris with, say, Max Scherzer. But the Norris addition provided the 2018 staff with a flexible piece that could fit any need.

101 ESPN

Ryan Braun Dealing With Left Calf Injury

Adam McCalvy Twitter

Expect The Cardinals To Make Big Changes To This Team - And Soon

Are you worried about the St. Louis Cardinals with Dexter Fowler, Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong struggling to hit their weight?

Cheap Seats

Tyler O'Neill Expected To Join Cardinals

Tyler O'Neill's scorching hot start lifted him all the way to the Majors.
St. Louis Official Site

The Cardinals won't make the move official until Thursday morning, sometime before game time, but one of the hottest-hitting sluggers in the minors has arrived from Class AAA Memphis.
Bird Land

The Major Leagues will soon know what the Minors have known for quite some time. Tyler O'Neill has some serious power.
MiLB Official Site

Why The Cardinals Win Over The Cubs Was Their Best Of 2018

When you take into account the conditions, opponent, and things went wrong or could have gone wrong, this was simply a well-played game.

KSDK

The Story Behind Jacob Patterson's Unique Pitching Delivery

While everyone in the stands at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium can watch in amazement at Jacob Patterson's windup on the mound, the first year Palm Beach Cardinal can't see a single one of them until the ball leaves his hand.

Palm Beach Official Site

Rick Hummel On The Morning After 4-18-18

Inside STL

Former Cardinals Playing In KBO 4-18-18: Jamie Romak Singles, Doubles, & Hits A Two-Run Homer



Xavier Scruggs (former St. Louis-NC) started at first base and batted fourth.  0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

NC beat Nexen 1-0

Jamie Romak (former Memphis-SK) started at first base and batted fourth.  3-for-5 with one double, one home run, two RBIs, two runs, and one strikeout.

SK beat KT 8-3

Cardinals @ Cubs Postponed For Wednesday, Game Moved To For 4-19-18

Nature interfered with the Cardinals-Cubs series once again Wednesday, as inclement weather forced the two teams to postpone the game until Thursday at Wrigley Field.
St. Louis Official Site

As much trouble as the Cardinals had at Wrigley Field last season, at least they were able to play games there.
Cardinal Beat

Wednesday afternoon's game between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field has been postponed due to the forecast for inclement weather throughout the day.
KMOX

Rick Ankiel On Cat Chat 4-18-18

Cat Chat Twitter

Stan Musial, Ty Cobb: A San Francisco Treat

Displaying mutual respect, Ty Cobb and Stan Musial met on the field before the first regular-season game between the Giants and Cardinals in San Francisco.

RetroSimba

Germany Replaces Curacao At Honkbalweek Haarlem 2018

The German national team is going to replace Curacao at the Honkbalweek Haarlem 2018.

Mister Baseball

Greg Holland's Struggles Open Door For Bud Norris

The Cardinals are calling what Greg Holland is going through a "Spring Training phase."

St. Louis Official Site

Eric Hosmer Homer Sparks Two-Run Rally Vs. Kenley Jansen

When the Padres signed Eric Hosmer to a franchise-record eight-year deal during the offseason, they surely envisioned him hitting majestic home runs into the San Diego night.

San Diego Official Site

Former Cardinals Draft Selections Playing In College 4-17-18: Adam Kerner Doubles & Drives In Two Runs; Cade Cabbiness Hits A Solo Home Run; Jeremy Ydens Singles & Doubles



Cade Cabbiness (former 2016 draft selection-Oklahoma St) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted eighth.  1-for-1 with one home run, one RBI, and one run.

Oral Roberts beat Oklahoma St 10-5

Adam Kerner (former 2017 draft selection-San Diego) started and moved to second base, batting sixth.  1-for-5 with one double, two RBIs, and one strikeout.

San Diego beat Cal St Fullerton 10-4

Matt Vierling (former 2015 draft selection-Notre Dame) started at third base and moved to first, batting fourth.  1-for-4 with one strikeout.

Indiana beat Notre Dame 3-0

Jeremy Ydens (former 2016 draft selection-UCLA) started in left field and batted leadoff.  2-for-4 with one double, one strikeout, and one caught stealing.

UC Irvine beat UCLA 8-1

After All The Stops & Starts To This Season, Cardinals Begin Reality Check For Cubs

Cubs manager Joe Maddon wore a blue hooded sweatshirt and rubbed the white whiskers on his chin as he listened to the first question: How was your winter vacation?

The Athletic

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB 4-17-18: Stephen Piscotty Collects Two Doubles & Three RBIs; David Peralta & Albert Pujols Each Single & Drive In One Run; John Axford Strikes Out One Over Two Scoreless Innings



Jon Jay (former St. Louis-Kansas City) started in left field and batted leadoff.  1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Blaine Boyer (former St. Louis-Kansas City) entered in the sixth and pitched to seven batters.  He allowed four hits, six runs (two earned), one home run, and one intentional walk.  (p-s:23-16)(g/f:1-1)
Aledmys Diaz (former St. Louis-Toronto) started at shortstop and batted seventh.  2-for-4 with one run, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.
Randal Grichuk (former St. Louis-Toronto) started in right field and batted eighth.  2-for-4 with one double, one home run, three RBIs, and two runs.
Jaime Garcia (former St. Louis-Toronto) started and pitched five innings.  He allowed eight hits, three earned runs, two home runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck five out for the winning decision (2-0).  (p-s:86-51)(g/f:3-2)
Seung-Hwan Oh (former St. Louis-Toronto) entered in the sixth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out for the hold (1).  (p-s:19-14)(g/f:2-0)
John Axford (former St. Louis-Toronto) entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:25-19)(g/f:2-1)

Toronto beat Kansas City 11-3 in game one of doubleheader

Jon Jay (former St. Louis-Kansas City) started in left field and batted leadoff.  2-for-4 with one double, one run, one walk, and one hit by pitch.

Aledmys Diaz (former St. Louis-Toronto) started at shortstop and batted sixth.  0-for-3 with one run, two walks (one intentional), and one strikeout.
Randal Grichuk (former St. Louis-Toronto) started in right field and batted seventh.  0-for-3 with one run, one walk, and two strikeouts.

Toronto beat Kansas City 5-4 in 10 innings in game two of doubleheader

Kyle Barraclough (former Springfield-Miami) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck two out.  (p-s:21-13)(g/f:1-0)

Miami beat New York-A 9-1

Peter Bourjos (former St. Louis-Atlanta) entered late in the game in left field and batted ninth.  0-for-1 with one walk and one strikeout.
Sam Freeman (former St. Louis-Atlanta) entered in the seventh and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, two walks, and struck one out.  (p-s:20-10)(g/f:2-0)(ir-s:1-0)

Philadelphia beat Atlanta 5-1 in 10 innings

Jason Heyward (former St. Louis-Chicago-N) started in right field and moved to center, batting eighth.  1-for-4 with one RBI.
Steve Cishek (former St. Louis-Chicago-N) entered in the fifth and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed two hits, no runs, one walk, and struck two out.  (p-s:25-17)(g/f:2-0)(ir-s:2-0)

St. Louis beat Chicago-N 5-3

David Peralta (former Johnson City-Arizona) started in left field and batted leadoff.  1-for-4 with one two-out RBI and three strikeouts.
Daniel Descalso (former St. Louis-Arizona) started at third base and batted fifth.  0-for-3 with one strikeout.

Arizona beat San Francisco 1-0

Stephen Piscotty (former St. Louis-Oakland) started in right field and batted eighth.  2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBIs (two w/two-outs), one run, and one sac fly.

Oakland beat Chicago-A 10-2

Albert Pujols (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  1-for-3 with one two-out RBI, one strikeout, and was ejected in the sixth inning.

Boston beat Anaheim 10-1

Luke Gregerson Returns To Uncertain Role In Cardinals' Collection Of Closers; Changing Starters, Looks; Yadier Molina Scores Naming Rights; Extra Bases

Upon his return home Sunday night, Chicago kid Luke Gregerson had a chance to see some cousins and have dinner with one of his sisters, but he couldn’t stay at his offseason home because he’s rented it out to one of the Cubs’ coaches. So, he had to relocate.

Post-Dispatch

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Former Cardinals Playing In The Mexican League 4-17-18: Daric Barton Collects Two Singles, One Double, & Three RBIs; Rainel Rosario Singles, Homers, & Drives In Two Runs; Cedric Hunter Singles & Knocks In Two Runs



Rainel Rosario (former Springfield-Saltillo) started as designated hitter and batted third.  2-for-5 with one home run, two RBIs, and one run.

Ivan Bellazetin (former MiLB tryout-Dos Laredos) started at second base and batted second.  1-for-4 with one home run, one two-out RBI, one run, one walk, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.
Nestor Molina (former MiLB signing-Dos Laredos) started and pitched five innings.  He allowed nine hits, eight runs (seven earned), and struck four out for the losing decision (2-1).  (p-s:66-48)(g/f:10-0)

Saltillo beat Dos Laredos 10-5

Cedric Hunter (former Memphis-Leon) started in right field and batted fifth.  1-for-5 with two RBIs (one w/two-outs).
Niko Vasquez (former Springfield-Leon) started at second base and batted sixth.  0-for-4 with one walk, one interference error, and assisted in two double plays.

Quintana Roo beat Leon 12-6

Luis Garcia (former New Haven-Oaxaca) started at first base and batted fifth.  1-for-4 and assisted in one double play.

Tabasco beat Oaxaca 6-1

Daric Barton (former Peoria-Puebla) started at first base and batted third.  3-for-3 with one double, three two-out RBIs, two runs, three walks, and assisted in one double play.

Pedro Rodriguez (former MiLB signing-Campeche) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed three hits, one earned run, and struck one out for the blown save (2).  (p-s:23-12)(g/f:1-1)

Puebla beat Campeche 11-6 in 10 innings

Francisco Rivera (former Palm Beach-Laguna) started in left field and batted seventh.  1-for-2 with one double, one walk, and one hit by pitch.

Tijuana beat Laguna 9-0

Video: Adam Wainwright After Cardinals Beat Cubs

Fox Sports Midwest Twitter

Johnny Cueto Dazzles As Giants Fall, Avoid Being No-Hit

Having participated in two superb pitching performances Tuesday, the Giants tried to focus on the long-term ramifications of one, while downplaying the short-term effects of the other.

San Francisco Official Site

Albert Pujols Was Ejected For The Ninth Time In His Career

Jeff Fletcher Twitter

Former Cardinals Playing In Panama 4-17-18: Marlon Sucre Singles Twice

Marlon Sucre (former DSL-Bocas del Toro) started as designated hitter and batted seventh.  2-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Geddy Guerra (former VSL-Bocas del Toro) entered in the seventh and pitched to two batters.  He allowed one hit and no runs.

Herrera beat Bocas del Toro 7-2

Yoan Moncada's Home Run A Lone Bright Spot For White Sox In Loss

Both the A's and White Sox were clad in 1968 throwback uniforms on Tuesday night at the Coliseum as the teams celebrated the 50th anniversary of baseball's arrival in Oakland.

Chicago-A Official Site

Video: Mike Matheny's Postgame Press Conference 4-17-18

Fox Sports Midwest Twitter

Video: Bud Norris After Cardinals Beat Cubs

Fox Sports Midwest Twitter

Heavy coats, hats, gloves, hand warmers, heaters–baseball players have access to pretty much anything they need to stay warm in these cold weather games while they’re in the dugout or bullpens. But transitioning to the playing field is more difficult. Especially for the pitchers, who have to contend with keeping their grip on each pitch.
STL Baseball Weekly

Cardinals Beat Cubs 5-3: Matt Carpenter Singles, Doubles, Walks, & Drives In Three Runs; Adam Wainwright Strikes Out Five & Allows One Run Over Five Innings For The Win; Bud Norris Strikes Out Three & Holds One Inherited Runner On Base Over One & Two-Thirds Scoreless Innings For The Save

Individual Highlights:
Dexter Fowler started in right field and batted leadoff.  0-for-3 with two runs, two walks, and two strikeouts.
Tommy Pham started in centerfield and batted second.  1-for-3 with one run, two walks, and one strikeout.
Matt Carpenter started at second base and batted third.  2-for-4 with one double, three RBIs (two w/two-outs), one walk, and two strikeouts.
Marcell Ozuna started in left field and batted fourth.  0-for-4 with one RBI, one walk, and one strikeout.
Yadier Molina started at catcher and batted sixth.  1-for-4 with one walk and one strikeout.
Greg Garcia started at third base and moved to second, batting seventh.  1-for-4 with one walk and one strikeout.
Paul DeJong started at shortstop and batted eighth.  1-for-5 with one home run, one two-out RBI, one run, and four strikeouts.
Harrison Bader entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted ninth.  1-for-1 with one run.
Adam Wainwright started and pitched five innings.  He allowed four hits, one unearned run, four walks, hit two batters, one throwing error, and struck five out for the winning decision (1-2).  0-for-2 with one strikeout.  (p-s:93-50)(g/f:3-4)
Dominic Leone entered in the sixth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the hold (3).  (p-s:11-6)(g/f:0-1)
Jordan Hicks entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs for the hold (2).  (p-s:12-10)(g/f:1-2)
Bud Norris entered in the eighth and pitched 1.2 innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, struck three out for the save (4).  (p-s:21-16)(g/f:0-2)(ir-s:1-0)

Rough Outing:
Jose Martinez started at first base and batted fifth.  0-for-4 with one walk and one strikeout.
Greg Holland entered in the eighth and pitched to three batters.  He allowed one hit, two earned runs, one home run, and two walks.  (p-s:16-7)

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St. Louis Official Site Post Game
Cardinal Beat Post Game
Post-Dispatch Post Game

Shohei Ohtani Left In The Second Inning With Blister

Maria Guardado Twitter

Peoria Beat Quad Cities 6-2: Dylan Carlson Singles, Walks, & Drives In Two Runs; Juan Yepez Singles, Walks Twice, & Knocks In One Run; Zach Prendergast Strikes Out One Over Two Scoreless Innings For The Win

Individual Highlights:
Irving Lopez started at second base and batted leadoff.  1-for-4 with one two-out RBI, one walk, one strikeout, and one throwing error.
Yariel Gonzalez started at first base and batted third.  1-for-4 with one run and one walk.
Juan Yepez started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  1-for-3 with one RBI, one run, two walks, and one strikeout.
Dylan Carlson started in centerfield and batted fifth.  1-for-4 with two RBIs, one run, one walk, and two strikeouts.
Nick Plummer started in left field and batted eighth.  0-for-1 with one run, two walks, and one hit by pitch.
Winston Nicasio started and pitched six innings.  He allowed three hits, two earned runs, three walks, hit two batters, and struck five out.  (p-s:86-50)(g/f:8-4)
Zach Prendergast entered in the seventh and pitched two innings.  He allowed two hits, no runs, one walk, threw one wild pitch, and struck one out for the winning decision (2-0).  (p-s:45-28)(g/f:3-2)
Kevin Hamann entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and struck two out.  (p-s:15-8)

Rough Outing:
Julio Rodriguez started at catcher and batted sixth.  0-for-5 at the plate.
Bryce Denton started in right field and batted seventh.  0-for-4 with one walk and three strikeouts.

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Peoria Official Site Post Game
Peoria Journal Star Post Game

Video: Paul DeJong Hits A Homer 4-17-18

Fox Sports Midwest Twitter

Matt Kemp Goes Yard In Second Straight Games Vs. Padres

Matt Kemp continues to make himself at home in his former digs.

Los Angeles Official Site

Omaha Beat Memphis 4-3 In 10 Innings: Oscar Mercado Collects Three Singles & Two RBIs; Carson Kelly Singles, Doubles, & Drives In One Run; Mike Mayers Strikes Out Two Over Two Scoreless Innings

Individual Highlights:
Patrick Wisdom started at third base and batted fourth.  0-for-2 with one run, three walks (one intentional), one stolen base, one strikeout, and one throwing error.
Oscar Mercado started inn centerfield and batted sixth.  3-for-4 with two RBIs (one w/two-outs), one run, one hit by pitch, two stolen bases, one strikeout, and one caught stealing.
Carson Kelly started at catcher and batted seventh.  2-for-5 with one double and one RBI.
Alex Mejia started at first base and batted eighth.  2-for-4 with one strikeout, grounded into one double play, and assisted in one double play.
Wilfredo Tovar started at shortstop and batted ninth.  1-for-3 with one hit by pitch and assisted in one double play.
Austin Gomber started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed five hits, two earned runs, three walks, and struck three out.  (p-s:98-62)(g/f:7-6)
Mike Mayers entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, two walks, and struck two out.  (p-s:35-21)(g/f:3-2)

Rough Outing:
Tyler O'Neill started in left field and batted third.  0-for-5 at the plate.
Yairo Munoz started as designated hitter and batted fifth.  0-for-4 with one intentional walk and three strikeouts.
Kevin Herget entered in the tenth and pitched to six batters.  He allowed one hit, two runs (one earned), three walks (one intentional), and struck one out for the blown save (1) and losing decision (0-1).  (p-s:28-14)(g/f:0-1)

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Memphis Official Site Post Game

Eric Thames Smacks Sixth April Home Run In Return To Brewers Lineup

There's something about Eric Thames in April. Especially when he gets to swing the bat against the Cincinnati Reds.

Milwaukee Official Site

Palm Beach Beat Bradenton 2-1: Anthony Shew Strikes Out Five & Allows One Run Over Five & Two-Thirds Innings; Ian McKinney Strikes Out Four Over Two Scoreless Innings For The Win; Johan Mieses Singles & Drives In One Run

Individual Highlights:
Kramer Robertston started at shortstop and batted leadoff.  2-for-4 with two runs.
Chase Pinder started in centerfield and batted second.  1-for-3 with one sacrifice.
Evan Mendoza started at third base and batted third.  1-for-4 with one RBI and one strikeout.
Johan Mieses started in right field and batted fourth.  1-for-3 with one two-out RBI, one hit by pitch, and one strikeout.
Anthony Shew started and pitched 5.2 innings.  He allowed four hits, one unearned run, one walk, threw one wild pitch, and struck five out.  (p-s:87-57)(g/f:4-5)
Ian McKinney entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck four out for the winning decision (2-0).  (p-s:25-15)(g/f:1-0)

Rough Outing:
Rest Of The Team

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Miguel Cabrera Leaves Tigers' Game On Tuesday With Lower Back Tightness

Chris McCosky Twitter

Carlos Beltran Enjoys His Role As A Spectator

Carlos Beltrán distinguished himself on the ground of the Hiram Bithorn stadium wearing a gray jacket and white pants. Out of his attire, the World Series ring that sported on his ring finger of his right hand attracted more attention.  (Translated)

El Nuevo Dia

Mike Matheny Says Rotation Swap Is Strategic; Jedd Gyroko Returns, But Doesn't Start; Luke Gregerson To Debut

The Cardinals made the choice following Monday's postponement to switch their starting pitching plans for the final game of this truncated series, swapping Luke Weaver and Michael Wacha in the rotation.

St. Louis Official Site

Five Eye-Catching April Performances

It's true that it's only mid-April, still so early in the year that Joe Mauer entered Tuesday hitting .412 and Jose Ramirez .160. There are a lot of unexpected early-season numbers that won't last, because they simply can't. We go through this every year. Baseball takes some time to balance out.

Colorado Official Site

Evan Longoria Dealing With Tweaked Ankle

Alex Pavlovic Twitter

Video: Jedd Gyorko Returns From The DL

Fox Sports Midwest Twitter

Video: Luke Gregerson Returns From The DL

Fox Sports Midwest Twitter

Fox Sports Midwest Twitter

Memphis Starting Lineup 4-17-18

Memphis Official Twitter

Dodgers Optioned Breyvic Valera To Triple-A Oklahoma City

Los Angeles Official Twitter

Ben Zobrist Scratched From Cubs' Game On Tuesday With Back Tightness

Carrie Muskat Twitter

Seung-Hwan Oh Picks Up First Hold In Win

Toronto Blue Jays' South Korean pitcher Oh Seung-hwan has picked up his first hold of the season in a victory.

Yonhap News Agency

Giants Activated Johnny Cueto From The Disabled List

San Francisco Official Twitter

Triple-A New Orleans Placed Peter Mooney On The Seven-Day Disabled List

New Orleans Official Twitter

Peoria Starting Lineup 4-17-18

Peoria Official Twitter

Triple-A Memphis Placed Rangel Ravelo On The Temporarily Inactive List & Double-A Springfield Placed Connor Jones On The Seven-Day Disabled List

Jrocke217 Twitter

Mariners Recalled Ariel Miranda From Triple-A Tacoma

Seattle PR Official Twitter

Cardinals Starting Lineup 4-17-18

St. Louis Official Twitter

Cardinal Beat

Is Matt Carpenter Hurt? Is It The Lineup Spot? Something Isn't RIght

There are slumps and cold spells, downturns and drop-offs, ruts and slides.

101 ESPN

Springfield Beat Frisco 7-5: Lane Thomas Singles, Homers, & Drives In Three Runs; John Nogowski & Chris Chinea Each Single Twice & Knock In One Run; Chris Ellis Strikes Out Two Over Two Scoreless Innings For The Save

Individual Highlights:
Tommy Edman started at third base and batted leadoff.  1-for-4 with one run, one walk, one stolen base, and one strikeout.
Edmundo Sosa started at shortstop and batted second.  2-for-5 with one double, one triple, one RBI, two runs, three strikeouts, and assisted in one double play.
Lane Thomas started in centerfield and batted third.  2-for-4 with one home run, three RBIs, and one run.
John Nogowski started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  2-for-4 with one home run, one RBI, and one run.
Darren Seferina started at second base and batted fifth.  1-for-4 with one home run, one RBI, one run, and assisted in one double play.
Chris Chinea started at first base and batted sixth.  2-for-3 with one home run, one RBI, one run, one hit by pitch, and assisted in one double play.
Chris Ellis entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out for the save (2).  (p-s:22-14)(g/f:3-1)(ir-s:3-0)

Rough Outing:
Granden Goetzman started in right field and batted seventh.  0-for-4 with one strikeout and one throwing error.
Victor Roache started in left field and moved to right field, batting eighth.  0-for-3 with one walk and three strikeouts.
Jeremy Martinez started at catcher and batted ninth.  0-for-3 with one walk.
Ryan Helsley started and pitched six innings.  He allowed four hits, four earned runs, six walks, threw one wild pitch, and struck seven out.  (p-s:101-57)(g/f:6-2)
Landon Beck entered in the seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, two walks (one intentional), and assisted in one double play for the blown save (1) and winning decision (1-0).  (p-s:16-9)(g/f:2-0)
Ramon Santos entered in the eighth and pitched to four batters.  He allowed four hits and one earned run.  (p-s:15-9)

Former Cardinals:
Eliezer Alvarez started in centerfield and batted second.  1-for-4 with one sacrifice, one strikeout, and grounded into one double play.

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Springfield Official Site Post Game

Brewers Activated Christian Yelich From The Disabled List

Tom Haudricourt Twitter

Rays Transferred Kevin Kiermaier From The Ten-Day To 60-Day Disabled List

Greg Auman Twitter

An Investigation Into Paul DeJong's Rising Strikeout Total

The notion that Paul Dejong might be derailed or even delayed by a sophomore slump seemed to be swatted down through his first four games.

BenFred

Jordan Hicks' Velocity Places Him In Rarefied Air

One of the first cuts of spring training was the last addition to the Opening Day roster.

Baseball America

Cardinals & Yadier Molina Announce Exclusive M4 Apparel Partnership

The St. Louis Cardinals and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina announced today that Molina's M4 fashion collection has signed on to be an official partner of the team. The Cardinals Spanish radio booth will be renamed the M4 Radio Booth as part of the deal. Fans will also notice new M4 signage around Busch Stadium. Additionally, fans can enter to win exciting prizes while shopping for M4 apparel at the Official Cardinals Team Store at Busch Stadium, the exclusive retailer of M4 apparel in St. Louis.

St. Louis Official Site

Derrick Goold On The Morning After 4-17-18

Inside STL

Springfield Starting Lineup 4-17-18

Springfield Official Twitter

Where Does Luke Gregerson Fit In?

Luke Gregerson is returning from injury to a crowded Cardinals bullpen that looks like it could use some help.

Viva El Birdos

Clay Buchholz Assigned To Double-A NW Arkansas

Jeffrey Flanagan Twitter

The Cardinals Should Utilize A Six-Man Rotation

Before the season began, I noted some possible concerns regarding the Cardinals rotation — namely, that the team might have better, more talented starting pitchers in Triple-A than those on their major-league roster. At the time, the issue was only a potential problem: the season had yet to start. The potential became a reality even sooner than I expected, however.

Fangraphs

What You Need To Know About The 2018 Cardinals, Cubs Rivalry

The 2018 edition of the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs rivalry has been delayed at least one day thus far, but a two-game series is still on schedule so we take a look into some of the matchups and players on both sides:

KMOX

Cuba Deepening Ties With Japan Through Baseball

Cuban sport's top leader Antonio Becali (54), visiting Japan as a part of his trip to Asian countries, met Masatake Yamanaka, Vice President for the Baseball Federation of Japan. Becali became President of INDER (The National Institute of Sport, Physical Education, and Recreation) in 2014, after serving as coach of Womens National Judo Team of Cuba and Chancellor of Cuban National Physical Sports University.

Baseball Federation Of Japan

Staying Hot: If Weather Holds In Chicago, Cardinals Hope Adam Wainwright Can Extend Win Streak

Joe Maddon wasn’t thrilled when the Chicago Cubs were forced to endure less than ideal weather conditions last weekend.

Fox Sports Midwest

Former Cardinals Playing In KBO 4-17-18: Jamie Romak Hits A Two-Run & Solo Home Run; Xavier Scruggs Singles

Jamie Romak - SK Wyverns


Xavier Scruggs (former St. Louis-NC) started at first base and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one strikeout.

NC beat Nexen 3-2 in 11 innings

Jamie Romak (former Memphis-SK) started at first base and batted fourth.  2-for-5 with two home runs, three RBIs, two runs, and three strikeouts.

SK beat KT 9-5

Luke Weaver Continues To Improve

A developing curveball further enhances the young right-hander’s arsenal

Viva El Birdos

Former Cardinals Playing In NPB 4-17-18



Carlos Peguero (former Memphis-Rakuten) started in right field and batted third.  0-for-5 with three strikeouts.

Softbank beat Rakuten 5-3

Why Harrison Bader Is A Valuable Fourth Outfielder

With his play in the field and at the plate, Harrison Bader provides great value for the Cardinals as a fourth outfielder.

KSDK

Adam Ottavino Has Unreal April Numbers Thanks To Some Dazzling Pitches

The Rockies made a big move in the offseason by signing All-Star closer Wade Davis to a three-year contract, and early on, he's made them look good. Davis has a 2.45 ERA and 0.818 WHIP in eight games, while also tying the Mets' Jeurys Familia for the National League lead with 7 saves.

Cut4

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB 4-16-18: Stephen Piscotty Singles, Doubles, & Drives In One Run; Adam Ottavino Strikes Out Two Of Three Batters Faced; Juan NIcasio Pitched One Hitless/Scoreless Inning For The Hold



Adam Ottavino (former St. Louis-Colorado) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck two out.  (p-s:14-12)(g/f:1-0)

David Freese (former St. Louis-Pittsburgh) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted ninth.  0-for-1 with one strikeout.

Colorado beat Pittsburgh 6-2

Peter Bourjos (former St. Louis-Atlanta) entered late in the game in left field.

Atlanta beat Philadelphia 2-1

Stephen Piscotty (former St. Louis-Oakland) started in right field and batted eighth.  2-for-4 with one double, one RBI, one run, and one strikeout.

Oakland beart Chicago-A 8-1

Juan Nicasio (former St. Louis-Seattle) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs for the hold (7).  (p-s:12-8)(g/f:1-1)

Seattle beat Houston 2-1