As the year winds down, our 2014 Season Review looks back at some of the moments and people that made the season what it was as the St. Louis Cardinals went 90-72 and earned their fourth consecutive trip to the National League Championship Series.
–(May 4th) Continuing his rehab at Springfield (AA) pitcher Jaime Garcia is forced to leave the game after just two innings when he is struck in the elbow during an at-bat. The lefty temporarily lost feeling down the arm but recovered and was able to start a game about a week later in Memphis (AAA). Jason Motte also continued his comeback from Tommy John surgery, progressing with Garcia to the Redbirds after four scoreless appearances in Springfield.
–(May 14th) After hitting .344 in 15 games at Memphis, Kolten Wong was recalled and Greg Garcia was optioned to AAA. The night before, Garcia drove in the winning run after being hit by a pitch to beat Chicago 4-3 in 12 innings.
–(May 15th) Maybe it was his .456 batting average over the last year against the Cubs, but Yadier Molina took exception to having a pair of pitches buzz the tower and turned to voice his displeasure to the opposing dugout and with Chicago catcher Wellington Castillo. Both benches were warned.
–(May 16th) It was a memorable day at Busch Stadium as Scott Spiezio returned to throw out the first pitch, but more importantly shared that he was at 150 days of sobriety…
The game resulted in the ejection of Peter Bourjos (his first career) and Mike Matheny–who took exception that rookie umpire Sean Barber threw out Bourjos after he was already walking back to the dugout. The Cardinals beat Atlanta 5-2.
–(May 18th) Jaime Garcia returned to the mound for the first time since his season-ending shoulder surgery last May. He went 7.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K (83 pitches/54 strikes) and was in line for the victory before the Braves rallied in the 9th to hand St. Louis a 6-5 loss.
–(May 20th) For the first time in his career, Adam Wainwright threw a one-hitter–going the distance for the 18th time to help the Cardinals beat Arizona 5-0.
–(May 21st) His last regular season appearance in October of 2012, it was an emotional return for Jason Motte as he worked a scoreless 1.2 innings in the Cardinals 3-2 win over Arizona in 12 innings.
Matt Holliday scored the winning run on a throwing error.
(May 26-28) The New York Yankees and the Derek Jeter Farewell Tour stopped at Busch Stadium for three games.
(May 27th) Lance Lynn throws the first complete game of his big league career–a 6-0 victory over the Yankees.
(May 28th) The 1964 World Championship team was honored and Bob Gibson discussed the misconception that he was angry on the mound…
(May 31st) In one of the most anticipated debuts in franchise history, Oscar Taveras plays in his first big league game. After lining out in his first at-bat, Oscar delivered with a 418ft home run in the 5th inning that literally opened up the skies to rainfall as after later rain delay the Cardinals beat the Giants 2-0.
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