After losing four games in a row, the St. Louis Cardinals needed something to change their tide and Marco Gonzales rose to the occasion as the rookie allowed just one run on three hits in six innings to pick up his first big league victory as the team won 13-2 on Saturday night.
“It feels pretty rewarding,” smiled Gonzales. “Especially to come out after we lose two and put up a good performance. The whole team played really well tonight and a victory like that feels good, for sure.”
Gonzales had made three prior starts this season for the Cardinals and used his time in between at Memphis to focus on consistency.
“I think at some point, it just becomes go out there and have fun and compete for the team,” said Marco. “Today, we just needed a ‘W” and I think it was no more than just going out there and giving my all for the team.”
“We had a little rough inning the first inning, but after that kept the ball down and stayed out of trouble.”
Gonzales had faced a couple of the Cubs batters in Triple-A and combined with a game plan of staying low in the zone with the off-speed pitches, gathered himself to get out of the 1st inning with only allowing the one run.
After scoring just 10 runs in the last six games, the Cardinals offense also came alive as Matt Holliday hit a pair of home runs and had 5 RBIs on the night.
“We’re here to win,” commented Holliday, also sharing there is no issue with his left elbow after being hit by a pitch and exiting the game in the 8th inning. “You’re not happy with losing and they beat us the first two games. Every game’s important, we’ve got to win every game and you just keep grinding.”
–Matt Carpenter drew three walks in the game, which gives him 77 for the season. He is the first St. Louis third baseman since Troy Glaus in 2008 (87) to reach the mark. Scott Rolen (2003), Fernando Tatis (1999), Ken Boyer (1962), Tommy Glaviano (1950), and Whitey Kurowski (1947) have also accomplished the feat.
–Daniel Descalso had hits in both games of Saturday’s double-header and is batting .351 (13-37) in the month of August.
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