(Busch Stadium) When it’s time to put an end to a losing streak, send Miles Mikolas to the mound. The St. Louis Cardinals right-hander led his team to victory as they beat Philadelphia 6-0 on Monday night. It was ninth time in fourteen games following a defeat that Mikolas earned the win for the team, which ended a four game skid.
“It definitely makes me feel good, but I try not to look at it that way,” said Mikolas, who also became the first Cardinal pitcher to reach four wins. “I just go out there, ‘today was our most important game of the season, tomorrow is our most important game of the season’ just focus on one pitch, one game at a time.”
It was the first scoreless outing of the season for Mikolas, who went seven innings before turning the game over to John Brebbia and Jordan Hicks to finish things off.
“Feeling a lot more consistent,” Mikolas said. “Everything’s feeling pretty sharp, getting a good routine, going right at hitters.”
Striking out a season-high five batters, Mikolas did not walk a batter and continued a recent trend of mixing in more curveballs.
“I think just having a little more confidence in it,” Mikolas explained. “Throwing it more often and throwing it a little more aggressively–not really trying to spin it in there, just try to rip it in there.”
“We located the fastball really good and when you do that, everything else is going to work,” Yadier Molina said. “Every time you look fastball, everything else is going to be working. Location, it was a good thing for him.”
Molina had three hits on the night, including a two-run homer in the 4th inning.
“Good swings,” Molina downplayed. “Every time out, I just try to put the ball in play, hard.”
Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong also hit home runs as the offense rebounded after a tough weekend series at Chicago.
“We know that we’ve got a good offensive team,” Molina said. “It’s a matter of time–the last three days, I don’t know what happened. Today we had confidence in ourselves and we showed up ready to go.”
HICKS vs HARPER
–The ninth inning provided a marquee matchup as Bryce Harper stepped to the plate against Jordan Hicks. The Cardinals right-hander got the strikeout–not with his 100mph-plus velocity, but three breaking pitches at 90mph that Harper missed.
“Kind of scary to see a guy with stuff like that and be able to use all those weapons,” Mikolas stated. “We like to give him a hard time when he throws a lot of breaking balls and tell him he’s a ‘thumber’. But it’s scary. To see a guy second year in the league making those adjustments, it says a lot about the type of player he is.”
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