(Busch Stadium) For the first time in nearly a month the St. Louis Cardinals committed three errors in a game as their eight game winning streak came to an end with a 5-4 loss to Washington.
“Completely uncharacteristic,” said Mike Shildt of the miscues. “You prove that there’s a human element to this game. A couple of plays clearly we expect to make and will make, just didn’t go our way for a little bit there. To the guys credit, they regrouped, settled down, and started playing. Got back to the baseball they know they can play. It was one of those nights.”
The errors led to three unearned runs for Washington and an early exit for starter Luke Weaver, who was unable to make it out of the 4th inning. Pitching through traffic for most of the night, Weaver got the bases loaded, 2-out groundball he was looking for to finish off the frame, but Matt Carpenter was unable to hold onto the throw from Kolten Wong. That loaded up the bases and at 71 pitches, Weaver was lifted for Tyson Ross, who gave up a 2-run single to Bryce Harper before closing out the inning.
For Weaver, it was the eighth time this season he was unable to finish 5.0 innings in a start.
“You give him credit for the fact, and he’s done this a couple different times, where he’s getting through traffic and he’s in the 3rd or 4th inning and he’s at the 70-something pitch mark and he’s turned the lineup over for the third time,” said Shildt. “You think, well gosh, there’s some things to work on there. But, you also want to give him credit because this guy makes pitches. He’s a real competitor and he was able to escape a couple stressful innings without a whole lot of damage.”
Weaver finished with a line of 3.2 IP, 7 hits, 4 runs, 2 earned runs, a walk, and a strikeout. He is now 6-11 on the season.
“Mechanically, it was just a little off,” shared Weaver. “Kind of fell out of sync there a little bit with a little bit of the break. I’ve just got to back on that. I saw some stuff on video that I found that I’m going to be right back where I need to be pitching well. So that stunk, but it was just a battle game and try to keep the game close and it kind of got away from us a little bit.”
MORE SCORELESS WAINO
–Making his second rehab appearance for Palm Beach (A+) tonight, Adam Wainwrght threw a pair of scoreless frames and struck out three batters. He threw a total of 31 pitches, 19 for strikes.
SALSA FOR THE SKIPPER TOO
–While Matt Carpenter and his teammates are rightfully garnering most of the attention for their salsa intake, manager Mike Shildt is also enjoying the recipe.
“I take my dip at it, yeah,” laughed Shildt. “I’m a salsa guy. I’m telling you, it’s really delicious. It’s legit.”
And the salsa hasn’t hurt the won-loss record. Through his first 28 games managed, Shildt had a mark of 19-9, which is the best start in franchise history.
“Good players make you look smarter than you are maybe,” said Shildt. “Guys are doing a great job. Salsa is a part of it, more importantly we’ve got a really talented group.”
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