Game Report: Cardinals 11, Phillies 3
By Rob Rains
Matt Adams and Shane Robinson each drove in three runs to back a solid outing by Jake Westbrook as the Cardinals pounded the Phillies Wednesday night at Busch Stadium.
Here is how the game broke down:
At the plate:
Robinson and Yadier Molina each had three hits to pace the Cardinals’ attack. Robinson got all of his RBIs with a bases-loaded triple that capped a five-run fifth inning which broke the game open … Adams had a two-run single in the second and drove in his third run with a double in the fifth … Molina’s three hits raised his league-leading average to .339, two percentage points ahead of Allen Craig, who had two hits … Matt Carpenter also had two of St. Louis’ 11 hits … Brock Peterson got his first major-league hit, and second RBI, with a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning… Westbrook got involved in the offense with his first stolen base, the second of his career, and a run scored. Westbrook also was the last Cardinal pitcher to steal a base, on May 3 of last year.
On the mound:
Westbrook raised his record to 7-4 as he gave up only one run through the sixth inning before tiring in the seventh, when the Phillies scored twice. He scattered nine hits, did not walk a batter and struck out two … Kevin Siegrist and Carlos Martinez each worked a scoreless inning in relief… The win by Westbrook marked the first time the Cardinals have got three consecutive wins by a starting pitcher since May 21-24, when Adam Wainwright, Tyler Lyons and Lance Lynn did it.
The Cardinals have now played five games since the All-Star break without hitting a home run, in a total of 184 at-bats. They have only hit one home run in their last 335 at-bats covering the last nine games and have posted a 6-3 record in those games. The Cardinals have hit only eight home runs in 17 games this month, the second fewest in the NL, but have scored 91 runs, an average of 5.35 per game. Their record for the month is 12-5. … Cardinal pitchers also have not allowed a home run in the five games since the All-Star break, covering 45 innings.
Rookie left-handed pitcher John Gast will undergo season-ending surgery on Friday to repair a torn muscle in his left lat. Gast has been out since May 26 after suffering the injury while making his third major-league start … Matt Holliday’s wife Leslee gave birth to the couple’s fourth child Wednesday night, their third son … The Cardinals had their 18th sellout of the season at Busch Stadium Wednesday night and surpassed the 2 million mark in home attendance for the 32nd time in franchise history and for the 18th consecutive year … The team’s record is now a season-high 24 games over .500 at 61-37.
The Cardinals will send Lynn (11-5, 4.13 ERA) to the mound on Thursday night looking to complete the sweep of the Phillies, who will start Kyle Kendrick (9-6, 3.94 ERA). The game will begin an hour earlier than normal, at 6:15 p.m.