Cardinals 3, Padres 2: Rally Cut Short By The Green Walls

Dilip Vishwanat

Stellar defensive plays kept the Padres in the game, but the 9th inning rally gets derailed by the fences.

It’s brunch time. Or it was brunch time. I’m writing about the past from the future. It is important to win today. Padres are looking to win their first series in a month. Eric Stults and his slow curve takes on Adam Wainwright and his barrage of pitches that get outs. The battle against the Green Walls also continues. Don’t let them beat you, Padres. The Cardinals nor the green walls.

1st Inning

Everth Cabrera started off the game with a double to left. After a ground out by Chase Headley, Everth was in position to score on a hard hit single by Yonder Alonso to give the Padres THE LEAD. Just like yesterday, I like an early Padres lead.

Eric Stults gave up a single to the leadoff batter, but retired the next 3.


3rd Inning

Matt Carpenter doubled off the wall in right. Yadier Molina drew a walk. Then the gates that hold the flood water back no longer maintained their hold. Allen Craig singled to score the tying run. David Freese then took advantage of Alexi Amarista’s size and hit a double past the outstretched body of Amarista to score two runs. Freese was then out at third on the play. 2 ground outs ended the inning.

Cardinals 3-1

4th Inning

Yonder Alonso got his 2nd single of the day. But, no one else could do the same.

The Cardinals could not even get the ball into the field of play. 1 strikeout and 2 foul balls get the outs recorded.


5th Inning

Rene Rivera got his first hit as a Padre and his first hit in the Major Leagues since September 24th, 2011 when he was a member of the Minnesota Twins.

6th Inning

Carlos Quentin opened things up with a double to deep left. Yonder Alonso singled again today to move Carlos to 3rd. A double play created by a Will Venable grounder scores Carlos to get the Padres closer to the lead.

Eric Stults is still in the game. He reached a career high 124 pitches to end the inning. That would be his last pitch. He gave up 8 hits and 1 walk for 3 ER. He came away with 2 strikeouts as well.

Cardinals 3-2

7th Inning

Nick Vincent entered the game in relief for Stults and put the Cardinals away in order with help from Carlos Quentin to record the 3rd out. Carlos pulled off the incredible diving roll to his right to catch the ball. It was not the best played ball, but was the play of the game.


8th Inning

Wainwright had his final inning of work here. He gave up 8 hits and 2 walks while surrendering only 2 ER. He also put up 7 strikeouts in 102 pitches.

9th Inning

Final chance. Edward Mujica is in for the save. That’s a weird thing to say. Alexi Amarista got a single to squeeze into center. Jesus Guzman connected with a pitch that bounced over the wall in foul territory to force him to be stuck with a ground rule double and making Alexi stop at 3rd. Jedd Gyorko sent a blast to left but the fuel ran out before it went over the fence and fell into the glove of a leaping Allen Craig. 3rd out. Padres come up short because of that green wall.

Cardinals 3-2

Tough loss. Padres have lost 11 of their last 12 road games. But, at least they won't be playing in green walled stadiums for a series. They head to Milwaukee to face the Brewers. For the Padres, Andrew Cashner takes the mound to face Tom Gorzelanny.

Final - 7.21.2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Diego Padres 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 10 1
St. Louis Cardinals 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 8 0
WP: Adam Wainwright (13 - 5)
SV: Edward Mujica (28)
LP: Eric Stults (8 - 8)

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