Carpenter's slam in 11th lifts Cardinals over Blue Jays

by Steven Clarke May 1, 2017, 3:46
Carpenter's slam in 11th lifts Cardinals over Blue Jays

After rallying late to win the first game, backed by Randal Grichuk's ninth-inning homer and Matt Carpenter's 11th inning grand slam, the Cardinals scored early and often in the nightcap to beat the Blue Jays 6-4 and sweep the doubleheader. Snell allowed three hits, five walks and five runs (four earned) overall. He walked the bases loaded, though I will defend Martinez and say that the second walk should have been a backwards K. He also committed a dumb error, throwing it to centerfielder. Luke Maile got his Jays debut and first Major League Baseball start of the season at catcher.

It is amusing how hitting.040, one single in 25 official at-bats, along with 16 strikeouts, over the first month of the season can have that affect.

"To be a good team you've got to find ways to win close games on the road", Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Instead, the 22-year-old allowed a two-out, two-run homer to Randal Grichuk to tie it at 4-4 and set up yet another disastrous defeat. Then it seemed like it would be a quick and painless blowout by the Blue Jays.

The Cardinals, who got three hits apiece from Dexter Fowler, Greg Garcia and Matt Adams in the second game, scored three times in the first inning.

While the Rays (12-12) were getting even Friday night by using a three-homer eighth inning to propel themselves into a 7-4 victory, the Blue Jays (6-17) kept digging themselves into a deeper hole.

He allowed six hits, two walks and one run while striking out five in 6 1/3 innings against Tampa Bay to win his first start of the season. They had Thursday off following a 5-4 loss in 11 innings Wednesday to the Baltimore Orioles, who took two of three from the Rays at Camden Yards. "That's one thing we know we've got to do and we know we can do".

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (1-3, 6.27) starts the second game of the doubleheader looking to build on a strong outing in his last start.

The Blue Jays have lost the opening game of all four home series this season, dropping games against Milwaukee, Baltimore and Boston before Friday. Jose Bautista is two hits shy of hitting the 1,000-hit milestone as a Blue Jay.

Third baseman Jhonny Peralta, who has two errors and is on the disabled list, is projected to be minus-5 over 1,200 innings (approximately 135 games) in total fielding runs above average. He rapped a bloop single to right field to lead off the first inning, extending his on-base streak to 16 straight games - 15 of which he picked up at least one hit. Molina doubled to lead off the 9th but we've been there before and plus, we needed two runs.

"We were in a good position", Gibbons said.

SAN FRANCISCO - Run-scoring singles by Andrew Toles and Justin Turner in the 10th inning led Los Angeles after pitcher Julio Urias made a solid start in his 2017 debut. I'm starting to feel like Jack Torrance.

"We brought Salty in here, we were looking for some offence", is the way Toronto manager John Gibbons tried to soft-sell the axing of Saltalamacchia.

In his first start of the season on April 7, Liriano lasted only one-third of an inning against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Pillar led off the inning with a double, moved to third on a base hit from pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan and scored on Bautista's sac fly.

Toronto starter Marcus Stroman, who has two complete games under his belt this season, deserved a better fate.

From a competitive standpoint, the Jays also would have benefitted if a later makeup date included an opportunity to have Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki in the lineup and Aaron Sanchez facing the Cards rather than either Latos or Lawrence.

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