The Cardinals beat the Braves 5-3 in 11 innings on this date in 2011. Once again I chose a game started by Chris Carpenter to highlight. Carpenter went seven innings, allowed three earned runs, two walks and had three strikeouts. He allowed two home runs – one to Jason Heyward (his seventh) and one to Nate McLouth. The Cardinals got two runs in the fourth inning on a sac fly by Yadier Molina and a single by Daniel Descalso. Craig Kimbrel was brought in for the ninth inning with the Braves leading 3-2. Molina singled to lead off the ninth, and Tyler Greene pinch ran for him. Ryan Theriot then singled and Descalso hit a sac fly to tie the game. In the top of the eleventh inning, Theriot was hit by a pitch, Mark Hamilton drew a walk, and Nick Punto hit a two-run triple. In the bottom of the eleventh, Jason Motte walked Dan Uggla then struck out the next two batters. Lefty Trever Miller was brought in to face McLouth, and he got him to fly out to end the game. The win improved the Cardinals’ record to 15-11.
On a tough day for the Braves, Nick Punto just added to their misery.
Punto drove in two runs with an 11th-inning triple after St. Louis rallied in the ninth, giving the surging Cardinals a 5-3 victory over Atlanta on Friday night.
Braves rookie Cory Gearrin (0-1) dug his own hole, plunking Ryan Theriot in the left leg and walking pinch-hitter Mark Hamilton. The right-hander was one out away from escaping, but Punto drove one into the right-field corner for the first big league hit allowed by Gearrin in 4 2/3 innings since being called up.
“I was looking for a fastball. I got a fastball, middle in, and put some good wood on it,” Punto said. “It didn’t hit anybody. It landed in the corner, so we got a couple of runs.”
Bandits Fall To Kernels
The River Bandits lost to the Cedar Rapids Kernels 6-4. The Bandits scored one run in the bottom of the first on three singles. The Kernels got a walk, single, hit by pitch, and then a three-run double in the top of the second. The score stayed that way all the way to the ninth inning. The Kernels got three more runs on a walk, two singles, an error and a wild pitch. The Bandits got three runs in the bottom of the ninth on a few singles and a double but the comeback bid came up short. Packy Elkins went three for three with two walks and two RBIs for the Bandits. Michael Swinson went two for three with a walk and a run scored. The Bandits’ record dropped to 10-11.
A smart start by Seth Blair was followed by a sloppy finish by his Quad-Cities teammates Friday.
A throwing error by Jonathan Rodriguez opened the door for Cedar Rapids to score three times in the top of the ninth inning, more than enough for the Kernels to withstand a three-run River Bandits rally in the bottom half of the inning and hold on for a 6-4 Midwest League victory at Modern Woodmen Park.
“We did not play smart at the end,” Quad-Cities manager Johnny Rodriguez said. “We did not make a good throw into the infield (after a Wes Hatton RBI single) and we should not have made the throw to second. There was no play there.”
Rodriguez said the sloppiness and decision making will be addressed in the team’s early work today.