Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Wacha earns first career victory; Cardinals beat Mets 9-2 in opener

Michael Wacha earned his first of what many expect to be a lot of victories throughout his career as a starting pitcher as the Saint Louis Cardinals defeated the New York Mets 9 to 2 inside Shea Stadium on Tuesday night in the series opener of the current three game set in a Major League Baseball regular season contest.

After allowing two runs to New York in the bottom half of the first-inning, Wacha settled down and shut the Mets down for his last five innings of work. The 21 year-old earned his first career win in third career Major League start as he went six innings on the night and gave up two runs on five hits and three walks -- he struck out four batters on the night too though.

The Mets got on the score board first following a solo home run off the bat of Omar Quintanilla and then Marlon Byrd drove in David Wright on a sacrafice-fly to center field, which gave New York a 2-0 lead -- and their only two runs for the entire contest.

The Cardinals got themselves on the scoreboard themselves in the top of the fourth when Matt Adams brought home Matt Holliday from third-base on a double play with the bases loaded, cutting the lead in half at the time and starting the offensive flooding gates with Jeremy Hefner still in the ball game.

Hefner, who was one of four New York pitchers to appear on Tuesday night, recieved the loss following a start in which he gave up six runs on eight hitsand seen his record fall to 1-6 overall.

With the Cardinals trailing 2-1 heading into the fifth inning, Wacha helped his own cause as he brought home Jon Jay on a ground out to the shortstop. St. Louis added five total in the inning as Yadier Molina drove in one himself before Allen Craig hit a three run bomb following Matt Carpenter and Holliday getting themselves on base.

After owning a 6-2 lead in the sixth inning, Holliday drove in Molina with an RBI-single to shallow center field and proceeded to make the score 8-2 as Holliday was awarded to walk in ninety feet from third base as Jay was walked with the bases loaded.

Shane Robinson hit just his second home run of the season in the top of the ninth-inning, which put the score at 9-2 St. Louis and proved to be the contests' final score. Both Randy Choate and Keith Butler appeared out of the bullpen for manager Mike Matheny as they combined for no runs and no hits -- and their only baserunner allowed was a walk from Butler in one of his two innings pitched.

The Cardinals out-hit the Mets 12 to 5 total in the game and improved baseballs' best record to 42-22 overall, while New York fell to 23-36 on the season. Following wins from both the Pirates and Reds though, St.Louis held their division lead in the Central race at four games ahead.

The two teams will play the second of the current three game series tomorrow night (Wednesday) with the first pitch being delivered at 6:10 pm Central Time on FOX Sports Midwest. Shelby Miller (7-3, 1.91 ERA) will be on the mound for the Cardinals while Dillon Gee (4-6, 5.20 ERA) will be on the mound for the Mets. With tonight's win, the Cardinals are now 4-1 in the head-to-head season series between the two teams.

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