Cards take 2 of 3 in Cincinnati: Series recap

Before getting into the games, the Cards got some bad news this morning on Lance Berkman. Berkman will not be making the home opener, and it doesn’t look like he’ll play in any of the 3 games against the Cubs do to a calf strain. On to the good news, the Cards took 2 of 3, and almost got the series sweep sending out weak lineup in the final game, so let’s start there.

In Game 3, Erik Komatsu started for Carlos Beltran, Matt Carpenter for Lance Berkman and Daniel Descalso for David Freese. Jaime Garcia struggled on the road, something he’s done throughout his young career, but limited the damage until the 5th inning. Over 4 and 2/3, Garcia gave up 11 hits and 3 ER. Jon Jay went deep for his first HR in 2012, and Komatsu made a huge impact on the game even though he was only 1-4. In his first AB, Komatsu saw 14 pitches from Johnny Cueto. He saw 8 in his second AB and worked the count full in his last AB. The 14 pitch AB was the start of the Cards getting Cueto’s pitch count up after he only threw 10 and 12 pitches in the first 2 innings. After 5 innings, the Cards had Cueto at 91 pitches and he was pinch hit for in the bottom half. Both bullpens did their job for the most part, but the Reds were able to pull it out in the 9th. Reds edge Cards 4-3.

In Game 2, Kyle Lohse was dominant once again. In 6 IP, Lohse only gave up 1 ER, getting 7 groundouts. Beltran got the Cards on the board early with a solo HR, and Freese hit a 2-run HR to right center field. That would be enough, as Mitchell Boggs just looked nasty in his two scoreless innings, followed by Jason Motte getting his second save of the season. Cards win 3-1.

In the series opener, Jake Westbrook got off to a rocky start with his control, but settled down quickly, going 7 IP, allowing only 3 hits, 4 walks, and unearned run and had an amazing 12 groundouts. Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina and Freese all had a HR off of Reds starter Homer Bailey in the 1st inning. The Cards tacked on a few more and cruised to a 7-1 victory.

So, the Cards come home 5-2. Of course we all wanted the game yesterday, but if anyone had said we were coming home 5-2 after looking at the season schedule, we would all take it. On top of it all, we get the Cubs 3-5 starters. The only thing to really watch for is if Descalso or M. Carpenter will start at 1B for Berkman while he’s out. I hope it’s Descalso so Tyler Greene can start to get some regular playing time. Mike Matheny has to feel really good about the hot start, taking some of the pressure off right from the start. There’s a long way to go, but I still think it was important to go into Milwaukee and Cincy and take the series since most folks think, including myself, that it’s going to be a 3 team race between these clubs.

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