St. Louis Cardinals Lose To San Diego 9-5 On Rainy Night At Busch
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The St. Louis Cardinals blew a lead twice, then sat through a long rain delay as the San Diego Padres dampened a Saturday night at Busch Stadium with a 9-5 win.
The big blow, a grand slam home run by Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko off St. Louis reliever Kevin Siegrist (1-3), came right before the heavens opened up in the top of the seventh, giving San Diego an 8-5 lead it would not relinquish.
Reliever Alex Torres (2-1) recorded only one out in relief of starter Jesse Hahn, but picked up the win for the Padres.
St. Louis had all the momentum early, hitting Hahn for four runs in the bottom of the second inning and grabbing a 4-0 lead.
Matt Adams opened the inning with a base hit, then Jhonny Peralta doubled him home. One out later, rightfielder Oscar Taveras doubled in Peralta before Matt Carpenter capped off the scoring with a two run double.
But Cards starter Shelby Miller didn't do well with the prosperity, allowing four runs in the top of the third as San Diego sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs on four hits to tie the game 4-4.
The big blow was first baseman Jake Goebbert's bases loaded triple.
In the Cardinals fifth inning, Matt Holliday drew a two out walk, then Adams tripled him home as St. Louis went back in front 5-4.
Siegrist opened the seventh inning by striking out Padres leadoff hitter Yangervis Solarte, but Abraham Almonte reached on a bunt base hit.
Seth Smith singled, Yasmani Grandal walked, and that set the stage for Gyorko's 347 foot blast that cleared the wall in left field.
Moments later, the thunder rolled, the wind picked up, and the tarp was put on the field as fans at Busch Stadium endured a 1:46 rain delay.
There weren't many folks left in the stands when the game resumed, but the Padres kept the momentum on offense, adding a run in the eighth on Smith's third hit of the night.
Peralta led off the eighth for the Cards with a ground rule double, but he and Jon Jay, who walked with two out, were left stranded.
Kevin Quackenbush pitched a three up, three down ninth for the Padres, who improve to 58-64 on the season.
Miller, speaking to reporters after the long night of baseball, says the third inning was exhausting. "You start to lose your mechanics when you throw 38 pitches in one inning and you get tired," Miller said. "I walked a couple of guys and gave up the hit right down the line that clears the bases. It's kind of the game changer at that point."
And to make matters worse, Miller says it happened right after his offense gave him a big boost. "You get a four run lead, you don't go out and give up four more that next inning. That's pretty much unacceptable."
Siegrist didn't have many answers for his one bad inning either. "I'm working to try to get back to where I was. It's just not making quality pitches, that's what it comes down to. I don't really have an answer for you right now."
Cards Manager Mike Matheny says it was a tough loss for his club. "We get some offensive production early on, and it's hard to see that go away. We had two really rough innings, and it made for a bad day."
The Cardinals see their three game winning streak come to an end, dropping to 65-57 and falling three games behind Milwaukee in the N.L. Central.
The Cards and Padres wrap up the four game series Sunday afternoon in a 1:15 start at Busch Stadium as Odrisamer Despaigne (3-3, 2.72 ERA) takes the mound for San Diego against St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright (14-7, 2.34 ERA).
St. Louis centerfielder Jon Jay became the only Cardinal to get hit by a pitch twice in consecutive games, dating all the way back to 1914. The last big leaguer to get drilled twice in back to back games was Houston's Craig Biggio (May 7-8, 2000).
Jhonny Peralta is the first Cardinal shortstop since Edgar Renteria in 2004 to hit 30 or more doubles in a season, picking up #30 and #31 Saturday night.
Matt Adams has a team leading five triples on the season for St. Louis.
Jedd Gyorko's 31 career home runs as a Padres second baseman set a franchise record, surpassing Mark Loretta (30). Gyorko has hit both of San DIego's grand slams this season.