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The Saint Louis Cardinals paid a patriotic visit to our hometown 9 but were uncouth guests as they took 2 of 3 games from the Seattle Mariners giving the True to the Blue their 6th loss in 7 games. Since the days of Tony LaRussa and Fernando Tatis (senior), the St. Louis Cardinals have been the model of old school baseball finding ways to win and taking advantage of opportunity as it arises.
Not a slave to new wave ideas, the Cardinals take into account the stats, but handle each season, each series, each game, and each player accordingly as times and needs change. This includes coaching, it includes psychology, and it includes good old fashioned smart baseball that has seen them only have 1 losing season in 20 years. This is in complete contradiction to what we have seen from our Seattle Mariners for the last 2 decades as they are adrift once again hoping for a better tomorrow as the series played out.
Jul 2 vs Cardinals W 5-4
Mariner shortstop Tim Beckham has taken a backseat to rookie JP Crawford as of late and has had few opportunities to make in impact. On Tuesday he took full advantage of a pinch hit appearance in the 8th inning to put the Mariners ahead and in position to win the game.
“It’s been a battle, man,” Beckham said. “I mean when you’re platooning and trying to find your timing at the plate and find (at-bats), it’s not easy. When you’re in that role, you want to go up there and you can’t afford to miss a fastball.”
Matt Carasiti stumbled in the 1st inning allowing a Jose Martinez solo shot to put the M’s behind 1-0. Wade LeBlanc came out and went 4 2/3rd inning of an uneven performance; however, he allowed just the 1 run, which unfortunately Anthony Bass couldn’t replicate as he allowed a 2 run dinger to Yario Munoz.
After the Beckham blast, Mariners reliever Austin Adams used his evil slider to strike out 4 straight batters. Roenis Elias would come in to mop up and preserve the victory.
“He’s run through some really good hitters and makes them look silly at times,” Servais said of Adams. “He just gets them so sped up with the velocity and the late break on that pitch. It is an outlier. It is a different kind of slider. You don’t see many of those in this league.”
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Jul 3 vs Cardinals L 5-2
Austin Adams would not have as nice of a night on Wednesday as he would allow 3 runs in just 2/3rds innings. Starter Mike Leake went 7 and 2/3rd striking out 7 and preventing any runs. Adams would have a horror show in the 9th allowing 2 singles and a walk to load the bases. Roenis Elias threw gas on the fire allowing the 3 runs belonging to Adams and two more of his own.
To be fair, the Mariners offense could have helped in some semblance, but rather they went 5-31 on the night with just 5 hits and 2 runs. A sickening 14 Mariners struck out while only 3 batters walked. “Controlling the zone” was not in the cards tonight as the Cardinals pitchers put the handcuffs on the True to the Blue.
Jul 4 vs Cardinals
Mariner shortstops JP Crawford and Tim Beckham hit homers on the 4th of July. The Mariners would get plenty of base runners as 13 men would see the bags. But wouldn’t be enough to drag the M’s back to a victory. Timely hitting was missing as they hit into 4 double plays.
Tommy Milone would earn the loss as he went just 5 innings surrendering 5 runs. The veteran lefty has been a bit of a hard luck case as the M’s always seem to play their worst games when he pitches, but this time, he wasn’t that sharp and the crafty Cardinals do what they have been doing for almost 2 decades and stealing victory from the jaws of defeat—while the Mariners have been doing what they have been doing for the last 18 years, finding new ways to lose.