Luke Weaver’s last outing didn’t exactly go as planned.
While facing the Atlanta Braves, the 24 year old righty only managed 4.2 innings and gave up 8 earned runs on 10 hits.
After tonight, I’d say he got over it.
After 5 innings the San Fransisco Giants had yet to get a hit and Luke Weaver was cruising. Jedd Gyorko made a great diving stop on a ground ball by Gorkys Hernandez but lost it on the transfer allowing the Giants to obtain their first hit in the 6th. Later in the inning Weaver left a changeup high to Allen Hanson and suddenly the Giants were on the board with a 2-Run Homer, but don’t worry. The Cardinals already had 9 runs at that point.
The Cardinals elected to stay with Weaver for the 7th and 8th inning, and he stayed efficient. He finished his day with 8 IP | 2 H | 2 ER | 0 BB | 7 K on just 93 pitches. Brett Cecil finished it off in the 9th inning striking out one.
As mentioned, the offense came alive tonight. All Cardinal starters recorded a hit (including Weaver) while Gyorko had 5 RBI including a home run. Carpenter and Bader also homered. The Cardinals recorded 18 hits in total giving the Giants trouble from the get go. They preyed on Johnny Cueto early, scoring 4 runs in the first inning. Turns out that’s all they needed, but it was a good showing from multiple players.
Let’s hope the offense continues into tomorrow when Paul DeJong is expected to return. The Cards have certainly missed his bat in the lineup and his steady defense at shortstop.
For Game 2, the Cardinals will send John Gant to the mound to face Dereck Rodriguez of San Francisco. Rodriguez is the son of Hall Of Fame catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez.
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