No run support, no problem. That has been the mantra this week for the Cardinals' starting pitchers, who have improved on their already gaudy numbers during a stretch of offensive weakness that continued in a 2-1 win over the Padres at Busch Stadium on Saturday.
Outfielder Tommy Pham, summoned from Triple-A on Friday as part of the Cardinals' quest for offense, slid into the top spot of the order, where he doubled and scored the tying run in the sixth and then came home as the winning run in the Cardinals' 2-1 final-at-bat win over the Padres on Saturday.
The Padres will try to put the finishing touches on a successful start to their 10-game road trip, while the Major League-best Cardinals aim to forge a series split when the two teams close out a four-game series at Busch Stadium on Sunday.
The Cardinals' offense didn't exactly break out on Saturday, but it did enough to snap a season-long four-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Padres in front of a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium.
Trevor Rosenthal on Friday allowed a tie-breaking RBI single that sent the Cardinals to their fourth straight defeat. The run allowed also halted his 23 2/3-inning scoreless streak, which dated back to May 5.
Jedd Gyorko delivered a game-tying home run and the game-winning single to send San Diego to a 2-1 win over St. Louis in front of a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium. St. Louis has now lost four straight, its longest losing streak of the season.
The FBI's investigation into an unauthorized entry into the Houston Astros' database has concluded, and federal investigators have recommended that at least one Cardinals employee be charged, CNN reported on Friday. The report did not identify that employee.
Down to three true outfielders with Matt Holliday and Jon Jay on the DL, the Cardinals fortified their outfield depth on Friday by recalling Tommy Pham from Triple-A Memphis. Mike Matheny wasted no time getting Pham involved, starting him in center as the No. 8 hitter in the second of four games against the Padres.
In a season thus far highlighted by winning streaks, the 51-win Cardinals find themselves stuck in bit of an uncharacteristic rut. For the first time this year, the club has dropped three straight home games, the most recent a 5-3, 11-inning loss to the Padres on Thursday.
Matt Carpenter does not need to work longer hours, his manager insists. In fact, Mike Matheny recently threatened -- jokingly, of course -- to fine Carpenter for every minute early he showed up to the ballpark.
The Padres opened a four-game series at Busch Stadium with a 5-3 win over the Cardinals on Thursday after Will Venable broke an 11-inning tie with a two-out, pinch-hit home run off reliever Carlos Villanueva.
Scouting director Chris Correa, a member of the Cardinals' front office since 2009, was dismissed by the organization on Wednesday after he admitted to accessing the Astros' database without authorization. General manager John Mozeliak confirmed the firing, which was first reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday afternoon.
After 65 days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday. Starting position players will be unveiled tonight at 7:30 ET on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN.
The Cardinals had no shortage of run-scoring opportunities on Wednesday, but they lacked the timely hit for a second straight day against a White Sox pitching staff that arrived in town with the American League's second-highest ERA (4.18).
Ponchos and umbrellas became a common sight at Busch Stadium during the wettest June and second-wettest month the city has ever seen, and the trend washed into July as the Cardinals dropped a thrice rain-delayed 7-1 decision to the White Sox on a Wednesday night that dragged into Thursday morning.
Due to continued discomfort around his left wrist, Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with what the club defined as a left wrist stress reaction and bone bruise.
After wading through a rain-delayed start and two subsequent in-game weather stoppages, the White Sox completed their two-game stop at Busch Stadium with a 7-1 victory on Wednesday to secure back-to-back wins over the Cardinals.
The Cardinals signed five players on Thursday, the first day of Major League Baseball's international signing period, highlighted by right-hander Alvaro Seijas out of Venezuela. Seijas, 16, ranked No. 11 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list.
There was no glamour for Lance Lynn on Tuesday night, no making history like his counterpart did, just another workmanlike outing from a guy whose walkout song proclaims that he belongs to the "blue collar crowd."
While the rest of the Cardinals' offense spent the night tied up by White Sox starter Chris Sale and swinging through a high percentage of his pitches, Randal Grichuk went up for each at-bat feeling like he had the advantage.
The White Sox capped a history-making night by starter Chris Sale with an 11-inning, 2-1 win to open a two-game set against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Tuesday. Tyler Flowers' two-out solo homer off reliever Miguel Socolovich in the deciding frame snapped a string of seven scoreless innings by the White Sox offense and put an end to St. Louis' six-game winning streak.
The Cardinals have placed right-hander Matt Belisle on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, retroactive to Friday.
To fill his place on the roster, the club has purchased the contract of right-hander Marcus Hatley from Triple-A Memphis.
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