The day started with a World Series ceremony for the Giants. Against who else, but the team who they eliminated from the NLCS. It was almost as if they were taunting the Cardinals. The Giants also wore gold jerseys. The Cardinals then had to face Matt Cain.
After the third inning, we wondered if Matt Cain was on his way to another perfect game. He was absolutely cruising through the game. During the fourth inning, we were left to wonder if the Cardinals would ever stop hitting. They were dominated for three innings and then Cain absolutely unraveled. An outing that looked so promising ended with him giving up nine runs in the fourth inning and being yanked. Talk about a change of momentum.
The Cardinals won the game by a landslide 14-3 and spoiled the day for Giant’s fans looking to celebrated a 2012 championship with a win today. The Cardinals’ offense performed this beat down without the help of Matt Holliday, who, against his will, took a day of rest. Allen Craig got the start in left and Matt Adams earned his second start of the year at first base.
Matt Carpenter finally got to put his Spring Training work to use as he started at second base for the first time. He finished with a nice three-hit day. Matt Adams, along with pretty much every Cardinal, also had a big day, going three for four with two RBI.
The offense behind Adam Wainwright helped him earn his first win of the season. After working out of a jam in the first inning that started with a leadoff triple from Angel Pagan, Wainwright found his groove and went seven strong innings, only giving up two runs.
The Cardinals fly back to St. Louis tonight, where they’ll play their home opener tomorrow against the Reds at 3:15. As always it should be a spectacle.
Freese ready to go
Third basemen David Freese is believed ready to come off the DL after finishing up his short rehab stint with AAA Memphis. He played the entire game on Sunday and went three-for-five. He is expected to start tomorrow and Ryan Jackson will likely be sent down to make room for Freese.