Fresh off two series wins against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies, the Arizona Diamondbacks continued their hot start to the 2018 by taking two of three games on the road against the St. Louis Cardinals.
With a 7-2 overall record, Arizona sits atop the NL West division ahead of a three-game set against the Giants in San Francisco.
Let’s recap how the D-backs fared in The Gateway City.
“Effectively wild” may be the best way to describe Ray’s outing. Although he struck out nine Cardinals across six innings of work, he also allowed five walks. Fortunately for him, Wainwright couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning after allowing three runs on four hits and three walks of his own.
Neither bullpen surrendered any runs, and it was the D-backs who wound up coming away with the 3-1 win Thursday night.
Greinke also pitched five innings but struggled to consistently get outs en route to allowing five earned runs.
The rubber match of the series on Sunday followed much of the narrative of the rest of the series – a close game that came down to timely hitting in the later innings. There was a bit of a twist, however.
Arizona’s manager Torey Lovullo was ejected in the second inning for arguing balls and strikes. It grabbed national attention because of Molina’s involvement. Lovullo appeared to call out Molina’s pitch framing, and Molina didn’t take kindly to it.
Both pitchers dealt through six innings, and Weaver pitched into the seventh. The game was knotted at one until David Peralta’s go-ahead, two-run home run snuck over right-center field wall, and Pollock launched a solo shot to extend the lead to 4-1.
NEXT SERIES: @ San Francisco Giants, April 9-11
Monday: 7:15 p.m. MST
Tuesday: 7:15 p.m. MST
Wednesday: 12:45 p.m. MST