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Cardinals Michael Wacha Records First MLB Win Against Mets

St. Louis Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha was able to record his first big league victory in his third start despite allowing a home run to Omar Quintanilla, a sacrifice fly to Marlon Byrd, and walking three batters all in the first inning, Wacha settled down after a rocky first inning to complete six innings,  and the Cardinals beat the New York Mets 9-2. He did not allow another run nor did he record another walk after the first inning. Officially, Wacha’s performance is considered a quality start, but he will have to have to be more... 
 

Adam Wainwright Wins 9th, Freese, Carpenter Extend Hitting Streaks

The St. Louis Cardinals entered Great American Ballpark tonight with a three game lead over the rival Cincinnati Reds in the National League Central. With staff ace, Adam Wainwright, on the mound, the team was confident in their chances of extending their lead to four games. That is exactly what they did–winning the game 9-2. Wainwright competed well tonight against the division rival. He was able to scatter seven hits over seven innings while allowing just two earned runs. He compiled seven strikeouts to just one walk–improving his... 
 

Michael Wacha Struggles, Cardinals Lose in Extras

Although St Louis Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha struck out the side in the first inning, he was unable to replicate the success that he had in his first outing. Wacha found his pitch count elevated up to 41 pitches after just two innings. He had just the inning he needed in the third–setting down the Arizona  Diamondbacks in order on just five pitches. However, the fourth and fifth were problem innings for Wacha. He allowed three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth and after getting just two outs, he was replaced by fellow rookie, Seth... 
 

Michael Wacha Solid in Major League Debut – Gets No Decision

When asked by the St. Louis media what he thought of his call-up, Michael Wacha confidently said, “I’m here to stay.” If he continues having starts like he had tonight, then he is right–he is here to stay and will be here for a long time. Wacha successfully lived up to the hype in his Major League debut against the Kansas City Royals. He pitched seven strong innings, allowing just two hits and one earned run while recording six strikeouts. He ramped up his fastball to 96 MPH while keeping hitters off balance with a filthy... 
 

Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday Lead Cardinals Rally Past Royals

Before tonight’s game, the St. Louis Cardinals were 0-12 when trailing after 7 innings this season. They are now 1-12 thanks to their comeback victory against the cross-state rival Kansas City Royals. With the Cardinals trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the 6th inning, Matt Holliday cut the lead in half with a laser-shot solo home run to the left-center field bleachers. However, on a ground out by George Kottaras, the Royals tacked on a run in the top of the 8th to increase their lead to 3-1. Thus, entering the bottom of the 8th, the Cardinals... 
 

No Motte? No Problem, Edward Mujica Perfect For Cardinals

When St. Louis Cardinals closer, Jason Motte, went down before the season with an elbow injury that ultimately required season-ending Tommy John surgery, Cardinal nation was worried about who would fill this hole. Last season, Motte was third in the MLB with 42 saves. Motte also had a 5:1 strikeout-to-walk–a true luxury for a power-pitching closer. Thus, the hole left by Motte was massive, and the Cardinals felt that Mitchell Boggs, an extremely successful set-up man last season, was the their next best option. However, Boggs was unable to... 
 

St. Louis Cardinals Send Oscar Taveras to the DL With Ailing Ankle

On May 12, Cardinals prospect, Oscar Taveras, injured his right ankle while attempting to steal second against the Fresno Grizzlies. According to a team official, Taveras was listed as day-to-day when an x-ray of the ankle came up negative. Thus, it did not look like it would be that big of a deal, and he would be back on the field in less than a week. On May 26, exactly two weeks after the injury, Taveras was expected back in the lineup for the Memphis Redbirds. He had been running sprints and doing agility drills throughout the week so his return... 
 
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