Cardinals shut out Diamondbacks
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[July 29, 2017]
ST. LOUIS -- Calling what Trevor
Rosenthal did a save Friday night does not do it justice.
Waved into the game with the potential tying and go-ahead runs in
scoring position and no outs in the top of the eighth inning,
Rosenthal had to face the 2-3-4 hitters in the dangerous Arizona
Not only did he retire all three hitters, he also kept the tying run
from scoring. When Rosenthal rolled through the ninth inning, he had
the first six-out save of his career and the St. Louis Cardinals had
a 1-0 win.
"It's a tough spot," he said. "You have no expectations coming in. I
just wanted to give it my best, and as it progressed, we got to the
spot where if I made one pitch, I could get out of it."
Ketel Marte started the inning with a single off Brett Cecil, and
Daniel Descalso doubled, setting the table for A.J. Pollock, David
Peralta and Paul Goldschmidt.
Pollock struck out as he flailed to no avail at a changeup. Peralta
bounced a 1-0 pitch to second baseman Kolten Wong, who nailed Marte
at the plate. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo asked for a review, but
the replay umpires in New York upheld Greg Gibson's call after 67
Rosenthal then fanned Goldschmidt for the fifth time in nine career
at-bats with another wicked changeup, ending the inning. As the
crowd of 41,230 in Busch Stadium erupted, Rosenthal and catcher
Yadier Molina pumped their fists in jubilation.
"I just kept my focus on what I could control," Rosenthal said. "I
figured if I could make my pitches, it might work out."
He required just nine pitches to close out the ninth. J.D. Martinez
flew out to left, Chris Owings fanned on a changeup and pinch-hitter
Jake Lamb swung through a 101 mph fastball to seal it.
Manager Mike Matheny needed just one word to describe what Rosenthal
"Amazing," Matheny said.
It was a dramatic ending to a game that nearly had a tragic
beginning. Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray was knocked out in the
second when Luke Voit's 108.1 mph liner struck him in the back of
After about two minutes, Ray was able to sit up. He was carted off
the field and taken to a hospital, where three sutures were put into
his head to close the wound. Ray returned to the team hotel after
showering in the visitors' locker room.
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Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha (52) pitches during the
first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium.
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Lovullo was teary-eyed as he talked about Ray.
"As much as we love and care for each other, it hit us a little
bit," Lovullo said. "I'm not going to lie, we were hung over for
Voit went through that scene earlier this year at Triple-A Memphis.
Cardinals prospect Daniel Poncedeleon took a liner off the head and
eventually needed surgery to relieve pressure in his brain.
It was an unwelcome flashback for Voit, who crouched near the mound
with Arizona infielders as Ray was treated.
"It was a scary thing," said Voit. "My heart was up to my throat.
When I heard (Ray) talking, it was very nice."
Ray finished 1 2/3 innings, ceding a hit and a walk while striking
out two. T.J. McFarland (4-3) relieved and worked 3 2/3 effective
innings, but was charged with the loss when Jedd Gyorko singled
Tommy Pham home in the sixth with the game's only run. It was
unearned thanks to an error on Descalso at third that allowed Pham
Michael Wacha (8-4) won for the fifth time in six starts, permitting
just three hits and a walk in six innings while fanning five.
NOTES: Arizona 3B Jake Lamb was scratched from the lineup just over
two hours before first pitch, with Daniel Descalso taking his place
and leading off. Lamb was diagnosed with soreness after falling into
the seats behind third base in the fourth inning Thursday night as
he caught a foul popup. ... St. Louis RF Stephen Piscotty (right
groin strain) continued his rehab assignment Friday night at Class A
Peoria. He went 1-for-4, doubling home two runs in the fifth inning.
... Diamondbacks 1B Paul Goldschmidt drew a walk in the second
inning Friday night, giving him an major league-high 16 since the
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