Cardinals go back to McClellan after delay
The St. Louis Cardinals used a replacement starter before a rain
delay of two hours and 10 minutes to give Kyle McClellan a chance
The Cardinals switched starters due to a threat of a storm,
announcing 40-year-old Miguel Batista as the pitcher about 15
minutes before game time Friday night. Batista threw only six
pitches, opening with a four-pitch walk to Drew Stubbs with three
of the deliveries way out of the strike zone, and Stubbs stole
second before umpires called a halt with a 1-1 count on Brandon
Phillips with the game only two minutes old.
Reds scheduled starter Edinson Volquez warmed up before the
storm hit, and was replaced by Matt Maloney, who got his first
start of the season. Maloney entered with a 7.45 ERA in four
appearances covering 9 2-3 innings.
The majority of a crowd likely in the 30,000 range stuck around
despite three tornado sirens sounding and heavy rain, with
thousands waiting patiently under the stadium decks.
Batista made his first start since July 27, 2010, when he was an
emergency fill-in for Stephen Strasburg with the Washington
Nationals. Batista made the Cardinals, his ninth team, as a long
Batista was 1-0 with 1.29 ERA in five appearances covering seven
innings. McClellan is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA.