Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 5
The Arizona Diamondbacks went from stunned to elated in one wild
Chris Young rescued Arizona’s much-maligned bullpen with his
second homer of the game, a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth
that gave the Diamondbacks a 7-5 victory over the St. Louis
“You talk about a range of emotions. What a game,” Arizona
manager A.J. Hinch said. “We scored a lot of runs (five) with two
outs and that’s a good sign.”
Albert Pujols had three RBIs for the Cardinals, who trailed by
three going into the ninth before rallying to tie it on a wild
pitch by winner Esmerling Vasquez (1-2).
Kyle McClellan (0-2) retired the first two Diamondbacks in the
bottom half before Miguel Montero singled and Young hit a drive to
“He put a good swing on a bad pitch,” McClellan said, “and
that’s what big league hitters do.”
Adam LaRoche doubled home two runs in the first inning and added
an RBI single in the seventh for Arizona. Young hit a solo homer in
The Diamondbacks’ bullpen, with the worst ERA in the majors at
7.33 entering the day, couldn’t hold the lead. Felipe Lopez doubled
leading off the ninth and closer Chad Qualls was charged with an
error when he bobbled a toss to first base on Colby Rasmus’
Pujols hit an RBI single and, one out later, Randy Winn drove in
a run with a single. Vasquez came on for Qualls and uncorked a wild
pitch that allowed Pujols to score the tying run.
Vasquez was charged with a blown save, but he retired Yadier
Molina and Skip Schumaker with Winn on second to keep the score
Moments later, Young ended it.
“Adrenalin was flowing and at that point, you’re just trying to
see it and hit it,” Young said. “He gave me a good pitch to hit.
I knew it had a chance.”
Arizona starter Edwin Jackson got through 6 2-3 innings and
scattered eight hits before departing with runners on second and
third. He hasn’t beaten the Cardinals in five appearances.
St. Louis ace Chris Carpenter wasn’t sharp with his command
through his six innings. He had to wiggle out of two bases-loaded
situations in his last two innings of work and walked a season-high
five. He struck out eight and allowed six hits.
The Diamondbacks got two runs in the seventh off reliever Dennys
Reyes. Stephen Drew hit a leadoff double and scored on LaRoche’s
single. Montero then hit an RBI double high off the center-field
Montero caught his first full game in two months after a long
stint on the disabled list with a partially torn meniscus in his
Pujols lined a two-run double in the seventh off reliever Aaron
Heilman, with both runs charged to Jackson. Pujols was 2 for 11 in
the three-game series and finished the team’s six-game road trip 3
The Cardinals went 1-5 on their road trip through Los Angeles
“Tough loss and tough road trip,” manager Tony La Russa said.
“We gave ourselves a great chance and I thought we were going to
pull it off but we didn’t.”
NOTES: Diamondbacks LHP Dontrelle Willis has a minor infection
in his left hand after splitting a nail during his last start,
though Hinch said it can’t get worse. Willis will be available out
of the bullpen as a situational lefty when the Diamondbacks are in
Boston starting Monday. Carpenter tied a career high with two