St. Louis Cardinals | Regional Daily News http://www.regionaldailynews.com/pages/index.cfm?id=435 St. Louis Cardinals 2015-05-04T08:03:24Z St. Louis Cardinals Cards' pitching impressive in series vs. Bucs The starters -- Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Michael Wacha -- had a 0.92 ERA in 19 2/3 innings against the Pirates. The bullpen allowed just the two runs in 15 1/3 innings. Wong's walk-off homer caps thrilling series Kolten Wong may have experienced a little deja vu while rounding the bases in the bottom of the 14th against the Pirates on Sunday. Wong's second home run of the season, a 421-foot blast deep into the right-field bleachers over the bullpen, gave the Cardinals their third consecutive walk-off win against the Pirates -- the latest by a 3-2 score. Lyons to pitch in Wainwright's place Tuesday Cardinals manager Mike Matheny announced Sunday that righty Tyler Lyons will get the start on Tuesday against the Cubs. Lyons will become the second pitcher to take Adam Wainwright's (left Achilles) spot in the rotation. Martinez, Cardinals welcome in rival Cubs for first time Walden placed on 15-day DL; Tuivailala recalled The Cardinals placed relief pitcher Jordan Walden on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's game against the Pirates and have recalled fellow righty Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A Memphis. Cards walk off, sweep Bucs with Wong's homer Kolten Wong's home run with one out in the 14th inning Sunday gave the Cardinals a 3-2 victory over the Pirates and extended to six a winning streak half-comprised of pulsating, extra-inning walk-off wins over Pittsburgh. Bullpen fuels Cards' 5-game winning streak Cardinals relievers have now pitched 20 consecutive scoreless innings, spanning five games. The bullpen's latest effort helped the Cardinals complete a 2-1 comeback win over the Pirates. Confident Cardinals working together as a unit Even though the Pirates had the majority of the scoring opportunities during Saturday's game at Busch Stadium, there was confidence in the Cardinals' dugout that somehow the Redbirds would find a way to win. Cards notch another walk-off win vs. Bucs October baseball in early May? That's how it felt Saturday, when the Pirates and the Cardinals got into it for 11 more tense innings before Matt Carpenter's sacrifice fly off Jared Hughes with one out in the 11th gave St. Louis another 2-1 win. Their second consecutive extra-inning win over the Bucs by that score extended the Redbirds' winning streak to five. Aggressive baserunning pays off for Cardinals With just 17 steals in his 13 years in the Majors, Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta wasn't the most likely candidate to be the lead runner in a double steal with the game on the line. Reynolds, replay keep Cardinals in it Normally a threat to go deep, Mark Reynolds hit an infield single in the seventh, which tied the game and allowed the Cardinals to complete the comeback with a 2-1 win in 10 innings. Trio of Matts at it again for Cardinals Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday and Matt Adams were major parts of a two-out rally to score the game-winning walk-off run as the Cardinals beat the Pirates, 2-1, in 10 innings on Friday night. Cards call up Socolovich, option Cooney The Cardinals called up right-hander Miguel Socolovich from Triple-A Memphis before Friday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Adams, Cardinals walk off Pirates in opener After A.J. Burnett and Lance Lynn dueled, Matt Adams' 10th-inning, two-out RBI single off Rob Scahill gave the Cardinals a 2-1 walk-off win over the Pirates on Friday in St. Louis. Villanueva comfortable as 'insurance policy' At least a cursory candidate for Thursday's start before the Cardinals assigned it to Tim Cooney, Carlos Villanueva may have pitched himself into stronger consideration for a spot start in five days. Cardinals rolling on offense since lineup change Since Tuesday, a new-look Cardinals lineup has scored 25 times in three wins, the most recent a 9-3 victory over the Phillies on Thursday. Lack of command hinders Cooney in debut Reality didn't entirely measure up to the dream for lefty Tim Cooney, whose presence in the Cardinals' 9-3 win over the Phillies turned out to be rather brief. In covering only 2 1/3 innings, Cooney posted the shortest start by a Cardinals pitcher making his debut since Donovan Osborne in 1992. Mattitude: Trio drives Cardinals past Phillies Despite the less-than-desirable debut from lefty Tim Cooney, the Cardinals ended a four-game series against the Phillies with a 9-3 win at Busch Stadium on Thursday behind a blitz attack from the top half of their lineup. Stanley learns plenty during first callup with Cardinals Catcher Cody Stanley rejoined the Triple-A Memphis club on Thursday after being optioned out to create a place on the Cardinals' 25-man roster for lefty Tim Cooney. Gonzales to resume throwing soon Lefty Marco Gonzales, who stopped throwing after his April 20 start due to tightness in his left pectoral muscle, is expected to resume playing catch late this week. Assuming Gonzales has no additional setbacks, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he expects the lefty to make his next Triple-A Memphis start on or around May 10. No surprises during Waino's Achilles surgery Adam Wainwright underwent successful surgery to repair his torn left Achilles on Thursday, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak announced before the team's series finale against the Phillies. The procedure was performed by Dr. George Paletta, former head team physician, and attended by head athletic trainer Greg Hauk. Calling for designated hitter in NL an overreaction Every time a high-profile pitcher is hurt while batting or running the bases, you get people demanding that the National League adopt the designated hitter rule. Shift helps Wong rack up career-high 10 assists The Phillies' left-handed lineup kept Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong especially active in Wednesday's 5-2 win. He finished with a career-high 10 assists, also the most of any player in the Majors this season. Bourjos makes most of rare opportunity Placing his confidence in Peter Bourjos' career success against Aaron Harang (7-for-15) and not the outfielder's season start (1-for-10 with a .250 OBP), manager Mike Matheny made the somewhat unexpected move of placing the speedy center fielder in the leadoff spot on Wednesday. Bourjos' RBI triple sparks four-run fifth as Cards down Phils Buoyed by a four-run fifth against a pitcher that had allowed that many runs in his first four starts combined, the Cardinals grabbed a 5-2 win over the Phillies at Busch Stadium on Wednesday to ensure that they'll end April without losing a single series. Facing Phillies a 'dream come true' for Cooney Facing the Phillies, his favorite team growing up, is a "dream come true" for Cardinals starter Tim Cooney. Holliday, Molina seeking 7th All-Star Game appearances On Wednesday, Major League Baseball released its 2015 All-Star Game ballot, which features the eight Cardinals position players who took the field as part of the team's Opening Day lineup. Five of the eight have been All-Stars before, including left fielder Matt Holliday and catcher Yadier Molina, who have been voted to an All-Star team six times apiece. Matheny shakes up lineup and Cardinals respond With some in the offense scuffling, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny decided on Tuesday to see what the first substantial lineup shakeup of the season would do. He received an overwhelming response. Cardinals break out on offense to top Phillies Responding to manager Mike Matheny's shakeup of the batting order, the Cardinals spoiled Severino Gonzalez's Major League debut by knocking the Phillies righty around for seven quick runs in an 11-5 win at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night. Gardening, guitar, rehab in Waino's future Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright will miss the 2015 season due to a left Achilles injury, and he is looking for outlets to keep him occupied while he rehabs. Regional Daily News 2015-05-04T13:03:24Z http://www.regionaldailynews.com/pages/index.cfm?id=435