On the afternoon that the San Francisco Giants celebrated their 2012 World Series victory, the team they eliminated to get there crashed the party. The St. Louis Cardinals tacked on 14 runs to pummel the defending champions Sunday afternoon.
Giants ace Matt Cain was no match for the determined Cardinal lineup today and was gone before the fourth inning. St. Louis knocked out 15 hits, led by Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams with three each–and Carpenter along with center fielder Jon Jay scored as many runs. Sunday afternoon was by far the most productive day for the Cardinals’ offense in 2013.
Lost in the shuffle was a strong second start by St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright. He scattered seven hits for just two earned runs with six strikeouts. Waino had his way with the Giants last fall pitching to nearly the same amount of success as Sunday. It was an important start for Wainwright as he needed to erase his mediocre start that opened the 2013 Cardinals season. Wainwright is the leader of the rotation and is looking to set the example for the other starters.
But in the end, the day belonged to the versatile Carpenter–a player I’m a big fan of–as he scored three runs with as many RBI and hits in five at bats before being spelled by Ryan Jackson. Off to a great start through 30 plate appearances, Carpenter has a .389 wOBA and is slugging .480. Furthermore, he’s using his versatility to allow the Cardinals to plug in certain players on days they face a particular pitcher–Carpenter can play almost any position on the field except for pitcher or catcher.
Today was a great win for St. Louis and on a day meant for the Giants, they showed their resolve is still as strong as ever.