Matt Carpenter started Sunday night's 2-1 victory over the Reds off with a bang, launching a Mike Leake offering over the wall in center field.
The blast was his second of the season, and was the only scoring that the Cardinals would do until Kolten Wong's game-winning sacrifice fly in the eighth inning. He finished the night 2-for-3 and has been a force atop the Cardinals lineup this season, slashing a robust .400/.449/.689 with two long balls and 10 RBI.
Jordan Walden slammed the door on the Reds in the ninth inning on Sunday, preserving a one-run advantage to earn his first save of the season.
Walden was filling in for Trevor Rosenthal who had thrown an excess of pitches on Saturday. He proved more than a capable replacement, allowing just a Brennan Boesch single in his inning of work. The veteran right-hander boasts a 1.35 ERA and 1.20 WHIP on the young season.
Adam Wainwright was outstanding in Sunday's victory over the Reds, allowing just one run on seven hits over eight strong frames.
Wainwright punched out four on the evening while walking two. The only damage against him came on a two-out bloop RBI single off the bat of Brandon Phillips in the third inning. He went toe-to-toe with Mike Leake who was terrific on the other side as well and was eventually able to scratch out the win. He'll carry an impressive 1.71 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 14/3 K/BB ratio into Saturday's matchup against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Brandon Phillips went 2-for-4 with an RBI, plating the Reds lone run in a losing effort against the Cardinals on Sunday night.
His two-out bloop single off Adam Wainwright in the third inning scored Joey Votto for what would be the extent of the Reds offense on Sunday. Phillips is off to a nice start at the plate, slashing .304/.319/.304, though he has only four RBI hitting primarily cleanup for the Reds.
Mike Leake delivered a strong performance against the Cardinals on Sunday Night, allowing two runs on four hits over eight innings in a complete game loss.
Leake struck out two on the night and didn't issue a walk, needing just 86 pitches to complete six frames. After surrendering a leadoff homer to Matt Carpenter, he kept the Cardinals off the board until a Kolten Wong sacrifice fly in the eighth. Through three starts, he's now 0-1 with a 3.92 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 13/7 K/BB ratio. He'll look for that elusive first win on Friday when he does battle against the Cubs.
Scott Van Slyke went 3-for-4 with three RBI, including a two-run home run, in Sunday's 7-0 win over the Rockies.
Van Slyke hit an RBI double in the second inning and a two-run home run (his first of the season) in the sixth. His other hit was a double, non-RBI variety. Van Slyke only has 11 at-bats on the season, but he has five hits in those at-bats, four of which have gone for extra bases. The 28-year-old is a legitimate weapon off the bench when the Dodgers face left-handed pitchers.
Dodgers sent LHP Ryan Dennick outright to Double-A Tulsa.
Dennick was designated for assignment no Friday but passed through waivers unclaimed and will function as organizational depth for the Dodgers. He should get an opportunity with the big league club at some point during the 2015 season.
Joc Pederson hit an RBI double and a solo home run in Sunday's 7-0 win over the Rockies.
Pederson knocked in Scott Van Slyke with his RBI double in the second inning. He then homered in the sixth, going back-to-back with Van Slyke. The modern day Bash Brothers combined to drive in five of the Dodgers' seven runs. Pederson finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI. The home run was his second of the season, the two RBI bringing him up to six. Pederson's hitting .289/.438/.553 and is showing none of the troubles that are often seen with 23-year-old hitters. It'll be interesting to watch the youngster's batting line progress as pitchers make their in-season adjustments.