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Matt Carpenter slugged a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday as the Cardinals roared back to beat the Blue Jays 8-4 in the first game of a doubleheader.

Carpenter hit an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth and then ended the game with his four-run blast in the 11th, finishing 2-for-5 with a walk and five RBI in the afternoon victory. Randal Grichuk sent the game to extras with a game-tying two-run blast off Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna in the ninth. Carpenter, 31, is slashing .250/.373/.417 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 18 games this season.
Apr 27 - 5:34 PM

Randal Grichuk came off the bench and went 2-for-2 with three RBI in the Cardinals' comeback victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday afternoon.

Grichuk pinch-hit for Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez in the bottom of the seventh and laced an RBI single into center field. He then tied the game with a dramatic two-run homer off Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Grichuk, 25, is batting .250/.299/.458 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 21 games this season for St. Louis.
Apr 27 - 5:30 PM

Carlos Martinez allowed three earned runs over six innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Blue Jays.

Martinez gave up a long home run to Russell Martin in the second inning and he walked three batters in Toronto's two-run sixth inning, but it was an altogether encouraging start from the 25-year-old right-hander, who had been shaky since his excellent Opening Night performance against the Cubs. Martinez struck out eight in the Cardinals' extra-innings victory on Thursday afternoon and he now has 39 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings this season.
Apr 27 - 5:22 PM

Sam Tuivailala will serve as the Cardinals' 26th man in Thursday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays.

Tuivailala is only be eligible to pitch in the second game. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed one run over three innings of relief earlier this season for St. Louis before getting optioned to Triple-A Memphis.
Apr 27 - 11:19 AM

Wednesday night's game between the Blue Jays and Cardinals has been postponed due to rain.

The forecast calls for continuous rain throughout the day and night in St. Louis, so this one gets an early bang. Carlos Martinez was set to face off against Mat Latos with a 7:15 p.m. CT start time. The game will be made up with a split doubleheader (12:45 p.m. CT and 6:15 p.m. CT) on Thursday at Busch Stadium.
Apr 26 - 12:54 PM

Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Tuesday that John Gant (groin) can "start pushing a little bit" in his rehab.

Gant was placed on the major league disabled list at the end of March with a severe right groin strain. The 24-year-old right-hander will probably be sent to Triple-A Memphis once he returns to full strength. Acquired from the Braves this winter in the Jaime Garcia trade, Gant is organizational rotation depth for St. Louis.
Apr 26 - 11:39 AM

Luke Weaver (back) could return to the rotation at Triple-A Memphis within a week.

Weaver threw a successful round of live batting practice Tuesday at the Cardinals' spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida. The talented 23-year-old right-hander was placed on the minor league disabled list April 10 because of lower back stiffness. He could be an option for the Cardinals' rotation by early-to-mid May, but all five spots are filled at the moment.
Apr 26 - 11:36 AM

Cardinals signed RHP Mark Montgomery to a minor league contract.

The deal happened shortly after he was released by the Yankees just before Opening Day. Montgomery was once thought of as a potential closer of the future in New York but has battled control issues. Still, he has a career 11.9 K/9 rate in the minors and a 16/1 K/BB ratio over his first 10 1/3 relief innings this season at Triple-A Memphis. The 26-year-old is a nice depth addition for St. Louis.
Apr 26 - 9:55 AM

Michael Wacha held the Blue Jays to two runs while whiffing six across six frames in Tuesday’s extra-innings loss.

Wacha deserved better than a no-decision. He was cruising along until the fourth inning, when Matt Adams wasn’t able to field a catchable ball at first base and then a throwing error by Stephen Piscotty opened the door to a couple runs. The righty looked good in this one, touching 97 mph regularly while flashing his nasty changeup. Wacha and his 2.55 ERA will square off against the Reds on Sunday.
Apr 26 - 12:29 AM

Jedd Gyorko went 3-for-5 with an RBI single on Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Gyorko got the scoring going with an RBI single in the first inning, and he later added another single and a double. The veteran infielder has taken hold of the Cardinals' third base job and has also been batting cleanup of late.
Apr 26 - 12:11 AM

Jose Martinez hit his first major league home run on Tuesday versus the Blue Jays.

It was a big one, as Martinez didn't start but entered as part of a double switch and delivered a game-tying, two-run shot in the seventh inning. Martinez had a chance to be a hero again in the 11th but flied out to end it with the tying run on second base. Martinez (.375/.429/.531) has clearly outplayed Randal Grichuk (.229/.270/.400) so far, but to this point the Cardinals haven't really shown an inclination to give the 28-year-old more starts in left field.
Apr 26 - 12:08 AM

Matt Carpenter was suspended one game by Major League Baseball for bumping into an umpire on Sunday.

Carpenter made contact with the home plate ump Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee after getting ejected for arguing a called third strike. He was set to bat second for St. Louis on Tuesday night against the Blue Jays, but the 31-year-old first baseman has decided not to appeal the ruling.
Apr 25 - 4:28 PM

Cardinals prospect Chris Ellis struck out eight hitters on Monday for Triple-A Memphis.

Ellis allowed just two earned runs while walking just one over his 6 2/3 innings for the Redbirds. That start saw his ERA drop to 8.20, so he was obviously in need of a quality start. The former Braves and Angels prospect has shown quality stuff at times, but consistency hasn't been his friend. He's worth monitoring, but there's a lot of volatility here.
Apr 25 - 1:30 PM

Kolten Wong went 2-for-2 with an RBI, two walks, a stolen base, and two runs scored Sunday in the Cardinals' 6-4 defeat of the Brewers.

Wong made an error in the sixth inning and was picked off at second base by Brewers catcher Manny Pina in the third inning, but it was a positive afternoon overall for the 26-year-old second baseman. He's batting .229/.339/.417 with one home run, eight RBI, two stolen bases, and five runs scored through 17 games this season for St. Louis.
Apr 23 - 5:46 PM

Mike Leake held the Brewers to two earned runs over six innings Sunday for his third victory.

Leake walked three but gave up only three hits in another fine outing. The 29-year-old right-hander is now 3-1 on the season with a 1.32 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 20/4 K/BB ratio in four starts covering 27 1/3 innings. A matchup at home versus the Reds is next.
Apr 23 - 5:39 PM


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