Framing the Friars: Bullpen Contains Cardinals in Padres’ 4-2 Win

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St. Louis, Missouri

The San Diego Padres chose to make it a “bullpen day” when they met the St. Louis Cardinals on June 12. It was the second game of their three-game series at Busch Stadium.

The Padres used five relief pitchers in their bullpen game today. Matt Strahm made the start and pitched three perfect innings before the Padres gave the ball to Adam Cimber, who allowed only one hit in three scoreless innings. The two combined for seven strikeouts through six innings.

Strahm wasted no time establishing his dominance. He started his evening off with a three-pitch strikeout of Matt Carpenter, and he took off from there. He struck out Tommy Pham and got Jose Martinez to ground out, as he got through the first inning needing only 12 pitches.

Strahm continued to cruise when he went out for the second inning. He made quick work of the three hitters he faced in the frame, retiring them all on nine pitches. Strahm threw 36 pitches over his three innings of work. He struck out four and didn’t allow a baserunner.

Cimber took over in the fourth inning.

He, too, made quick work, needing only 28 pitches to get through three innings. He allowed just one hit, a slow roller down the third base line from Harrison Bader to begin the bottom of the sixth. Cory Spangenberg scooped up the grounder, but the throw was not in time. Cimber induced a double play from the next batter to erase the baserunner.

Craig Stammen entered in the seventh inning with the Padres up 4-0. He ran into some trouble, but was able to preserve the lead. He allowed two runs on four hits, as he gave up singles to three of the first four batters in the inning. He got former Padre Jedd Gyorko to whiff on an 85 mph slider to get out of the inning.

Kirby Yates entered in the eighth inning, allowing only a hit. Brad Hand entered in the bottom of the ninth. He hit a batter, but was able to close out the save, giving the Padres the 4-2 win.

Most of the Padres’ offense came in the fourth inning. Eric Hosmer hit his ninth home run of the season, swinging at the first pitch of the at-bat, a 78 mph curveball from Miles Mikolas, and sending it 418 feet. It landed in the grassy berm behind the center field wall in Busch Stadium. A.J. Ellis added a two-run, bases-loaded single in the inning.

The Padres and Cardinals will play the rubber match on June 13, as they square off in their final meeting of the 2018 season. Eric Lauer will start opposite of Cardinals starter Luke Weaver. The game begins at 5:15 PDT.

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Mike Ursery
Sports editor for the Fayette Advertiser and Fayette Democrat-Leader in Fayette, Missouri. Proud alumnus of Missouri State University. Journalism major. Political science minor. Padre fan. My opinions are my own.

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