Tim Cooney still undefeated [Cardinals 9, Phillies 3]

Cards WIN

The Cardinals secured a win in the first start filled because of the loss of Adam Wainwright. The starter was Tim Cooney, making his major league debut and it wasn’t pretty. His first inning was ok, he worked around 2 singles. In the second inning he walked the leadoff man and he scored after two more singles. In the third inning he only got one out and gave up a HR, double and single. Then Mike Matheny took him out of the game which was probably for the best – as long as they give him another start, except the Cardinals still needed their pitchers to get 22 more outs. None of the runs he allowed were that troubling as the Cardinals had scored 3 times in the bottom of the 1st when the first four hitters of the game got hits. After the Phillies tied it in the 3rd, the Cardinals got 2 more in the bottom of the inning and 2 more in the both the 5th and 8th as well. Pitching wise, Carlos Villanueva saved the Cards by pitching 3 2/3 perfect innings and the Phillies didn’t get another hit for the rest of the game actually until Kevin Siegrist allowed one in the 9th. So alls well that ends well, but the Cardinals bullpen can’t be expected to do this every 5 days. I’d give Cooney another start with Villanueva as backup again and hope that Marco Gonzales is healthy soon, he seems to be the long term solution. On the bright side, while Cooney gave up a lot of hits, he only walked one batter – he only threw 28 of 52 pitches for strikes but at least he could throw something over the plate and avoid a walk, it just happened to get hit hard most of the time for him yesterday. Offensively, Matt Adams hit his 3rd HR of the season and his average is now above .300. Can he sustain this and be a hitter again? I’m not too bullish but I’d sure like to be proven wrong.

And, aside from the problem of their Ace still being injured, the Cardinals have bounced back so far and took 3 out of 4 from the Phillies. The Phillies are a pretty bad team though – the Cardinals are on a 3 game winning streak and the other two times they’ve done that so far this year, they’ve gone on to win at least one more game. They have a tougher opponent tonight and this weekend with the Pirates. They’re also done with April baseball – It’s May!

Cardinals Debut: Tim Cooney (MLB Debut)

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