Martinez Dominant in Shutout of Phils

Lawrence Kim
June 24, 2017

After flirting with a complete game on numerous occasions-even throwing nine innings recently, Carlos Martinez has finally chased down the elusive feat leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-0 victory over Philadelphia.

The Cardinals entered Friday's game against the Phillies losers of 17 of their last 22 games, a newly reassigned coaching staff, and without veteran infielder Jhonny Peralta. On Saturday, the Cards got another win, this one much more decisive 7-0.

If nothing else, one of the most tumultuous days in recent franchise history sure seemed to have the attention of the players and manager Mike Matheny before and after they finally returned to the win column.

Seung Hwan Oh pitched the ninth, earning his 14th save in 16 chances.

"All I can really say is I'm living out my dream", Martinez said through an interpreter. "I just feel happy".

In the second inning, I was shocked because the Phillies scored a second run on starter Adam Wainwright.

"I felt like I had pretty good command of mostly everything", Wacha said. A shakeup Friday played a hand in a win to snap the club's seven-game losing skid and the streaky Cardinals are hoping it jump-starts another run.

In his last three outings, Wacha has yet to finish five innings.

Last September was also the last time Hellickson struck out more than 5 hitters (15 straight starts).

Hector Neris gave up a run on two hits in the eighth.

Pivetta's fourth-inning balk was the Phillies' seventh balk of the season. "He gave up a lot of hits but beared down when he had to".

There are certain goals and milestones that every pitcher has when they begin their Major League Baseball career-that first strikeout, first win, etc. "We just couldn't score". Nola was sharp until the bottom of the fifth, when he allowed a leadoff double to Kolten Wong, a one-out walk to Greg Garcia, and a two-out go-ahead three-run homer to Dexter Fowler.

St. Louis Cardinals Dexter Fowler raises his arm as he runs the bases after hitting a three run home run.

"It hurts as if I've let them down individually or collectively", Matheny said.

The only scare of the day for Martinez occurred when he was trying to bunt runners over to second and third in the bottom of the seventh.

Tommy Pham, who had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run for St. Louis, said Fowler's home run served as a flawless pick-me-up. Aaron Altherr then tripled off the wall in right. Gyorko finished the scoring with a sacrifice fly to right for his third RBI of the day.

NOTES: St. Louis C Yadier Molina (lower back stiffness) was scratched for a second straight game, with Eric Fryer taking his place.

Nola didn't come back out to pitch the sixth inning, and Joaquin Benoit replaced him. "They're going to take me out, '" Martinez related. They have lost 35 of their last 45 road games, dating to last September and have been outscored 254-164 in those games. The lack of a big hit was a factor in this loss to St. Louis.

"This is all a direct result of how we've been playing", said third baseman Jedd Gyorko.

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