Everything went right.
For the St. Louis Cardinals, that is.
Everybody in the starting lineup got at least one hit. It was the opposite of the past week, where the Cardinals have been striking out almost 10 times per game.
Matt Carpenter went 3-4 with his first home run of the season, as the Cardinals routed the Nationals 14-3 on Tuesday night. Following his home run, Carpenter received a curtain call from the Busch Stadium crowd, showing their admiration for one of the longest tenured players on the team.
Meanwhile, one of the newest stars on the team, Nolan Arenado, continues to make a dominant impression in St. Louis, belting his third home run of the season, and notching three RBI’s. Paul Goldschmidt also hit a home run and notched three RBI’s.
The Cardinals piled on four runs in the third, and nine runs in the fifth inning.
As for the pitching, it was the best start of the young season, especially for ace Jack Flaherty. The 25-year old went five innings, struck out six, and only allowed one run on three hits. Genesis Cabrera, Kodi Whitley, and Daniel Ponce de Leon combined only allowed three hits and two runs for the remaining four innings of the game.
Washington’s best pitcher? Utility player Hernan Perez. He put the Cardinals down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was Perez’s eighth career pitching appearance.
Tomorrow, Adam Wainwright gets the start for St. Louis, and Yadier Molina gets the start at catcher. It will be the 2,000th game of Molina’s career, just the sixth catcher in MLB history to achieve that feat. He’s also the first catcher to achieve the feat with one team.