Pitching struggles sink Cardinals against Braves

It was a rough day for Cardinals pitching.

Jake Woodford (0-1) gave up six earned runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out three in 4.1 innings Monday against Atlanta. He took the loss. The Braves scored five runs on two home runs in the second, sending nine men to bat.

To put it into perspective for those at home: Woodford allowed just three home runs all of last season (91 1/3 IP). However, he allowed three home runs before he even completed the second inning of his season.

St. Louis recorded 12 hits and stranded 11 runners against four Braves pitchers.

“Obviously you want to drive in as many as you can,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “I like where we’re at. We never felt out of it in the game. We’re taking tough at-bats. Did we leave guys? Yes. But you’ve got to get on base.”

Charlie Morton (1-0) pitched 5 1/3 innings to notch the win. The 39-year-old Morton scattered nine hits in giving up three runs. He walked two with one strikeout in his 21st career start against St. Louis. He is 4-12 lifetime against the Cardinals.

It was a home run derby in St. Louis on Monday night, as Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley, and Paul Goldschmidt all went yard on the evening.

(Photo Credit: ESPN)

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