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    St. Louis Cardinals @ Chicago White Sox
    Tuesday, July 21, 7:10 PM CDT , U.S. Cellular Field
    Michael Wacha, RHP
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    Wacha makes his first start since the All-Star break and his first career start against the White Sox. His ERA is at 3.52 in 10 night starts as opposed to 2.08 in seven day starts.
    Carlos Rodon, LHP
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    Rodon makes his first start since the series opener at Wrigley Field on July 10. That break gives him 10 days in between trips to the mound, after going nine days from June 25 to July 5. He has fanned 68 over 66 1/3 innings, but walked 41.
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    St. Louis Cardinals @ Chicago White Sox
    Wednesday, July 22, 7:10 PM CDT , U.S. Cellular Field
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    The veteran southpaw picked up the only win against the Royals by allowing four hits, four walks and striking out four over six scoreless. Both Danks and Jeff Samardzija pitched in Friday?s doubleheader, but Samardzija is getting the extra day.
     
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    The Cardinals were trying to set up there rotation and give extra rest to the young hurlers.. Martinez had to be used which I think the Cardinals could have done something different but who am I... The Cardinals got some help with that 18 inning game with the Mets and that was the Cardinals were off the next day while the Mets had to play Monday. Glad to see the Cardinals have Wacha going in the first game but who the heck is going to go in the next one after that... I don't know when Lyons pitched but I am sure if he can the Cardinals would go with him...
     
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    Holliday's slam lifts Cardinals over White Sox
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    7/21/15: Matt Holliday launches a grand slam to left field off Carlos Rodon in the top of the 4th inning to give the Cardinals a 7-0 lead
    By Greg Garno and Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com | 2:46 AM ET
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    CHICAGO -- Behind an early onslaught of offense from the Cardinals that was punctuated by Matt Holliday's grand slam, St. Louis nabbed an 8-5 victory over the White Sox on Tuesday to open a two-game stop at U.S. Cellular Field.
    The Cardinals scored seven times off White Sox starter Carlos Rodon, who was making his first start since July 10. He gave up run-scoring hits to Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina before Holliday tagged the lefty for his sixth career grand slam. Rodon threw 99 pitches and allowed a season-high seven runs over the four-inning start.
    Cardinals starter Michael Wacha allowed Chicago back into the game, however, as he also allowed a season-high in runs and lasted only five innings. Homers by rookie Tyler Saladino and Geovany Soto accounted for three of the five runs scored off Wacha. Nevertheless, Wacha became the third National League pitcher to 11 wins this season.
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    Wacha strikes out Abreu
    STL@CWS: Wacha fans Abreu to end the 5th inning
    7/21/15: Michael Wacha strikes out Jose Abreu to end the 5th inning for his eighth strikeout of the game
    "I felt really good for the first three and just left some balls up in the zone," said Wacha, who was pitching on 12 days' rest. "I lost control of fastball command. They didn't miss the mistakes in those last couple innings I was out there. I definitely have some stuff to work on for the next start."
    The win improved the Cardinals to 9-9 in Interleague play this season and marked their third victory in four games since the All-Star break. The White Sox, despite scoring more than two runs for just the third time in nine games, lost their third straight.
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    Soto's solo homer
    STL@CWS: Soto drives solo homer to center off Wacha
    7/21/15: Geovany Soto blasts a solo home run to center field off Michael Wacha in the bottom of the 5th to cut the White Sox deficit to 8-3
    "Any time you get in a little bit of a rut it's disappointing," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "It's frustrating when it starts going the other way, but these guys continue to play hard and grind. You've got to be able to turn it back around."
    MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
    Clear the deck: In his third start since returning from a quad strain, Holliday blasted a hanging slider from Rodon 430 feet for his sixth career grand slam. The homer, Holliday's fourth of the season, put the Cardinals ahead, 7-0, in the fourth. It was Holliday's first grand slam since June 9, 2013, against the Reds. More >
    "In that situation, you want to be aggressive," Holliday said. "He has a chance to strike you out if you don't get something early in the count. You're trying to be aggressive early, trying to get something to hit hard, preferably in the air."
    One wasn't enough: Trailing by six runs, the White Sox climbed back into the game with two home runs in the fifth inning. Catcher Soto cleared the fences first with his solo blast to right-center field, his sixth of the season and second since July 17. Saladino hit a two-run shot to left field, his second of his career since being called up July 10.
    One down, many to go: Stephen Piscotty needed only two at-bats to record his first hit in his Major League debut. After striking out with the bases loaded in the second, the left fielder drilled a sharp grounder to third base that Saladino couldn't handle in the fourth. The official scorer ruled it a hit for Piscotty, and the ball was taken out of play so it could be retained as a keepsake by the Cardinals' top prospect. More >
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    STL@CWS: Piscotty singles for first hit in ML debut
    7/21/15: Stephen Piscotty hits an infield single to third in the top of the 4th for his first career hit in his Major League debut
    "When I was able to get the hit and lay off a couple of pitches low and was really able to see it and attack and be in a good hitter's count, after that, I was able to see the ball a lot better," Piscotty said.
    Stranded in the seventh The White Sox had their chance to make up more of an early deficit in the seventh inning, but they left two runners on base with one out. Adam Eaton and Saladino reached second and third, but Jose Abreu grounded out and Melky Cabrera struck out. Chicago finished Tuesday 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position, leaving seven runners on base.
    "We need to get some guys on and knock them in, too," Ventura said. "We did enough to get going, but we didn't have enough to get over the top."
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    "I'm not going to sleep well because of that. It's over and done with so you have to move on from it, but at the same time, that home run means nothing to me because we didn't win. I didn't make the play and if I come up with it you don't know how that outcome will be." --Saladino on allowing Piscotty's hit in the fourth inning
    "It really looked to [pitching coach] Derek [Lilliquist] and I that he was jumpy with his legs. That's something that happens when you get more rest than usual and your legs feel so strong. When you're used to that every fifth day or that sixth [day] and you get that extra rest, you feel strong and your timing gets messed up." -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, on Wacha falling out of sync
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    STL@CWS: Piscotty, Holliday and Wacha discuss 8-5 win
    7/21/15: Stephen Piscotty talks about making his first start in the bigs and while Matt Holliday and Michael Wacha break down the 8-5 win
    SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
    With long balls from Holliday and Mark Reynolds on Tuesday, the Cardinals have now homered in seven consecutive games. It's their longest such streak since the club had 10 straight games with a home run from July 29-Aug. 7, 2011.
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    STL@CWS: Reynolds blasts solo homer off Webb in 5th
    7/21/15: Mark Reynolds hits a long solo home run to left-center field off Daniel Webb to extend the Cardinals' lead to 8-2 in the 5th inning
    SALADINO SHINES
    White Sox third baseman Saladino continues his hot start to his rookie campaign, finishing 3-for-5 with a home run and another run scored. Since he was called up on July 10, Saladino has hit safely in seven of eight games, including a home run in his last game on Sunday. In 26 at-bats, he's hitting 11-for-27, the best mark on his team in that span.
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    STL@CWS: Saladino fields barehanded, nabs Holliday
    7/21/15: Tyler Saladino charges forward to field the ball with his bare hand, then fires a strong throw to first to get Matt Holliday out
    UPON FURTHER REVIEW
    The Cardinals erased what would have been the White Sox's first baserunner by successfully challenging a play in the second inning. The Cardinals asked for the review after Avisail Garcia was ruled safe on an infield single. A 2-minute replay overturned the call.
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    7/21/15: The Cardinals challenge the call that Avisail Garcia is safe at first in the 2nd, and after review the call is overturned
    For the third time in three games, the White Sox challenged a call at first base involving Saladino. Ventura challenged the original call that he was out on the throw from Jhonny Peralta with two outs in the ninth inning. Umpires overturned the call.
    "We're playing with some of the best baseball players in the world so it's definitely not easy," Saladino said. "I'm just trying to keep things as easy as possible and compete."
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    STL@CWS: Saladino ruled safe at first after review
    7/21/15: The White Sox challenge the call that Tyler Saladino is out at first in the 9th and after review, the call is overturned
    WHAT'S NEXT
    Cardinals: Lance Lynn will make his second start of the second half when he faces the White Sox in Wednesday's series finale at U.S. Cellular Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm CT. Lynn allowed one run in a six-inning no-decision against Chicago on June 30.
    White Sox: The White Sox send John Danks to the hill, who looks to build off his hot start to the second half for Wednesday's series finale against the Cardinals. Danks threw six scoreless innings while allowing four hits against the Royals last time out for his eighth quality start of the season.
     
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    That was one crazy game last night... The Cardinals offense has been sluggish over the past month or so but man having Holliday back in there is a big deal to this team in so many ways... Wacha didn't look like himself but lets remember people that he just came off of a 13 days of rest... The Cards and there offense sure was clicking and it is nice to see them having fun... The Cardinals are going for the sweep tonight and I sure hope they can repay the favor the White Sox did to us in St.Louis...
     
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    That's a REDBIRD WINNER!!!!! It didn't look great for the Cardinals or for Lynn but the Cardinals finally came thru and it was Yadi with a Three-run triple!!! Yes I said a 3-run Triple for Yadi... Who says the man can't run!!! Lynn on the other hand was nails for the Cardinals and just gave up those couple of runs... Glad to see that he didn't have to take the lost!!! The Cardinals got the revenge that they wanted to get and now lets go kick KC's Ass for one game...
     
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    Molina's triple rallies Cards for 3-2 victory




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    2015-07-22T15:20:00Z 2015-07-22T22:16:03Z Molina's triple rallies Cards for 3-2 victoryBy Derrick Goold St. Louis Post-Dispatch stltoday.com
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    There have been many evenings this season when Cardinals manager Mike Matheny sat in a foreign office at some away ballpark or stood behind the podium at Busch Stadium and repeated the same quest.
    The Cardinals couldn’t find “the big hit.”
    The Cardinals didn’t get “the big hit” and the opponent did.
    His kingdom for a big hit.
    He got it Wednesday.
    Yadier Molina’s bases-clearing triple in the top of the eighth inning reversed what otherwise was a misspent night at U.S. Cellular Field and conjured a 3-2 victory against the Chicago White Sox. The Cardinals offered starter Lance Lynn zero support during his six innings of work, and in the eighth their juiciest opportunity of the evening almost withered on the bases until Molina provided Matheny and the Cardinals with one of the bigger hits of the season. It was his third hit of the evening.
    The Cardinals keyed the eighth-inning rally with a single, a walk from Matt Holliday, and then a two-out catcher’s interference that put Jason Heyward on first and loaded the bases for Molina. Heyward had clipped catcher Tyler Flowers’ mitt as he fouled off a pitch, and the clear reach into his zone meant he got to take first base. The Cardinals had failed in three previous innings when they had a chance for a two-out rally. The big hit escaped them.
    Molina drilled a pitch from Sox closer David Robertson to make sure that didn’t happen a four time. His base hit found the right-field corner, and Heyward loped around the bases to score easily as the go-ahead run. Molina got to third for a stand-up triple, his first triple since 2011.
    Lefty Kevin Siegrist made his NL-leading 48th appearance in the eighth inning to strike Adam LaRoche with the tying run at third base. Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal handled the ninth for his 29th save of the season. Rosenthal pitched a perfect ninth to cinch the comeback win.
    The Cardinals mustered only flickers of offense until Molina torched the Sox’s lead in the eighth. Chicago built its lead with small hits, but timely hits. And when Matheny describes the Cardinals’ need for big hits he’s not just talking about thunder. He means lightning, too. The strikes that light up a game or change the feel of it, something that electrifies the offense.
    The Cardinals have flipped through internal options to find that boost for the offense, pulling players such as Tommy Pham and Dan Johnson and Xavier Scruggs and others from Class AAA to see if they can help. This week, the team promoted Stephen Piscotty to the majors to see if his righthanded bat will give some depth to the lineup. All of this is being done to spur the offense – and get a sense of it before the July 31 trade deadline.
    The Cardinals are on the lookout for a lefthanded bat.
    Their preference, however, is for the jolt to come from within, be it the return of Matt Holliday, the arrival of Piscotty, or, as important as any other move, the revival of Matt Carpenter. For seven innings Wednesday they looked very much like a team in need of an outside boost, and a lot like the team that struggled to score runs Sunday. In both of those games, the Cardinals got all their runs on a single swing. On Wednesday it was enough to win.
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    Sox peck away for 2-0 lead against Lynn
    In eight of his 17 starts this season before tonight's on the south side of Chicago, Lance Lynn has been backed by two or fewer runs.
    That would be, at best, a tie for this evening.
    The White Sox cobbled together the first bona fide rally of the evening and took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. RBI singles from Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera stung Lynn and put the Cardinals behind. It's the second time in three games that the Cardinals have started a game without a run in the first six innings.
    The last time they played 18 innings against the New York Mets.
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    Cards' thirst for offense continues in scoreless tie
    All of that run support Lance Lynn benefited from early in his career as a starter would sure come in handy now that he's a more established and more ruthless member of the rotation.
    Lynn continues to search for backup as the Cardinals and White Sox lurch forward through a scoreless tie here at U.S. Cellular Field.
    The Cardinals have tested White Sox lefty John Danks with four hits, including Stephen Piscotty's first career double. That double moved Piscotty and catcher Yadier Molina into scoring position in the top of the fifth inning. But with two outs the inning fizzled from there as Danks got a fly ball from leadoff hitter Kolten Wong.
    The Cardinals got their other hits in the first inning, and those didn't amount to much of a threat either because they likewise came with two outs.
    Lynn has held the Sox to two hits.
    He has five strikeouts in his first four innings of work. In the second he blazed through the middle of the Sox's order with fastball after fastball after fastball after fastball. He threw five fastballs to Melky Cabrera, and all fo them ranged in speed from 89 to 94 mph. Just to be coy, he flipped a couple curves to lefthanded hitter Adam LaRoche before getting him to hit a fly ball to center field.
    Yes, it came on a fastball.
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