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Friday, June 01, 2018

Munoz home run caps five-run ninth as Cardinals pull out 10-8 win

Yairo Munoz hit a walk-off three-run homer as the Cardinals scored five runs in the ninth inning to pull out a 10-8 win over the Pirates on a bizarre Thursday night at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals went into the ninth down 8-5 and sent five hitters to the plate against Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez, and all of them scored.

Ouch.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 01, 2018 at 11:19 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. salvomania Posted: June 01, 2018 at 12:54 PM (#5684071)
Munoz was a hitting machine in spring training, earning a surprise spot on the opening day roster.

He seemed completely overmatched, though, striking out in 6 of his first 7 ab, and going 2-for-18 with 11 strikeouts in 11 games (3 starts) before being sent back to Memphis in mid-April.

He was recalled on May 19, and since May 22, he's 14-for-31 with a .452/.485/.677 line in 9 games (8 starts).

Nice pickup for Piscotty, and that doesn't even include Max Shrock, who's starting at 2b for Memphis.
   2. phredbird Posted: June 01, 2018 at 01:50 PM (#5684106)

oy, i stopped watching this after we were up 4-1, figured we were at a pretty high win probability, got busy with some work, eventually turned on the basketball game and forgot to check scores, forgetting that we've found a lot of creative ways to give away leads this year.

anyway, all's well etc. and thanks to modern science i can watch the fun parts!

   3. Sleepy's not going to blame himself Posted: June 01, 2018 at 03:44 PM (#5684201)
Nice pickup for Piscotty, and that doesn't even include Max Shrock, who's starting at 2b for Memphis.
Good lord, Piscotty has already been worth -0.8 bWar. That's hard to do in less than a third of a season.

And Grichuk, -0.3.
   4. PreservedFish Posted: June 01, 2018 at 03:49 PM (#5684206)
At what point do they cut bait on Kolten Wong? Seems like they have like 7 infielders that are playing better than him.
   5. salvomania Posted: June 01, 2018 at 03:53 PM (#5684210)
Good lord, Piscotty has already been worth -0.8 bWar. That's hard to do in less than a third of a season.

And that's all defense, where he's -0.9. Even though his numbers with the Cardinals weren't terrible, I watched a lot of games in which he looked downright awful in right. He has no natural grace, just a lot of awkwardness compounded by poor routes and bad judgement.
   6. The Duke Posted: June 01, 2018 at 04:25 PM (#5684235)
I see nothing to like about Piscotty. Long swing, slow runner, terrible on the basepaths, below average fielder. He brings nothing to the table. The personal crisis may have derailed him so I’d give it until end of next year but my guess is, what you see is what you get. He’s on his way out.

Grichuk could never solve for “pitch recognition”. If he hasn’t got it now, he never will. He’s on his way out.

Wong plays great defense but on a team that is desperate for hitting, he needs to sit. He’ll be traded soon. Not on his way out yet but if he can’t get back to where he was last year his days as a starter are numbered
   7. cardsfanboy Posted: June 01, 2018 at 05:13 PM (#5684249)
At what point do they cut bait on Kolten Wong? Seems like they have like 7 infielders that are playing better than him.


Last year Wong had a 109 ops+, if he has options, he should be the highest paid player in triple A...he needs to get everyday playing time to return to form, but right now he doesn't deserve it at the Major league level.
   8. Davo and his Moose Tacos Posted: June 02, 2018 at 10:03 AM (#5684489)
To answer the question I had: Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez was formerly known as Felipe Rivero. (The former National, went to Pittsburgh in the Melancon trade.)
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: June 02, 2018 at 10:52 AM (#5684495)
Felipe says his sister convinced him to change his last name.
they should have given her a mound visit or two for this game.

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