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  • ST. LOUIS – Marco Gonzales’ debut at Busch Stadium did not go as the rookie was hoping for as the Cardinals dropped the rubber game 8-4 to the Marlins. Even with the loss, Cardinals’ skipper Mike Matheny was still pleased with the way the rookie worked out of trouble and held his own on the mound.
    “We had a tough time today offensively, Matheny said. “But Marco did a managing and keeping us in the game.”
    Gonzales failed to make it out of the fifth inning for the second straight start as he had to work around several jams early in the game. The rookie threw a career high 109 pitches. Entering play, Gonzales had walked six total batters over his first two starts. Sunday afternoon he nearly matched that total, issuing five free passes. Gonzales did double his career total in strike outs though. After registering two in his debut and three against the Giants, the rookie punched out five Marlins.
    “Every outing I just try to go out and compete,” Gonzales said. “I did that today and gave us a chance to win. I don’t know if I would consider it my best of the three, but I went out and competed and tried to do my job.”
    The right-hander also allowed seven hits, like in each of his first two starts. However, the one thing Gonzales did show improvement in was runs allowed. After allowing the Rockies and the Giants to each score five runs, Gonzales held the Marlins to just one run.
    “I am just working on trying to throw more strikes,” Gonzales said. “Obviously the walks are something that I can control and get better at, but that is something I am working on.”
    “It is impressive when you look at the bottom line,” Matheny said. “He wasn’t efficient as he wanted to be and we had to get him out early. … But, he kept us there and made good pitches when he had too.”
    The Marlins left 10 runners stranded on the bases, including leaving them loaded in the third and fifth, while Gonzales was on the hill for St. Louis. But, once the Marlins got into St. Louis’ bullpen, the Cardinals’ luck ran out.
    “I credit the defense,” Gonzales said. “They made some good plays. I just got some clutch ground balls. … That’s when pitching to contact really helps.”
    The Cardinals’ bullpen was charged with allowing seven runs.
    Nick Greenwood pitched the sixth and seventh innings and gave up five hits and one walk (intentional). The Fish to scored three times in the sixth. Miami added another four runs in the top of the eighth off of Jason Motte, three coming on a Jarrod Saltalamacchia home run.
    Page 2 of 5 - “He has been taking a lot of steps forward,” Matheny said of Motte. “But today was one of those days and I haven’t seen the video yet to kind of get a good idea where the balls were, but we have been seeing some better pitches. This is pretty consistent. You are going to have days, when you are coming back from that injury that either the velocity is not there or the location is not there.”
    Miami got its initial run in the top of the first.
    St. Louis didn’t get on the board until the bottom of the seventh. At that point, the Redbirds were already trailing 4-0. With one out, Kolten Wong crushed Henderson Alvarez’s first offering into the right field stands. The blast, Wong’s second of the season, traveled an estimated 416-feet.
    The Cardinals added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth with the help of a Matt Adams ground rule double and one more in the ninth, but were unable to get any closer.
    “I think our pitchers battled today,” Adams said. “They kept us in it and we never gave up. We went out there and continued to put good ABs together, but the ball wasn’t finding holes like their balls were.”
    Other than Adams, the Cardinals’ bats were not very productive against Alvarez. St. Louis had five hits off the Marlins’ starting pitcher with Adams collecting three of them.
    “He tried to go to the sinker and changeup away and he left them up to me,” Adams said of his success against Alvarez. “I was able to find the holes. … I am just sticking to my approach and seeing the ball and hitting the ball where it is pitched.”
    The only other hits off of Alvarez for the Cardinals were Wong’s home run and a single in the fifth inning of the bat of relief pitcher Seth Maness. Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina also reached base safely against Alvarez, but not via a hit. Carpenter led off the game with a walk while Molina was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning.
    “We had a tough time putting an offense together today,” Matheny said. “A couple of guys had good days, especially Adams.”
    Adams noted that while he had success against Alvarez, the rest of his team was not.
    “He was just keeping the ball down,” Adams said. “He got a lot of ground balls. He nibbled the zone and made pitches whenever he had too.”
    When Kevin Gregg took over in the eighth, the Cardinals picked up two more hits. Pete Bourjos recorded his first career pinch hit, a double in place of Matt Holliday and Adams followed with a ground rule double to left center. Tony Cruz then went to the plate for Molina and worked a two-out walk.
    Page 3 of 5 - Wong led off the ninth with a single and scored on Daniel Descalso’s double into the right field corner.
    St. Louis will close out this final homestand of the first half with a four game series against Pittsburgh starting Monday before heading to Milwaukee right before the All Star break.
    NOTES: The four-hit game for Matt Adams was a career-best. … Seth Maness has two hits this year, both comi
    Marlins double up Cardinals
    JASON FARMER
    jason.farmer@courierpost.com
    ST. LOUIS – Marco Gonzales’ debut at Busch Stadium did not go as the rookie was hoping for as the Cardinals dropped the rubber game 8-4 to the Marlins. Even with the loss, Cardinals’ skipper Mike Matheny was still pleased with the way the rookie worked out of trouble and held his own on the mound.
    “We had a tough time today offensively, Matheny said. “But Marco did a managing and keeping us in the game.”
    Gonzales failed to make it out of the fifth inning for the second straight start as he had to work around several jams early in the game. The rookie threw a career high 109 pitches. Entering play, Gonzales had walked six total batters over his first two starts. Sunday afternoon he nearly matched that total, issuing five free passes. Gonzales did double his career total in strike outs though. After registering two in his debut and three against the Giants, the rookie punched out five Marlins.
    “Every outing I just try to go out and compete,” Gonzales said. “I did that today and gave us a chance to win. I don’t know if I would consider it my best of the three, but I went out and competed and tried to do my job.”
    The right-hander also allowed seven hits, like in each of his first two starts. However, the one thing Gonzales did show improvement in was runs allowed. After allowing the Rockies and the Giants to each score five runs, Gonzales held the Marlins to just one run.
    “I am just working on trying to throw more strikes,” Gonzales said. “Obviously the walks are something that I can control and get better at, but that is something I am working on.”
    “It is impressive when you look at the bottom line,” Matheny said. “He wasn’t efficient as he wanted to be and we had to get him out early. … But, he kept us there and made good pitches when he had too.”
    The Marlins left 10 runners stranded on the bases, including leaving them loaded in the third and fifth, while Gonzales was on the hill for St. Louis. But, once the Marlins got into St. Louis’ bullpen, the Cardinals’ luck ran out.
    Page 4 of 5 - “I credit the defense,” Gonzales said. “They made some good plays. I just got some clutch ground balls. … That’s when pitching to contact really helps.”
    The Cardinals’ bullpen was charged with allowing seven runs.
    Nick Greenwood pitched the sixth and seventh innings and gave up five hits and one walk (intentional). The Fish to scored three times in the sixth. Miami added another four runs in the top of the eighth off of Jason Motte, three coming on a Jarrod Saltalamacchia home run.
    “He has been taking a lot of steps forward,” Matheny said of Motte. “But today was one of those days and I haven’t seen the video yet to kind of get a good idea where the balls were, but we have been seeing some better pitches. This is pretty consistent. You are going to have days, when you are coming back from that injury that either the velocity is not there or the location is not there.”
    Miami got its initial run in the top of the first.
    St. Louis didn’t get on the board until the bottom of the seventh. At that point, the Redbirds were already trailing 4-0. With one out, Kolten Wong crushed Henderson Alvarez’s first offering into the right field stands. The blast, Wong’s second of the season, traveled an estimated 416-feet.
    The Cardinals added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth with the help of a Matt Adams ground rule double and one more in the ninth, but were unable to get any closer.
    “I think our pitchers battled today,” Adams said. “They kept us in it and we never gave up. We went out there and continued to put good ABs together, but the ball wasn’t finding holes like their balls were.”
    Other than Adams, the Cardinals’ bats were not very productive against Alvarez. St. Louis had five hits off the Marlins’ starting pitcher with Adams collecting three of them.
    “He tried to go to the sinker and changeup away and he left them up to me,” Adams said of his success against Alvarez. “I was able to find the holes. … I am just sticking to my approach and seeing the ball and hitting the ball where it is pitched.”
    The only other hits off of Alvarez for the Cardinals were Wong’s home run and a single in the fifth inning of the bat of relief pitcher Seth Maness. Matt Carpenter and Yadier Molina also reached base safely against Alvarez, but not via a hit. Carpenter led off the game with a walk while Molina was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning.
    Page 5 of 5 - “We had a tough time putting an offense together today,” Matheny said. “A couple of guys had good days, especially Adams.”
    Adams noted that while he had success against Alvarez, the rest of his team was not.
    “He was just keeping the ball down,” Adams said. “He got a lot of ground balls. He nibbled the zone and made pitches whenever he had too.”
    When Kevin Gregg took over in the eighth, the Cardinals picked up two more hits. Pete Bourjos recorded his first career pinch hit, a double in place of Matt Holliday and Adams followed with a ground rule double to left center. Tony Cruz then went to the plate for Molina and worked a two-out walk.
    Wong led off the ninth with a single and scored on Daniel Descalso’s double into the right field corner.
    St. Louis will close out this final homestand of the first half with a four game series against Pittsburgh starting Monday before heading to Milwaukee right before the All Star break.
    NOTES: The four-hit game for Matt Adams was a career-best. … Seth Maness has two hits this year, both coming in games where Marco Gonzales started and failed to make it out of the fifth inning. … Kolten Wong was activated from the disabled list before the game and Shane Robinson was sent to AAA. … The Cardinals had four players named to the 2014 All Star team, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter, and Pat Neshek.
    ng in games where Marco Gonzales started and failed to make it out of the fifth inning. … Kolten Wong was activated from the disabled list before the game and Shane Robinson was sent to AAA. … The Cardinals had four players named to the 2014 All Star team, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter, and Pat Neshek.
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