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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Matt Holliday
The Nationals continued to struggle scoring runs in their 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, finishing their road trip with four straight losses.
Adams homered for the third time in three games — all with his father in attendance — and Matt Holliday also went deep, helping the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-2 victory and series sweep Sunday over the Washington Nationals.
Lance Lynn lobbied for nine more pitches. One base runner, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told the right-hander, and we go to the bullpen.
Pitching in his hometown for the first time, David Phelps had plenty of support off the field. The New York Yankees pitcher could have a little more help between the lines.
Michael Wacha was a ball magnet, snaring a line drive instinctively just trying to protect his face and then making an early exit after a foul liner struck him just above the right elbow while he sat in the dugout.
Arizona manager Kirk Gibson felt starting pitcher Wade Miley deserved the chance to try and earn a win Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Even after surrendering the lead in the eighth inning, the Arizona Diamondbacks had two more chances to take control. Then, they finally cracked.
Adam Wainwright was dominant on the mound.
Mike Matheny would like to forget this one as soon as possible.
Jhonny Peralta went deep twice, ending the St. Louis Cardinals' 366 at-bat homerless drought.
The only thing that stopped Adam Wainwright from throwing his second straight shutout was a hyperextended right knee.
The way Curtis Granderson and the New York Mets are swinging, Adam Wainwright figured to be a tough chore Tuesday night.
Nursing a 3-1 lead in the top of the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals - a team they had not beaten in eight consecutive tries - the Nationals nearly saw it slip away. Struggling relief pitcher Tyler Clippard took over for starter Gio Gonzalez to begin the inning, and needed 26 pitches to record his first out. He began by allowing a double to Jon Jay, a hard-hit liner off the Geico sign in right field. Jay took eight pitches before getting hold of a 81 mile per hour changeup.
The defending National League champions opened the season with a lot of waiting. And a couple of wins, too.
ESPN says Bryce Harper is the best left fielder in all of baseball. Is that too high?
"You play this game long enough, you're going to have a period of time where things, you don't get what you want," Holliday said. "I don't want to look back on the past, it's all about what I'm doing now and the rest of the season."
St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday argues a called third strike in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Cincinnati.