After lefty struggles in start, righty earns win after catcher sets up walk-off
By Joe Harris
Special to MLB.com |
ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals called up left-hander Marco Gonzales, right-hander Mitch Harris and catcher Cody Stanley from Triple-A Memphis as rosters expanded Tuesday -- and all made their presence felt immediately in the Cardinals' 8-5 walk-off win over the Nationals later that night.
Gonzales, ranked by MLB.com as the Cardinals' No. 3 prospect, started for Carlos Martinez (back), but he lasted only 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits.
Stanley, meanwhile, ignited a two-out ninth-inning rally with a double in a 5-5 game, helping to set up Brandon Moss' three-run walk-off home run after Tommy Pham walked. Harris earned the win after tossing two scoreless innings of relief.
Gonzales was 1-4 with a 5.20 ERA in 13 starts at Memphis while recovering from a shoulder injury. He went 4-2 in 10 appearances (five starts) last season for the Cardinals, and he also made six appearances out of the bullpen in last year's postseason.
Harris entered his third stint with the Cardinals this season, going 1-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 19 games before Tuesday.
"His role is a simple one," manager Mike Matheny said. "He gets the ball, he goes out and gets outs regardless of what the situation is."
Stanley made three pinch-hit appearances, and recorded his first Major League hit, during a three-game stint with the Cardinals in April. He had a .241 average with seven homers and 45 RBIs in 92 games at Memphis.
"It's always nice to have that third catcher, and it gives you more flex to be able to use Tony Cruz," Matheny said. "It also gives you another potential bat off the bench from the left side."
Joe Harris is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.