By Jay Paris and Tim Powers
Special to MLB.com |
SAN DIEGO -- Jeremy Hazelbaker and Jedd Gyorko hit three-run homers and Aledmys Diaz had five hits to power the Cardinals past the Padres, 11-2, in the second game of a three-game series at Petco Park on Saturday night.
"He put a nice easy swing on it,'' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "He trusted it and it carried in a big ballpark.''
Gyorko, the former Padre, tacked on in the eighth with a three-run shot of his own, also against Villanueva, into the second deck in left.
Michael Wacha pitched six innings and allowed two runs to earn the victory. Wacha gave up four hits and walked four, but did not record a strikeout.
Cesar Vargas started for San Diego and allowed one run on five hits in his Major League debut. Vargas, who was recalled from Double-A San Antonio on Friday, struck out three and walked three.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Double, double:Matt Kemp led off the sixth with his second double of the game, and came around to score the Padres' second run on a sacrifice fly by Alexei Ramirez.
Wacha wiggles: The Padres loaded the bases against Wacha with one out in the sixth inning. But Wacha limited the damage to a run, getting Ramirez to fly out (for an RBI) and retiring Jemile Weeks on a grounder.
"He ended up giving up two on just four hits,'' Matheny said. "That's a pretty good day.''
Piscotty power:Stephen Piscotty pummelled an elevated, 79-mph curveball from Vargas for his third home run of the season, which tied the game at 1 in the sixth inning. He also singled and doubled.
"It was a pitch that I had to execute low and away, and I left it in the zone, a slider up," Vargas said through a translator. More >
Cheese from the kneesDerek Norris continued his trend of throwing out would-be basestealers from his knees when he nailed Piscotty at second base in the second inning. Norris has thrown out three runners attempting to steal this season.
"I was surprised with the boos here; he was a good player here. But he has found a nice new home with us and he had a real nice day." -- Matheny on the reception for Gyorko
"Those guys are human. They're not perfect every single time out. We felt good with [Carlos Villanueva] about the matchup, his breaking ball plays very well against righties and lefties. We felt good with him in that situation, but it didn't work out tonight." -- Green on the bullpen allowing 10 runs in the game
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday, bad guy? Not really, but every time he came to the plate in this series he was met by a boo or two. Padres fans never forget that Holliday, then with the Rockies, scored the controversial winning run in the 2007 Wild Card tiebreaker game, which eliminated San Diego. The Padres haven't been that close to the playoffs since. Padres boosters remain convinced that Holliday never touched the plate on his awkward slide.
WHAT'S NEXT Cardinals:Mike Leake (0-2, 5.71 ERA), a San Diego native, seeks his first win with the Cardinals when he takes on the Padres in Sunday's finale. St. Louis has yet to prevail in any of Leake's three starts. First pitch is set for 3:40 p.m. CT.
Padres:Colin Rea (1-1, 5.51 ERA) takes the mound for San Diego in the finale, at 1:40 p.m. PT. Rea picked up his first win of the season after going five innings and allowing three runs on seven hits in his last start.