San Diego, California /
Having a chance to catch their breath after a crazy month and a half, the Cardinals St. Louis settled into the playoffs with another win against the Parents from San Diego.
Paul Goldschmidt connected a home run of two runs during a four-run first inning, the St. Louis bullpen held strong after starter Kwang Hyun Kim stumbled in his playoff debut and the Cardinals ruined the expected return of the Parents to the playoffs with a 7-4 victory in the opener of their NL Wild Card Series.
The Cardinals received a welcome two days before this series began. They arrived after an accelerated season finale that saw them play 53 games in 44 days, inclusive 11 double billboards, with only two days off. The team had to suspend its season for 14 games from late July to mid-August after 10 players and eight staff members gave up. positive for COVID-19 and they had to struggle to adapt to the reruns.
“It was nice. We needed them, ”Goldschmidt said. “All that lasted, 45 days, we were playing every day, the boys were playing as hard as they could, but they couldn’t operate 100% for that long. It was nice to have some recharge and be at or near 100% and ready to go. “
The Cardinals need one more win to knock the Padres out of the league. postseason for the fourth time since 1996. They swept the Padres in the National League Division Series in 1996 and 2005, and won 3-1 in 2006, which was the last time San Diego made the postseason. Game 2 is Thursday.
The right Chris Paddack (0-1) didn’t give the Padres the boost they desperately needed after Mike Clevinger Y Dinelson Lamet they were left off the roster due to injuries sustained in their final regular-season starts. Paddack only lasted 2.1 innings and allowed 6 runs.
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