Cardinals vs Diamondbacks – Game Recap – August 21, 2022

PHOENIX — Nolan Arenado immediately fell behind against a hard-fought pitcher with a knock to paint the corners.

Instead of tensing up, the seven-time All-Star shortened, found a pitch he could hit and shot the ball through the right side of the infield.

Arenado had a two-run single in the seventh inning and finished with three RBIs, helping the St. Louis Cardinals extend their winning streak to seven games with a 6-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

“He knows when to take shots and when to just take what he’s given,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “It’s a perfect example of him taking what he gives.”

Trailing 4-3, the Cardinals loaded the bases in the seventh when pinch-hitter Albert Pujols struck out Joe Mantiply (1-4) and Kevin Ginkel hit Paul Goldschmidt with a pitch. Arenado, who had a run-scoring single in the first inning, fell behind 1-2 against Zinkel, but lined a single to right-center to give St. Louis a 5-4 lead.

Jake Woodford (2-0) allowed a hit in 1 1/3 innings and Giovanni Gallegos worked a perfect ninth for his 12th save to complete the seventh sweep of the NL Central-leading Cardinals this season.

Lars Nootbar hit his first career leadoff homer and Tommy Edman added a run-scoring single in the eighth inning for St. Louis’ 16th win in 19 games.

“The guys have continued to compete regardless of the situation, regardless of the score, and that’s what you want this time of year,” Marmol said.

Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly has been sharp for nearly two months, allowing two runs or fewer in eight of nine starts.

The veteran right-hander nearly ran into trouble from the first pitch against St. Louis, giving up a leadoff homer to Knutbar and a run-scoring single to Arenado. The next run came when Nolan Gorman hit into a double play, matching the run that allowed Kelly to combine his previous two starts.

“Kelly did a great job,” Marmol said. “Their starter was good and for us to come out the way we did, put in at-bats with homers and then singles. That was a really good first inning.

Kelly got the ball into the second with an inning-ending double play and then fell into rhythm. He worked around two baserunners twice, allowing three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts in six innings.

Marmol was fired

Marmol was ejected in the third inning after saying something to umpire CB Buckner about a called strike.

With one out in the inning, Buckner called a strike on Arenado’s pitch that looked good inside. Buckner did not Don’t hesitate to toss the marbleTearing off his mask to toss him out of the game.

Marmol came out of the dugout and got in Buckner’s face as he screamed before being pushed back by third base umpire Jeff Nelson.

“There were a couple calls with (starter Jose) Quintana that flipped bats that didn’t go our way and then it was on Nolan,” Marmol said. “Clear ball, so went in there and got kicked out.”

Day of Quintana

Quintana has been outstanding since the Aug. 1 trade from Pittsburgh, allowing three earned runs in three starts in 17 innings.

The left-hander had his first clunker against Arizona.

Struggled with his command, allowing four runs – two earned – on seven hits and walking three in 2 2/3 innings.

“It was a tough day for me,” Quintana said. “The issue was attacking the zone and moving forward in the count. That’s usually my plan and I ran into a little bit of trouble, got into some jams.”

Diamondbacks moves

Arizona recalled RHP Luis Frias from Triple-A Reno and optioned RHP Edwin Usetta to the Aces.

While Frias went 0-1 with a 13.50 in four games with Arizona earlier this season, Uceta had a 5.82 ERA in 20 games with the Diamondbacks.

Instructor’s schedule

Cardinals: Andrew Nijner was hurt after Stone Garrett’s bat hit him in the glove hand on a catcher’s interference call. Nijner was watched by Cardinals trainers for several minutes, but remained in the game. … RHP Jack Flaherty (strained right shoulder) made his third rehab start Sunday with Double-A Springfield and could make one more before rejoining the Cardinals.

Next up

Cardinals: LHP Jordan Montgomery (6-3, 3.29 ERA) was traded from the Yankees in Monday’s start against the Cubs, who is 3-0 with a 0.54 ERA.

Diamondbacks: RHP Zach Davies (2-4, 3.99) is looking for his first win since May 13 when Arizona opens a two-game series at Kansas City on Tuesday.

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