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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Braves take 3-2 lead as Martinez struggles out of bullpen
Martinez allowed a double by Tyler Flowers to score Markakis. Ozzie Albies followed with an RBI double to right-center field and could have reached third base when Harrison Bader mishandled the ball but slid into second base unaware of the bobble. He likely cost the Braves a run.
Goldschmidt gives Cards lead
Hicks sees little action
Fowler leads off again
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Braves lead Cardinals 1-0 as Soroka breezes through three innings
Atlanta's Austin Riley doubled in a run in the second inning and starting pitcher Mike Soroka needed only 23 pitches to get through the first three innings with the Braves leading the Cardinals 1-0 at Busch Stadium.
Riley's double was a hard ground ball over the third-base bag that scored Josh Donaldson, who led off the second innings with a single against Dakota Hudson.
The Cardinals have two hits against Soroka, who has not allowed more than five hits in any start this season. He used a double play to get out of the second inning and has thrown only five balls with 18 strikes.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Shildt stays with Fowler as leadoff and Carpenter hitting fifth
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt will stick with the configuration he unveiled Friday night with Dexter Fowler hitting first and Matt Carpenter fifth in the second game of a series against Atlanta on Saturday night.
Fowler struck out three times hitting leadoff Friday night and Carpenter had a single and home run.
They will face Mike Soroka of the Braves, who is 5-1 with a 1.01 earned-run average. Soroka has not allowed more than one earned run in any of his seven starts. He held the Cardinals scoreless on three hits over seven innings in a 4-0 Atlanta win last week.
Fansided: St. Louis Cardinals: How long could Harrison Bader at leadoff last?
In an ideal world, the St. Louis Cardinals wouldn't even have to blink in regards to who the leadoff man should be. When you are looking for a guy who can get on and run for your best hitters to in essence guarantee a run off an extra base hit like the St. Louis Cardinals are, there is one guy who has the opportunity to fit that mold.
Harrison Bader has been among the fastest players in the league, and his ability to get on base has been missed by many Cardinals fans. If Bader was more versed on the base paths, this would be less of an analysis and more of a "what are you idiots doing just let Bader lead off" kind of thing.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: New-look lineup, old-look result as Cardinals lose for 15th time in 20 games
A new-look Cardinals lineup Friday night produced the same kind of results seen too often here lately. The Cardinals managed two runs or fewer for the 10th time in their last 15 defeats as they succumbed to the Atlanta Braves 5-2 at Busch Stadium.
Worse, those 15 setbacks have come in the past 20 games and this one came when Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas (4-5) struck out nine and walked nobody over seven innings. But he allowed back-to-back homers to Dansby Swanson and Freddie Freeman to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth and Swanson connected for a two-run shot off reliever Giovanny Gallegos in the eighth.
Viva El Birdos: Austin Gomber Should Start for the Cardinals
Spring Training this year was an optimistic time for the Cardinals. The bats would be so potent that the home runs would block out the sun. The pitchers could throw in the shade -- and there were many pitchers who might fill that role. John Gant, Daniel Ponce de Leon, and Austin Gomber had all made at least a handful of starts for the team in 2018, and none of them were projected to be in the rotation to start the year. That's before we get to Alex Reyes, who was the most electric pitching prospect in the majors before a season-ending injury last May.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Fowler to lead off for first time as Carpenter drops to fifth
Dexter Fowler will make his first appearance in the leadoff spot Friday night against Atlanta and Matt Carpenter will hit fifth at Busch Stadium.
Manager Mike Shildt hopes to take advantage of Fowler's team-leading .413 on-base percentage. Carpenter is at .324 with a .203 batting average and is not at the top of the order for the first time in a game he has started.
Harrison Bader will play in center field and bat ninth with Jose Martinez getting the night off.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Cardinals tied 1-1 after scoring with help of two misplayed fly balls
Harrison Bader followed with a long fly ball to center field. Acuna seemed to have a play but had to turn his body as the ball arrived and dropped it.
Wacha is coming off of a rough start that saw his record fall to 3-2 and his earned run average grow to 5.59.
"I really haven't but you've seen it happen," Goldschmidt said. "When you're going good as a team or individual, you're doing pretty much the same thing. Then some days it works and others it doesn't. It's hard to explain. I haven't had a time where things completely clicked by switching spots, but you never know.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Fowler goes to leadoff spot; Wacha goes to Cards' bullpen
But that may not have been the biggest news emanating from Shildt's pregame media session. Shildt revealed that struggling righthander Michael Wacha will be in the bullpen for the foreseeable future. He certainly won't start at Philadelphia next week, with a starter for Wednesday's game to be brought up from Memphis, Shildt said.
Shildt also was asked whether he had considered moving No. 2 hitter Paul Goldschmidt, who had two extra-base hits and five RBIs for the previous month, to either a more customary No. 3 or No. 4 in the lineup. "Our 'three hole' hitter (Paul DeJong) candidly is one of the better offensive players in baseball and our 'four hole' hitter (Marcell Ozuna) is leading baseball in RBIs," said Shildt.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Tweak to lineup doesn't help as Cards fall to Braves
Acuna Jr. dropped a single in front of right fielder Fowler to start the Braves' eighth. Swanson then found the greenery in center field although Bader threw the ball in after it rolled back over the wall and initially it was ruled in play. The umpiring crew, after a brief conference, correctly determined that the Braves had popped their third homer of the game and Swanson had his 10th of the season.