Game Report: Cardinals 4, Marlins 3

When the Cardinals promoted Luke Voit from Memphis on June 25, one of the comments of then-general manager John Mozeliak was that Voit had hit at every other level of the farm system; now it was time to see if he could do it in the major leagues.

It’s admittedly a small sample size, but the answer so far is yes.

Playing his 11th game on Thursday, Voit launched a long home run and added a two-run double in his next at-bat and the Cardinals held on to defeat the Marlins at Busch Stadium.

The 2-of-4 day improved Voit’s average to .333 (9-of-27) with two homers and seven RBIs. His seven RBIs are tied with Tommy Pham for the most on the team this month.

Voit’s homer in the second inning landed in Big Mac land in left field and the upper deck shot was estimated at 446 feet.

Before the 26-year-old first baseman was called up from Memphis, Voit was hitting .322 with 12 homers and 48 RBIs in 70 games. He is a career .285 hitter in the minors and led the Double A Texas League with a .297 average last year, when he hit 19 homers.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate:
The two hits by Voit gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead. He had a chance to have an even bigger day when he came up for a second time with the bases loaded in the seventh but struck out … Randal Grichuk’s home run in the sixth produced the Cardinals’ fourth run … Five of the Cardinals’ eight hits went for extra bases, with Jedd Gyorko and Paul DeJong contributing doubles … Matt Carpenter reached base three times without a hit, drawing two walks and being hit by a pitch.

On the mound: Michael Wacha scattered six hits over 5 2/3 innings before the bullpen secured his sixth win of the season. It was the fifth consecutive game in which the Cardinals’ starter failed to pitch six innings. He allowed two runs and left with two runners on base before Matt Bowman retired pinch-hitter Giancarlo Stanton to end the inning … The Marlins pulled within 4-3 with a run off Tyler Lyons in the seventh when Marzell Ozuna greeted Brett Cecil with a base hit, but the combination of Cecil and Sueng Hwan Oh were able to get the final eight outs with a one-run lead as the Marlins stranded five runners in the final three innings … The biggest out came in the eighth when A.J. Ellis bunted into a double play with no outs and runners on first and second … Oh pitched around a single and intentional walk in the ninth to earn his first save since June 21.

Key stat: Voit is the first Cardinal to record three or more RBIs in two of the first 11 games of his career since Albert Pujols in 2001,who had two three-RBI games … The last player with at least one four-RBI game and one three-RBI game among his first 11 games was Joe Cunningham in 1954.

Worth noting:
Wacha tied his season high of nine strikeouts for the second consecutive start … Kevin Siegrist will join Kolten Wong in Springfield on Friday to begin his own rehab assignment. He has been dealing with a neck injury, officially diagnosed as a cervical spine sprain … After two games with the GCL Cardinals and one in Palm Beach, Zach Duke’s rehab assignment has been moved to Memphis … No official announcement has been made but it appears former LSU shortstop Kramer Robertson, the fourth-round pick of the Cardinals in last month’s draft, will begin his professional career with the Peoria Chiefs.

Looking ahead:
The Mets will be in town on Friday night to begin the final series before the All-Star break. Carlos Martinez will start for the Cardinals against Jacob deGrom.


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