Game Report: Diamondbacks 4, Cardinals 2

Leading 2-1 with runners on second and third as Paul Goldschmidt was batting with two outs in the fifth inning Tuesday night, the Cardinals had a choice – walk Goldschmidt and load the bases or pitch to him.

They made the wrong choice.

Goldschmidt had struck out in his first two at-bats but this time connected against Jack Flaherty for a three-run homer that carried the Diamondbacks to the win over the Cardinals in Arizona.

A pitch which hit Jon Jay on the foot and then a stolen base put Flaherty and the Cardinals in that spot after he had retired 12 of 13 hitters, allowing only a leadoff double by Nick Ahmed in the fifth before he went to third on a groundout.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals scored both of their runs in the second inning on consecutive singles by Yadier Molina, Jedd Gyorko and Yairo Munoz and a sacrifice fly from Kolten Wong … Their only other scoring chance came in the seventh when they loaded the bases with two outs but Tommy Pham hit into an inning-ending force out … The top four hitters in the Cardinals lineup were a combined 2-of-15.

On the mound:
Flaherty allowed the first Arizona run in the first inning after he retired the first two batters before giving up a single, a walk and another single … Flaherty worked six innings, allowing only four hits and that one walk while striking out seven … Austin Gomber got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth with a double-play grounder.

Worth noting: Jose Martinez got the start in right field but had only one fielding chance during the game … Paul DeJong homered and hit a double for Memphis on Tuesday night in what was likely the final game of his rehab appearance. He is expected to join the Cardinals and be activated from the DL on Thursday when the team arrives in San Francisco … Matt Bowman struck out two in one inning of relief while Luke Gregerson gave up two hits and an unearned run in his inning of work.

Looking ahead: Miles Mikolas will get the start Wednesday night in the final game of the series.


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