By Patrick Kelly
In what was an extended break for the St. Louis Cardinals, it finally ended Saturday when they played a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox. The Cardinals had not played since July 29 as a result of a slew of positive COVID-19 tests for both players and staff. Because of that, the Cardinals had to bring up numerous young players to help fill in the gaps.
The weekend started better than any Cardinals fan could have hoped. The first inning of the 7-inning twinbill saw the Cardinals bat around the lineup while scoring four runs to come back with a bang. Another positive sign was veteran Adam Wainwright coming in and holding the White Sox to only one run in five innings on only two hits.
With momentum on their side, the Cardinals pushed forward into Game 2 with the same kind of intensity. They fell behind, but that changed with Paul Goldschmidt’s second home run of the season. Game 2 was a bullpen game for the Cardinals which saw five pitchers on the mound. Alex Reyes, one of the Cardinals’ most touted prospects, showed exactly why by striking out all three batters in his only inning pitched. Tyler O’Neil and Matt Carpenter were shining lights all day for the Redbirds as they stunned MLB by coming in cold and walking out with two hard-fought wins.
Sunday was a day where fans got to see a few of the snags the Cardinals will hit going forward. Due to the positive tests, the Cardinals had Dakota Hudson start on Sunday and his outing went well. After four innings and only two hits, the ball was handed to rookie Roel Ramirez. What happened next will never leave that young man’s memory. The White Sox belted four home runs in a row, tying a MLB record and only being the 10th team to do so, one of which was a previous White Sox team. The Cardinals attempted to climb their way out of the hole that was dug, but that hole was too big. Despite getting six hits as well as Matt Carpenter having a two-RBI single, the Cardinals lost 7-2.
Despite giving up a MLB record in consecutive home runs, Cardinals fans have to come out of the weekend feeling good about their club. A lot of the bullpen looked strong and outfielder prospect Dylan Carlson got his long anticipated first MLB hit; a double. The Cardinals now have to play five games over three days; staying in Chicago and now playing the Cubs.