By Patrick Kelly
In a series that was expected to be tight, that was exactly what Game 1 was. The Cardinals were up early, striking in the top of the first with a two-run home run by Paul Goldschmidt. That was followed by an RBI single for Yadier Molina and a sacrifice fly by Matt Carpenter to give the Cardinals a 4-0 lead after one-half inning. The San Diego Padres offense showed up early as well, getting runs in three consecutive innings with the Cardinals adding two in the third to make it 6-3. After allowing a run in the sixth, the Cardinals defense hunkered down and was perfect the rest of the game giving the Redbirds the 7-4 win.
In order to have a successful playoff run you need depth and hitting throughout the lineup. The Cardinals got that from their squad Wednesday Molina had already been strong in the second half of the second and he carried that momentum going 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. The Cardinals also have a lot of youth in the postseason this year and Dylan Carlson set the tone for all of them going 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs.
With the announcement that Padres Luke Clevenger and Dinelson Lamet would be out for the series, the Cardinals gained the advantage on the bump. The Cardinals took advantage of the short series, being more than willing to dig into their bullpen. Starter Kwang-Hyung Kim went three and two-thirds allowing three runs with only two strikeouts. Ryan Helsley, Genesis Cabrera, Giovanni Gallegos, and Andrew Miller saw the mound before Alex Reyes arrived in the eighth. Reyes went an inning and a third pitching lights out and giving the Cardinals the chance to close out the series tomorrow.