Monday, April 11, 2016

Hit parade: Cards crush Crew in home opener

A Cardinals offense that broke out for 31 runs during a weekend series sweep returned home on Monday and battered Brewers pitching with a barrage of extra-base hits. There were 10 in total, sending the Cardinals to a 10-1 victory that extended the home opener festivities well beyond the scheduled pregame ceremonies.
The Cardinals' extra-base tally was up to eight before the Brewers recorded their eighth out of the day. They scored multiple runs in each of the first three innings, chasing Brewers starter Taylor Jungmann along the way. By the end of the third, four of the Cardinals' starting position players -- Matt CarpenterJeremy HazelbakerYadier Molina andAledmys Diaz -- had already secured multi-hit games.
The Cardinals finished with 19 hits, the most they've had in a home opener. Hazelbaker continued his hot start with a four-hit day. Molina and Diaz also chipped in with three-hit games to provide more than enough support for starter Michael Wacha, who shut out Milwaukee over six innings.
Dream start: Hazelbaker will continue to force his way into the lineup with days like the one he had on Monday. He became the first Cardinal since Daniel Descalso to have four hits in one of his first seven career games, and he leads the club with 10 hits and five extra-base knocks.
Knocked out: With Molina's RBI double in the third inning, Jungmann surrendered more extra-base hits (seven) than he recorded outs (six) in the shortest outing of his budding career. Jungmann was one shy of a dubious franchise record shared by Scott Karl and Bill Pulsipher, each of whom surrendered eight extra-base hits in a Brewers start during the late 1990s.

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