ST. LOUIS — Adrian Sanchez was batting in a majors for a initial time. Matt Bowman was perplexing to secure his initial large joining save.
The twin of youngsters fighting for a small chuck of celebrity done for an engaging ninth-inning matchup Saturday night, one that competence have been staid by an false call from a immature umpire.
Bowman won a nine-pitch at-bat, removing a called third strike on a fastball to strand 3 group and capacitate a St. Louis Cardinals to hang on for a 2-1 win over a Washington Nationals during Busch Stadium.
It gave St. Louis manager Mike Matheny his 500th career win and positive Michael Wacha (5-3) of his second true feat on a night when he tied Hall of Famer Steve Carlton as a second-fastest pitcher in bar story to 500 strikeouts.
“A lot of milestones tonight,” Wacha said.
In winning a fourth true diversion and improving to 39-41, St. Louis survived a furious ninth. Newly minted closer Trevor Rosenthal couldn’t close a door, permitting a two-out RBI singular to Stephen Drew and walking .135-hitting Jose Lobaton to fill a bases.
Matheny, who has been perplexing to reconfigure roles for a bullpen that has been one of a shakiest in a game, bending Rosenthal for Bowman. The durable Bowman, who has seemed in 39 of 80 games this year, joked about removing a call for a 27th out.
“Just as we figured — we was flattering most a final option,” he grinned.
Bowman fast performed dual strikes on Sanchez, a 26-year-old infielder who was called adult Friday when shortstop Trea Turner went on a 10-day infirm list with a damaged right wrist.
Sanchez didn’t stoop feebly, though. He fouled off a pitch, looked during 3 balls and marred dual some-more pitches with tainted balls.
Then a 3-2 representation arrived, appearing to be off a outward corner. But image referee Manny Gonzalez, who’s operative usually his fifth full year in a majors, punched out Sanchez to finish a 27-minute inning.
Washington manager Dusty Baker was ease though embarrassed by a call.
“You hatred to have an at-bat like that finish on what apparently was a bad call,” he said. “The kid’s perplexing to make a living, too. He’s perplexing to make his mark. We knew we were down to a final man, though we knew he was going to battle. It usually wasn’t satisfactory to him.”
Bowman pronounced he suspicion his representation ran behind to a outward corner.
“I suspicion after that initial pitch, we competence be means to chuck a same representation over and over,” Bowman said, “but give (Sanchez) credit. He practiced and battled.”
The outcome done a favourite out of Cardinals rookie second baseman Alex Mejia, who packaged his initial large joining hit, homer and screen call into dual hours and 53 mins of baseball.
Making his second start, Mejia pennyless a scoring sign in a second, backing a 3-2 representation from Gio Gonzalez (7-3) into core margin to image Luke Voit. In a eighth, Mejia laced a initial representation of a inning from Sammy Solis 390 feet into a left-field seats for a run that eventually done a difference.
“It was a unequivocally neat feeling,” Mejia pronounced of a homer. “Early in a at-bat, we wish to get a bat conduct out given we don’t wish to get beat. Luckily, he gave me a fastball and it worked out.”
Wacha displayed maybe his best things of a year, fanning a season-high 9 in 6 shutout innings and permitting usually 4 hits along with a walk. He picked adult strikeouts in each inning though a second, enmity himself serve from a widen where he unsuccessful to finish 5 innings in 5 of 6 starts.
Gonzalez engrossed a second true detriment in that he gave adult usually dual hits and a run. In 7 innings, he walked dual and tied a deteriorate high with 9 strikeouts.
It wasn’t adequate to give him a win on a night where a competition pitched usually a hold improved and got a advantage of a final call.
“I suspicion we had walked, though he called it a strike,” Sanchez said. “There’s zero we can do about it.”
NOTES: Washington designated RHP Jacob Turner for assignment and activated LHP Sammy Solis (left bend inflammation) from a 60-day DL. Turner was 2-3 with a 5.08 ERA in 18 appearances for a Nationals, 16 of them as a reliever. … St. Louis 1B Matt Carpenter didn’t start for usually a eighth time in 80 games Saturday night, with rookie Luke Voit removing his second career start during 1B. … Cardinals LHP Kevin Siegrist (cervical spine strain) threw a bullpen event Saturday, a initial time he’s thrown off a pile given going on a 10-day DL Sunday. Siegrist could lapse before a All-Star break.