This morning I fired up the DVR to watch the rest of the game unfold. After 6 innings of heavy hitting, a scoreless 3 innings piqued my curiosity. Sure enough, there was a diamond hidden in those zeros...
Enter baby bird, Eduardo Sanchez! This rookie, called up from Memphis when injuries during Tuesday's game sent Cardinal relief pitchers Bryan Augenstein and Brian Tallet to the disabled list, had a night to remember in his Major League debut!
Sanchez took the mound at the start of the 8th and stayed through the 9th to shut it down. Facing a mere 7 batters to get the job done, Sanchez struck out 5 with ease. Total pitches: 18,13 for strikes. Confidence, delivery and strength from a 155 pound, 5'11" rookie in his big league debut - that was MUST SEE baseball!!
Welcome to the club, Eduardo Sanchez! We'll be looking forward to seeing you again soon!
The Cardinals head to LA to face the Dodgers tonight, in the first of a 4-game series. Here's to the theory that hitting is contagious and the Cardinal confidence continues to build... ;)