Taylor and Chapman back Mengden as A’s beat Cardinals
ST. LOUIS — The Oakland Athletics knew they had a big hole to fill in their starting rotation when they lost ace Frankie Montas to a long suspension. For one night, Daniel Mengden slipped right in.
Mengden pitched six scoreless innings and Beau Taylor and Matt Chapman homered to lead the Athletics to a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.
“The timing of it was great, especially after a short start yesterday,” Athletics manager Bob Melvin said. “Guys know that they’re going to have to pickup where Frankie left off. We had so many injuries last year in the rotation. Guys look forward to the opportunity, and it was Daniel’s opportunity today.”
Montas, 9-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 15 starts, was sus
pended 80 games last Friday for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Mengden (2-1) gave up four hits and struck out five for his first win since May 18 at Detroit.
“I know I belong here and I can pitch here so it’s really tough to hear what happened to Frankie,” Mengden said. “I’ve been called up and called down so many times, so I knew the time was going to come eventually to come back. I was always ready and hungry for the opportunity, got the opportunity, and tried to the best I could to keep the guys in it.”
Yusmeiro Petit pitched the seventh, Joakim Soria the eighth and Liam Hendriks got the last three outs for his second save in four chances. Hendriks has not allowed a run in 23 of his last 25 appearances.
Oakland got its fifth shutout of the season — first on the road — and first since May 7 against Cincinnati.
Adam Wainwright (5-7) allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings with nine strikeouts. “I had very good stuff today,” Wainwright said. “Located the ball for the most part and stayed in good counts but they had a couple good swings on me 0-2.”
St. Louis was shutout for the sixth time this season, and the third time in its last 14 games.
“We weren’t able to put any consistent at bats together,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “We’re good and most offenses are good when you put together a lot of quality at bats and you string them together. We’ve had a stretch of that where we didn’t get rewarded. Right now we’ve got to get back to just doing that, the quality at bats.”
Taylor homered into the Cardinals’ bullpen in rightcenter field in the fourth inning. It was his second home run in seven starts.
“I don’t want to get up there and they just see the guy who gets called up and is going to be an easy out,” Taylor said. “I don’t want to be that at all. I kind of want people to try and remember me.”
Chapman chased Wainwright from the game when he got his teamleading 19th homer into the Athletics’ bullpen in leftcenter.