Fla­herty gem, Dejong fluke hit lift Cards over Giants 1-0

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS - By War­ren Mayes AP Writer

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis man­ager Mike Shildt tried to find the right words to de­scribe Jack Fla­herty’s one­hit ef­fort over eight in­nings.

“He was stel­lar. He was im­pres­sive,” Shildt said.

“You can throw a lot of su­perla­tives out there about his per­for­mance.”

Fla­herty daz­zled in another dom­i­nant per­for­mance, Mar­cell Ozuna home­red and the Car­di­nals — with a fluky foul ball-turned-base hit — beat the San Fran­cisco Giants 1-0 Tues­day night.

Fla­herty (9-7) car­ried a no-hit­ter into the sixth in­ning and cruised with eight strike­outs and a walk. The 23-year-old right-han­der threw a ca­reer-high 113 pitches, 84 for strikes, and low­ered his ERA to 0.90 over his past 11 starts dat­ing to July 7.

“I was in rhythm with

Yadi (Molina) all day,” Fla­herty said. “I had three pitches for strikes. I’ve been preach­ing ex­e­cu­tion.”

He faced 26 hit­ters and threw just 29 balls.

“I think that’s kind of crazy,” Fla­herty said. “I don’t think about how many strikes I’m throw­ing. I just try to fill up the zone and get ahead of guys. It’s more fun to be ahead of guys.”

Mike Yas­trzem­ski had

San Fran­cisco’s only two hits, the first a soft line drive with two outs in the sixth, and the sec­ond a sin­gle off closer Car­los Mar­tinez in the ninth.

“I saw it early and I just wasn’t go­ing to get fooled by a pitch that was han­dleable,” Yas­trzem­ski said about break­ing up the no-hit­ter. “Just tried to be nice and easy and not do too much and get it to find some grass some­where. He pitched well tonight. Had com­mand of all his stuff and kept ev­ery­body off bal­ance.”

St. Louis only had five hits, in­clud­ing one by Paul Dejong that looked like a trick pool shot. Dejong hit a ball that rolled about 10 feet foul of the first base line be­fore spin­ning all the way back into fair ter­ri­tory roughly 3/4 of the way to the bag. Dejong raced to first to load the bases with two outs in the first.

Shildt said he had seen a hit like Dejong’s be­fore.

“I ap­pre­ci­ated Paul’s at­ten­tion to that play,” Shildt said. “I’ve seen it down the third-base line and the guy just gives up on it and a good player, a guy who’s al­ways go­ing to give ef­fort. Paul was aware of it like boom. A heads-up play on his part.”

San Fran­cisco man­ager Bruce Bochy laughed when asked about it.

“That was un­be­liev­able,” Bochy said. “You can’t do that on a pool ta­ble.”

San Fran­cisco righthande­r Dereck Ro­driguez pitched out of the in­ning and was nearly as good as Fla­herty. Ro­driguez (5-8) struck out seven over seven in­nings, and St. Louis’ only dam­age came on Ozuna’s shot in the sixth.

“It was just a curve­ball that didn’t too much and he made me pay,” Ro­driguez said.

It was Ozuna’s 10th solo homer of the sea­son, his 18th go-ahead RBI and his team-lead­ing 13th gamewin­ning RBI.

“I’ve been work­ing on my swing and I feel like I’m get­ting it go­ing,” Ozuna said.

Mar­tinez stranded Yas­trzem­ski for his 18th save in 21 chances.

St. Louis has won 20 of its last 25 games. The Car­di­nals are an Nl-best 34-16 since the All-star break and en­tered the game lead­ing the NL Cen­tral by three games.

San Fran­cisco has lost seven of its last eight. The Giants were shutout for the 12th time this sea­son. It was their third 1-0 loss. JUMP­ING JACK FLASH Shildt had high praise for Fla­herty be­fore the game af­ter learn­ing he’d won NL pitcher of the month for Au­gust.

“I’m proud of him,”

Shildt said. “I’ve never seen any­body more pre­pared or more sin­cere about their ded­i­ca­tion to their ca­reer and so ma­ture with it so early in their ca­reer.”

IN THE HOUSE

St. Louis Blues coach Craig Berube and his as­sis­tant coaches sat in the stands for the game. The Blues won their first Stan­ley Cup in June.

RE­CALLED

St. Louis re­called OF Randy Arozarena from Triple-a Mem­phis. TRAINER’S ROOM Giants: RHP Johnny

Cueto threw a bullpen Tues­day be­fore the game. Cueto has missed the en­tire sea­son while re­cov­er­ing from Tommy John surgery. Af­ter the game, Bochy said Cueto sus­tained back tight­ness and the club will wait “a day or two” to see how he feels.

Car­di­nals: C Matt Wi­eters went to the doc­tor to get a cor­ti­sone shot for a mild calf strain but it was de­ter­mined he did not need one. There is no timetable for his re­turn.

UP NEXT

Giants: Madi­son Bum­gar­ner (9-8, 3.62) is 4-5 in 11 ca­reer starts against the Car­di­nals. He faced St. Louis in July and was forced to leave af­ter the sec­ond in­ning af­ter Jose Mar­tinez slammed a line drive off the top his pitch­ing el­bow in the first in­ning.

Car­di­nals: RHP Michael Wacha (6-6, 5.07) will be mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance against the Giants since the 2017 sea­son. His 1.50 ca­reer ERA ver­sus the Giants is his low­est against any Na­tional League op­po­nent.

JEFF ROBERSON/AP

St. Louis Car­di­nals start­ing pitcher Jack Fla­herty throws dur­ing the fifth in­ning of the team’s base­ball game against the San Fran­cisco Giants on Tues­day, Sept. 3, 2019, in St. Louis.

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