St. Louis Juan Ypez and Miles Mikulas provided seven strong innings, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.
Paul Goldschmidt led three rounds for St. Louis, which cut short a three-game losing streak. Brendan Donovan added a two-stage brace to his 11-hit card attack.
Baltimore’s best three-game winning streak has been halted.
Yepez went on to make a strong start to his MLB career. He has crashed safely in all seven matches since he was called up on May 3. He hit Homer in the second half of Spencer Watkins (0-1) and made it to base safely in 13 of his first 25 games.
“There were a lot of people out there who didn’t believe in me. Now that they’ve seen me here, I say, ‘Thank them for really giving me more motivation to work harder,'” said 24-year-old Yepes. Being here is like proving them wrong.”
Oliver Marmol, director of St. Louis, is delighted with the success of Yeppes.
“Every pie is personal to him,” Marmol said. “You could tell the kid was told this was impossible a long time ago. He enjoys proving a lot of people wrong.”
Yepez’s seven-game streak is the longest for a St. Louis player to start his career since Magneuris Sierra scored in his first nine games in 2017. Yepez went 2 for 5 and hit .444.
“If you told me this five years ago, I would say, ‘You lie,’” said Yepes. “I was talking to my parents last night and they said, ‘Son, we cried a lot this week.’ It’s a dream and a dream and a blessing.”
Yeppes, who turns 12 against 27, is the seventh player in franchise history to have 12 or more hits during his first seven games.
Mikulas (3-1) allowed one run with four strokes. Hit three and walked one. Mikulas has allowed two runs or fewer in all seven starts this season.
“I feel like I’m moving the ball around the area, keeping it low, and doing good pitches when I need to. I keep the crossbar and don’t really go out of plan,” Micholas said.
Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde felt Micholas improved as the game progressed.
“He got the lead and put it in cruise control,” Hyde said. “He has several pitches he can attack you with. Unbelievably unpredictable.”
Donovan, who has made it to base on all four trips to the plate, capped three second-half runs by doubling down to advance 3-0. Goldschmidt highlighted the fourth of a four-stroke two-wheeler. He added a single at number six.
Tommy Adman has also led a pair of races for Cardinals.
Watkins gave up eight hits and seven earned runs in 3 and 2/3 runs. Hit three and walked two.
Even with the loss, he won Baltimore seven out of 11 after starting the season 6-14.
St. Louis recalled RHP Jake Walsh of Triple-A Memphis. Walsh scored six saves in nine matches in the palace. He made two runs without goals on his MLB debut on Wednesday. RHP Kodi Whitley (2-0, 4.15 ERA) was dispatched to Memphis.
On the road to Al-Rehab
St. Louis RHB Drew Verhagen will start the Double-A Springfield match against Amarillo on Thursday. VerHagen was placed on the injured list on April 22 with a right hip impingement. This will be his second start to rehabilitation. He was 0-3 with a 5.79 ERA in three games before the injury.
The Orioles: INF Ryan Mountcastle missed the game due to a left wrist ache that has been bothering him for the past few days. Ramon Urias missed his third game in a row due to abdominal discomfort.
RHB Jordan Hicks (1-2, 3.78) will start with the Cardinals in the last game of three games on Thursday afternoon. Baltimore did not name a writer. Hicks has never gone longer than 4 1/3 in any of his previous six starts this season.
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