Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals Notes: Siegrist Pitches Perfect Seventh despite Illness

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals Notes: Siegrist Pitches Perfect Seventh despite Illness

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SAN DIEGO * Not until they needed him for an inning were the Cardinals sure that Kevin Siegrist would be available Sunday, and not until he threw a pitch did the ailing lefty know what he had to offer.

After two days of purposefully avoiding Siegrist because of flu- like symptoms that weakened and nauseated the lefty, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny felt that he had no better option to use in the seventh inning of a tie game at Petco Park. Siegrist struck out two of the three batters he faced and pitched a perfect seventh. The Cardinals took the lead in the eighth to reward him with a quick- work win.

"I didn't know how I was going to feel," Siegrist said, clearly drained of color from the virus. "I didn't know what was going to happen. I just went out there and tried. I felt just a little down, like I was dragging. I was able to make some pitches."

Hours before the series finale against the Padres, Matheny was unsure whether Siegrist or second baseman Kolten Wong would be available as each dealt with a similar malady. At first the team believed both players were dealing with allergies, though the symptoms persisted and worsened. Siegrist said when the team arrived in San Diego on Thursday he had sinus trouble and "it all just escalated from there."

Matheny opted to go with Siegrist for the seventh inning and then turn to Jonathan Broxton for the eighth. He considered flipping those assignments but felt with Siegrist's uncertain strength that Broxton as backup was better.

Siegrist fired three consecutive strikes to get Wil Myers looking and then ended his inning with a 92 mph fastball that Melvin Upton Jr. whiffed on.

"We needed him to pitch," Matheny said. "When you play 162 games you're going to have days when you just don't feel right, and you've got to do your job. He didn't feel good at all. But he threw the ball well."

CARDS ENCOUNTER SLIDE RULE

For the first time this season baseball's new slide rule benefited the Cardinals, though they weren't exactly sure how or why. In the fifth inning Sunday, Padres outfielder Matt Kemp bounced into an apparent double play. The Cardinals turned the play without trouble, and on it Jon Jay advanced from second to third. Or so everyone thought.

Official Mike Everitt, the crew chief, ruled that the Padres' runner, Myers, deviated from his path or reached out toward Cardinals second baseman Jedd Gyorko.

By the clarified rule, Jay had to return to second.

"I'm pretty sure he could have been able to reach the bag," Gyorko said. "But I don't know if they called it that he changed direction. It's hard to figure out. All I know is he slid into me which I didn't think was that bad."

The Cardinals and other teams have simplified what they teach their players about the rule and its attempt to limit collisions at second. …

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