Friday, June 21, 2013
Scott Feldman flails against Cardinals
By Rob Rains
Special to ESPNChicago.com
ST. LOUIS -- Scott Feldman sat and watched the first three nights of the series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs before his turn to pitch came Thursday night.
It wasn’t much fun to watch, and it wasn’t much fun to pitch, either.
“I knew going in they’ve got a good lineup,” Feldman said of the Cardinals. “Obviously, Yadi [Molina] is swinging the bat about as good as anybody I have seen right now. You’ve got to make your pitches but at the same time be aggressive.
“The bottom line is you have to tip your cap at the end of the night. They did a great job. They beat me.”
Feldman allowed only a single run in each of the second and third innings but could not get through the sixth, when the Cardinals blew the game open with a four-run inning.
“The whole game was just a grind,” he said. “They had runners on a lot and were getting my pitch count up there. I wanted to get through six but it just didn’t happen tonight.”
Molina was not the offensive star for the Cardinals on this night but once again was in the middle of the action. He walked and scored on a double by Matt Adams in the second, and after walking again in the third, he doubled and scored in the sixth.
Feldman was charged with six hits and five runs, and issued four walks before he was lifted after 5 1/3 innings.
“They were trying to get into some hitter's counts and they did a good job of that,” Feldman said. “I wish I would have not been in those counts as much.”