Noise, not nerves, woke Oliver Marmol at 7:20 a.m. Thursday, hours before he wrote his first lineup and made his first walk to the home plate to put it before his first game as a Premier League manager .
The racket came out of the bedroom window of his residence in St. Louis, and when he opened the blinds to study the mystery, he found the culprit knocking, knocking.
Marmol recognized his first friend by his T-shirt.
The cardinal arrived.
Not someone looking for signs that foretell success or read too much in what was outside his window, Marmol could do both on Thursday night and by what he saw in the box.
The Cardinals opened their 131st season in the National League – the first for Marmola as manager – with a 9-0 match at Bush Stadium against Pittsburgh. Adam Wainwright got his 100th career victory at a downtown stadium with six zero innings. Paul Goldschmidt set a club record with four walks on the opening day. And five RBI Tyler O’Neill set a club record on opening day in the last match in 1928. The Cardinals killed on sacrificial flies, killed on the second in a single yard and defeated three ravens, one from 9th striker Tommy Edman.
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Everywhere Marmol looked, there was a rap, a cardinal-rapper rap.
“It was a perfect demonstration of what they are capable of,” Marmol said.
“We’re an offensive force, and that’s exactly what we want to be,” said O’Neill, who made the Cardinals home in the first four races of the season, three of which were scored by Homer in the second inning. “We have great depth, from one to nine, and all are dangerous. There is no place in this composition. “
In three of Cardinal’s four stocks O’Neill had an RBI. After the placement of the starter “Pirates” J. T. Brubaker’s family is beaten in the first inning, the “Cardinals” attacked with Homer O’Neill in the second inning. He added a sacrificial flight between the Homers from Edman and Nolan Arenada when the Cardinals increased their advantage in the fight against pirates without a steering wheel. O’Neill holds the home run for three days in a row, which raises the question of whether it was his favorite day on the calendar.
“Yes,” he said, “it could be.”
Sounds like St. Louis.
For the first time since April 2019, the Cardinals welcomed the full hall on the opening day and greeted the crowd with a sold-out 46,256 people with the usual parade of truck players, a demonstration of World Series trophies and the presence of 16 cardinals in the Red Coat Hall of Fame. Three more, who will eventually put on these coats, came out on the field. A pre-game video tribute to beloved son John Ham celebrated Jadier Malin and the return of the great Albert Pujol, both of whom have said they intend to retire at the end of the season. The cardinals 50 soldiers donated on the mound the US flag for № 50 Wainwright. There was a standing ovation when fans greeted the cardinals with claps.
The club plunged the day into nostalgia, but when the game began, it was a confirmation of a newer story. Success never gets old.
Wainwright continued where he left off.
O’Neill continued to climb.
“It was like Bush’s old school stadium,” Wainwright said. “The fans are back. It felt like real baseball. Fans appeared, and they rocked. “
Wainwright left the Pirates to climb one of his fastest fields at almost 90 miles per hour in the first inning to strike out Ke’Brien Hayes and end the half. He got nine outs from the first 10 batters he encountered, and knocked out five of them. The second half ended the way it did in many during the starts of Molina and Wainwright 305 together as a battery: beats knocked out, and Molina threw the current one, trying to steal. Pittsburgh did not even ask the judges to reconsider the replay.
Wainwright (1-0) extended their zero streak to 32 innings in a row against the Pirates. For Marmola’s first victory there wasn’t much to do in the Cardinals ’offense.
During the spring training sessions, Arenda was with his teammates to create a “tougher lineup” because teams that performed at a higher level had the toughest lineups. The phrase he repeated as a goal in the lineup: “No place.”
“We talked about not being a pony with one trick, but selling (home runs) and being able to do different things,” Marmol said. “We want to be extravagant in not leaving the zone (strike) and when they enter the zone, scare them back out of it. … “No place to breathe”. I think it’s perfectly said. There is nowhere to go. “
This will not stop opponents from trying.
The Pirates, whose shallow serve has been further reduced since Brubaker’s three-pointer start and Dwayne Underwood Jr.’s injury after colliding with one hitter, hinted at where the Cardinals’ opponents would be aiming for. Candidate for MVP Goldschmidt repulsed the second and famous bats Arenada and Pujols on the clearing and №5, an island that pirates spied on to loot, apparently, was O’Neill. Fresh hitting 0.500 in spring training and earning 1,000 OPS in the second half of last season, Goldschmidt has gone four times in his first four appearances. Pittsburgh bypassed him – and challenged O’Neill. Other teams will do the same.
“I hope so,” Marmol said. “That would be good. I hope they try to follow him because it will be fun. ”
In the first inning O’Neill bit the 2-2 slider for the RBI single. In the second inning he got the same sinker he missed earlier in the game, and, well, no. He drilled a 0-1 396-foot step in the left field seat to bring home three runs, including the first Goldschmidt. In the eighth, Goldschmidt ended his day with the only exit to the base in all five appearances, and after the sacrificial fly O’Neill Goldschmidt scored a goal at Homer Arena.
In the clubhouse after the game, Wainwright told Goldschmidt: “If he walks four times before the end of the season each game, then Tyler will have 300 RBIs.”
Goldschmidt warned of too much reading in the first game that the emphasis on results on the opening day could be enthusiastic. However, a few hours before that Marmol had made one of the first bold predictions as a manager. The warehouse, which scored the second number of home runs in 2021, will be an unexpected force of the Cardinals of 2022. According to him, the crime is not in the “foreground” when fans discuss the Cardinals, but as soon as the team raised the blinds on the opening day, fans will see it.
Maybe it will catch opponents napping, napping.
Until the cardinal wakes them up.
“I think our lineup is deeper than we get much credit for,” Arenada said. “Last year we weren’t that big. I understand why we did not receive such respect. We have to go out and prove it. It was a good start. “
Photo: St. Louis Cardinals defeats Pittsburgh Pirates 9-0 at home opening in 2022