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Jake Westbrook pitches first shutout since 2006

Apr 10, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

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Cardinals sinkerballer Jake Westbrook recorded just the second complete game of the 2013 season Wednesday in a 10-0 rout of the Reds. It was his fourth career shutout.

Westbrook pitched a five-hitter for his first shutout since 2006. He had two that year while pitching for the Indians: one against the Royals, the other against the Angels.

After giving up nine runs in the ninth and losing 13-4 on Monday, the Cardinals came back to win the next last games in the series against their NL Central rivals, outscoring the Reds 15-1 in the process. Jon Jay, Carlos Beltran, Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter all homered today.

There were eight days without a complete game in between Clayton Kershaw‘s Opening Day shutout of the Giants and Westbrook’s shutout today, which is pretty extreme even in this day and age. There were 128 complete games in MLB last year, 13 of which came in April.

  1. youjivinmeturkey - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    It Was A Great Game To Watch, Fo SHO! 😀
    Congrats To Jake & The Cards!

  2. stlouis1baseball - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Wow. Didn’t see this one coming. Sounds like Jake was throwing darts.
    The 10 – 0 win makes the 13 – 4 debacle in the 1st game (somewhat) easier to swallow.
    Who am I kidding? No it doesn’t. Good win today…nonetheless.

    • paperlions - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      He kept the ball down, and he never missed in the middle of the plate. Everything on the corners and/or down. Not a whole lot hit hard, really…just a bunch of ground balls.

    • jm91rs - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      I was hoping for a “cards embarrass the reds post” here today to even out for Monday. That was an embarrassing outing today by the reds.

      • paperlions - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:35 AM

        The other day, the Reds didn’t embarrass the Cardinals, the Cardinals embarrassed themselves by not throwing strikes, calling stupid IBB, and committing errors. Yesterday, the Cardinals just crushed the Reds. There is no shame or embarrassment in getting beat, beating yourself though…that’s not acceptable (and is embarrassing).

  3. blacksables - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    I think the forgot to add the sentence where he embarrassed the Reds.

    • cardslifer - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      I thought the exact same thing.
      First post I’ve seen where they somehow mention the Cards win.

      Reds embarass Cardinals three games ago and the Cards thump the Reds two in a row.


  4. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:35 PM

  5. mazblast - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    The same Reds fans who used last Friday’s 15-0 rout of the Nationals as “proof” that their team is invincible are calling today’s rout “just one game”. Gotta love the true believers.

    • jm91rs - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      It is funny that we (reds fans) were so quick to hop on and post on Monday but today are silent. Ill admit the reds really let me down today. I still think they’re a better team, but I just know they won’t beat the cards much this year. Something seems to spook them when they play the cardinals

      • paperlions - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:41 AM

        Funny you say that, I think the same thing about the Cardinals;that the Reds spook them, in particular Phillips. He can be in an 0 for 20 slump, come to StL, and hit a key HR late in a game. Seems like the Cardinals regularly give up leads late to the Reds….maybe it is just confirmation bias (that the ones they give up really stick in my mind because they piss me off and I forget all the times they don’t), but it sure feels that way.

      • jm91rs - Apr 11, 2013 at 8:46 AM

        And it feels to me like the Reds haven’t taken a series from the Cardinals in my lifetime.

      • spudchukar - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        The series thing isn’t just a feeling, those airing the game produced a graphic showing that the Reds are 3-23-2 in series in St. Louis, since… well, way back. Certainly they are better at home, but that is scary dominance by the Cards at Busch.

  6. gopherz - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    AN old blind squirrel gets an acorn every 2 or 3 years; and the CARDS still SUCK;

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