O’Neill’s home side Phil Bickford crushed the 1-1 draw and gave the Cardinals’ bullpen a lead to hold, not one to wait for.
The game’s winner, Alex Reyes, hit two pointless rounds to build a bridge from the start to the appearance of the late rounds without him. TJ McFarland led the game through the seventh and into the eighth for Luis Garcia. Rightander who makes a move on a bigger role and maybe some save opportunities for the Cardinals needed five lanes, all strokes, to pull the two strokes he was awarded.
It gave the match to the Gallegos for the ninth.
In his first audition to stay in the rotation, Jake Woodford went as far as the Cardinals’ offense would leave him and shy of how well he hit deservedly.
The right-back got help from a sliding catch in the right field to get out of the first half, and he allowed an RBI single in the third half, but otherwise he was the efficient, steady starter the Cardinals were looking for in fifth place in the tournament. Woodford struck out two strokes in the second, and he escaped trouble in the third inning by playing against the zeal of a hitter. With the bases loaded, Cody Bellinger jumped on the first pitch from Woodford and appeared to end the inning and miss Dodger’s best chance against the young right.
Woodford took the opportunity to begin his relief work last weekend at Milwaukee. To the relief of Kwang Hyun Kim, Woodford got 16 outs from 16 strokes.