ST. LOUIS (AP) – Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer, Paul Goldschmidt added a solo shot off Marcus Stroman and thebeat the 4-1 in a doubleheader opener on Wednesday that extended their winning streak to six.
Kwang Hyun Kim pitched four innings, combining with Ryan Hemsley (3-0), Giovanny Gallegos and Alex Reyes (ninth save in nine chances) on a two-hitter.
While thereceived uplifting news earlier in the day when manager Luis Rojas said ace Jacob deGrom could return to the rotation on Sunday, skidding New York did little at the plate in its first game after hitting coach Chili Davis was fired and replaced by Hugh Quattlebaum.
The late-night firing Monday occurred afterstars Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto praised Donnie Stevenson, an apparently fictional hitting coach.
James McCann hit into a run-scoring forceout, and New York’s batting average dropped to .235 with a major league-low 77 runs. Thewent 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position, its RISP average falling to a big league-worst .198. New York has lost five of seven and is 11-13.
Stroman (3-3) lost his third straight start, allowing four runs – two earned – and seven hits in five innings.
This was the NL Central-leading’ first doubleheader of the season, shortened to seven-inning games under pandemic rules. The were playing in their third twin bill in just over a month.
Kim gave up one run and two hits.
Paul Goldschmidt homered in the first, a 417-foot line drive off the Big Mac Land sign on the front of the third deck in left.
in his first start since July 15, 2018. Johan Oviedo (0-0, 2.79) was to start for the .
Keith Hernandez, an All-Star first baseman, was voted in by fans into theHall of Fame. Hernandez was a two-time All-Star during 10 years in St. Louis and part of the 1982 World Series champions. A three-time All-Star with the and an 11-time Gold Glove, he entered the ‘ Hall of Fame in 1997. “I enjoyed playing in both places,” Hernandez said.
: RHP Sean Reid-Foley was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to serve as the 27th man.
: LHP Bernardo Flores Jr. was recalled to join the bullpen and serve as the 27th player. Flores, Jr., who was claimed off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on April 1, had been scheduled to start Friday for Triple-A Memphis.
: deGrom (right lat inflammation) is to play catch Thursday and hopes to throw a bullpen session Friday, putting him on track to start Sunday against Arizona at Citi Field. … RHP Carlos Carrasco (torn right hamstring) start a rehab assignment this weekend at Triple-A Syracuse.
: RF Dylan Carlson was removed the fifth inning with a bruised right shin. He fouled off a pitch in his at-bat in the inning. … RHP Miles Mikolas (right shoulder) was scheduled to begin his rehab assignment Wednesday night in a start for Memphis against visiting Durham. Mikolas, who missed the 2020 season (right forearm strain) and was placed on the 10-day injured list on March 28.
RHP Taijuan Walker (1-1) is to start Thursday’s series finale for theagainst RHP John Gant (2-2).
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