There is a reason Marcell Ozuna was left out of the lineup in the Cardinals’ 5-2 loss to the Royals Wednesday, it’s just not a good one.
St. Louis’ star offseason acquisition overslept for the day game and was left out of the game by manager Mike Matheny.
The 27-year-old Ozuna said he slept through his alarm and apologized after the game.
I made a mistake, Ozuna said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Everybody can make a mistake. We are human.
Ozuna has looked very human this season after playing out of his mind in 2017.
In the top of the 11th, Jake Lamb scored from second base on catcher Elias Diaz’s wild throw. Diaz fielded Marte’s two-out chopper and threw to the foul side of the first-base bag for a two-base error.
The Pirates tied it the bottom of the inning when Lamb, the third baseman, bounced a throw when he tried to force Gregory Polanco at home with the bases loaded and one out on a grounder by Starling Marte.
The error pinned Brad Boxberger with his fourth blown save in 20 chances and second in as many appearances, but he prevented further damage by striking out David Freese and getting Diaz to ground out.
What he’s doing is special, manager Gabe Kapler said, adding that Herrera reminds him of Suzuki. It’s elite.
Herrera is batting .419 (13 for 31) with two doubles, five homers and eight RBI in the last seven games.
He’s a different breed, starter Jake Arrieta said before mentioning Guerrero’s name with Herrera. When he gets hot, he’s fun to watch.
Herrera had a tough stretch after an excellent start before finding his stroke again.
It’s very satisfying to be compared to two legends, he said.
Yadier Molina hit a pair of homers for the Cardinals, who lost starter Michael Wacha to injury.
Philadelphia’s beleaguered bullpen tossed three scoreless innings after Arrieta had another so-so outing, giving up both of Molina’s homers. Edubray Ramos (2-0) got five outs and Adam Morgan retired the last two batters with the tying run on second for his first career save.
It was cool to go out there and succeed, Morgan said.