First Pitch: Cardinals crave first run in days, Jack Flaherty seeks first win in a year

Carter Chapley ,  Derrick Goold

In today’s 10 a.m. video, columnist Ben Hochman discusses the Cardinals’ legendary duo of Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright on the day of their record-breaking 325th start together. And, as always, Hochman picks a random St. Louis Cards card from the hat. Ten Hochman is presented by Window Nation!

Benjamin Hochman

First Pitch is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. at San Diego’s Petco Park.

SAN DIEGO — Unlike their opponents this week at Petco Park, the Cardinals have had three different looks in three games at the top of lineup.

This is not some juggling act to end a rash of shutouts.

This is manager Oliver Marmol sticking with the matchups that got the Cardinals into first place and trusting that the offense produced as a result will rise again.

“We haven’t executed to the degree that we have in the past,” Marmol said in his office Thursday morning. “We haven’t lost any confidence.”

The Cardinals are looking to avoid a sweep in San Diego and something even more unnerving — a fourth consecutive shutout. The Cardinals have scored one run in their past 43 innings, and that run came in extra innings and was unearned. The run scored because a throw went off Andrew Knizner’s elbow, not because of an RBI hit. Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado have gone more than 45 innings since their last RBI base hits, and the Cardinals haven’t had any semblance…

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