|The summer heat at Busch Stadium caused St. Louis Cardinals reliever Marc Rzepczynski to leave Sunday's 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins early with heat related symptoms. -(Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
The St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins played their second consecutive matinee game under the scorching hot sun at Busch Stadium. Field temperatures hovered around 120 degrees.
For the most part, players fought through the heat and humidity, but the weather did claim one victim on Sunday afternoon.
Cardinals lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski started the top of the ninth inning but was unable to finish it due to heat related symptoms. Rzepczynski was dizzy and was having trouble focusing on catcher Tony Cruz's glove.
"Not overheated, but getting very close to it."Not only did the heat cause Rzepczynski to leave the game, it cost him a personal win too. Rzepczynski left the ninth inning with the bases loaded and the Cardinals down a run. Mitchell Boggs relieved the lefty and got the final out of the inning, allowing the Cardinals to comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Boggs picked up the win while Rzpeczynski had a heat related head ache.
That is the type of season Rzepczynski has had all season. It has been a rough go of it for the lefty who was so instrumental out of the bullpen during the Cardinals 2011 World Series run.
Scrabble has appeared in 39 games, posting a 5.65 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and a 1-3 record out of the bullpen.
Hopefully Rzepczynski is able to cool down during the All-Star break, regroup, and put together a better half of the season for the Cardinals.