I’ve definitely got to do better, Gant said. Came out on the losing end, so anytime that happens, improvements need to be made.
Francisco Pena had a two-run single in the seventh for St. Louis, which will play 17 of its next 20 games on the road.
Braves RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-2, 2.68) will face RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (2-0, 1.93) in the first of a three-game series against the Yankees in New York. Sanchez is 4-1 in six lifetime starts against the Yankees.
Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (4-4, 3.22) takes on Arizona LHP Robbie Ray (3-0, 4.01) in the opener of a three-game series in Arizona that kicks off a nine-game road trip. Martinez is 2-0 in three starts at Chase Field.
The younger brother of 2018 lottery pick Michael Porter Jr., Jontay opted to return to school after a freshman season that had him rated as a first-round prospect on my board.
The 6-11 big man is highly skilled on the offensive end as a shooter, passer and driver. Hopefully, a return to Missouri will come with improvement physically that makes him a more capable perimeter defender.
Johnson was maybe the most impressive player during McDonald’s All-American week. He was vocal in practices, flashed the ability to knock down shots from outside and consistently got to the rim off the bounce.
He’s not necessarily an elite athlete, which raises questions about his ultimate upside, but he should be an effective pro. Kentucky could rely on him as a primary scorer next season.