Carlos Martinez has faced the Minnesota Twins twice this season, once in July and once in September. The results have been strikingly similar.
In both starts, the only two he has made due to coronavirus issues, Martinez has worked 3 2/3 innings. In both starts, Josh Donaldson has homered, including a three-run shot in the third inning Tuesday at Busch Stadium.
An inning later, Martinez was gone after surrendering seven hits and four runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 7-3 loss to the Twins on a day the Cardinals had a pre-game tribute to the late Lou Brock and then a moment of silence for the first-ballot Hall of Famer who died on Sunday.