The fact that the Cardinals are having an outstanding offensive season has been well-documented. Tonight though, the Redbirds put a nice little stamp on the 2012 season to prove it, in their 5-0 win at home over the Houston Astros.
In the second inning with a man on, David Freese drilled a Lucas Harrell fastball into the right-center field bleachers for his 20th home run, making it 2-0. Then in the fourth inning, when Yadier Molina crushed a Lucas Harrell fastball into the grass hill beyond the wall in dead center for his 20th bomb, making it 3-0, it was the final step in making Cardinal history. For the first time, St. Louis had five players hit 20 or more home runs in the same season.
The five players are Carlos Beltran (29), Matt Holliday (27), Allen Craig (22), and now, of course, Freese (20), and Molina (20).
Previously, the Cardinals have had four players reach the milestone in a season, four different times– 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2008. Tonight though, the Cardinals both tied and finally broke the impressive mark.
While both Freese and Molina knew the win was the most important part of the night, neither could deny how special it was to get into the 20 home run club, in the midst of career years.
“When you’ve never reached it and you’re a guy trying to solidify himself, I think that’s the number that everybody else looks at,” Freese stated. “It’s nice to get to that number for sure. We have a good number of guys that have 20 or more. It’s fun to be a part of.”
Molina added, “I can’t lie, I feel so good. I’ve never hit 20 before. It does feel good and to get the win it feels better. It was a good night for the Cards.”
Yadi couldn’t have said it any better. It was indeed a good night for the Cardinals, in every aspect. Cards fans sure hope the team can maintain these positive, record-setting vibes and carry them through the end of the month, and hopefully into the one-game playoff game between the NL Wild Card teams.