The Cards faced the Yankees for the first time in nine years on Monday night. The game was stalled by a 61-minute (threat of rain) delay, finally beginning just as the skies opened up. The delay was business as usual for Cardinal pitcher Michael Wacha, who has been delayed for a total of four hours, 52 minutes in four different starts this season.
“It really didn’t bother me too much,” Wacha said, “I just really didn’t understand why we started the game when it was pouring-down raining. It didn’t affect me out there. I was just a little confused.”
Wacha pitched a solid seven innings, holding the yankees to three runs on four hits. Relief pitcher Carlos Martinez threw in the eighth and ninth, giving up just one hit and no runs. With the game tied at 3-3, Trevor Rosenthal and Pat Neshek threw scoreless extra innings.
Cardinal reliever Randy Choate gave up the winning run in the 12th on a bases loaded infield single. The loaded bases were due to Choate’s pitching mistakes; a walk, a hit by pitch, and intentional walk after a Yankees’ sacrifice bunt brought the runners to second and third.
“I’m more disappointed, because I feel like I let the team down,” Choate said. “You fight so hard, you’re in the 12th inning, you come into a spot that I relish being in. … To walk one [batter] and hit the other is pretty disappointing.”
On the Cardinals’ offensive side, Kolten Wong, playing second base today for the Cards, drove in Matt Carpenter on a second inning double to right fielder Ichiro Suziki. This was Wong’s 9th RBI in his 27 games played this season.
In the sixth, the Cardinals responded to the Yankees’ two fifth inning runs. With the bases loaded, Allen Craig drove in a run on a force out at second, moving runners to first and third. Johnny Peralta came through next on a sacrifice fly to right, bringing Matt Adams home to score.
St. Louis runners were left stranded in the 10th and 11th, unable to muster up the momentum they needed to capture their first walk-off win of the season. They were also unable to take advantage of the Brewers’ lost, which would have put the Cards only a half a game behind first.
The two teams will face each other again on Tuesday night in St. Louis.