The Bottom Line: With second place in the NL Central on the line, Matt Adams broke a scoreless deadlock with a walk-off, two-run homer against the Pirates in the ninth inning tonight at Busch Stadium. All-Star Pat Neshek earned the victory in relief after pitching a perfect ninth inning. The Pirates’ offense wasted a gem of a pitching performance by Charlie Morton, who surrendered just one hit and two walks in seven innings. It was a game of missed opportunities for the Pirates, who left twelve runners on base. Despite recording just three hits, the Cards were able to steal this crucial game, along with second place in the NL Central, from the Pirates.
Big City Blast: With Matt Carpenter on base after a leadoff walk, Adams delivered his tenth home run of the season to the seats in right field. Adams’ walk-off homer will bring back many good memories for Cards fans, as it was the first walk-off homer for the Cards since David Freese’s dramatic home run in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. Overall, Adams had two of the team’s three hits, and following his four-hit performance yesterday, it seems as though Adams is the only Cards player dialed in at the plate.
Wainwright Is Just Right: Although he was not the better pitcher tonight, Adam Wainwright scattered seven hits and three walks in seven shutout innings, marking his ninth start this season in which he has pitched seven or more scoreless innings. Incredibly, Waino’s start lowered his ERA to 1.79, which is the lowest among starters in all of baseball.
What’s Next: Carlos Martinez (2-3, 3.91 ERA) takes the mound against Vance Worley (2-1, 2.28 ERA) in a game that promises to have more runs. First pitch, barring any rain delays, is scheduled for tomorrow night at 7:15 CST at Busch.