Yes the Cardinals are on a roll and yes, The Kansas City Royals are caught in the proverbial “deer in the headlights.” The direction of both teams were evident in this game. Down 3-1 going into the eighth, the Cards were sort of listless. Their only run scored of the game was a Matt Holliday monstrous blast into centerfield. Lance Lynn didn’t have his best stuff, but he was still dominant for seven innings, giving up just two runs. Seth Maness ran into trouble in the eighth giving up a run but Randy Choate got him out of that.
In the bottom of the eighth, former Royals star Carlos Beltran hammered one to deep right center to make it 3-2. After Holliday struck out, Allen Craig doubled and Yadier Molina walked. David Freese then lined a single to left to score Craig, who just barely beat the throw (Craig was thrown out earlier in the game) to tie it at 3. The Cardinals were now amped up. Jon Jay (who was 0-17) was intentionally walked to face Pete Kozma. Kozma struck out but pinch hitter Daniel Descalso chopped a single up the middle to score Molina and Freese to give the Cards a 5-3 lead. (Descalso and Jay moved up a base on the throw home). The stadium had erupted as the Cardiac Cards finally came back to win a game late for the first time this year. Matty Carp almost drove in two more but was robbed by shortstop Alcides Escobar with a diving stop. Chief Mujica came in the ninth and notched his 17th save in as many chances on five pitches.
Tonight’s game reaffirmed why I’m a proud member of Cardinal Nation. I could never be happy with another team.
Next up, Michael Wacha will make his major league debut going up against Jeremy Guthrie.