It may have been Independence Day across the country but there were no fireworks for the St. Louis Cardinals following a 6-5 walk-off loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
Adam Wainwright pitched into the 9th inning before being pulled by Cardinals manager Mike Matheny after facing the first batter. In 8 innings yesterday, the ace allowed 7 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, and struck out 3 batters. The final batter he faced last night was former Cardinal teammate Albert Pujols.
Edward Mujica replaced Wainwright and faced Josh Hamilton with Pujols on first. Hamilton took an 86 mph splitter and got his revenge for the 2011 World Series and sent the ball into the stands to tie the game. Later in the bottom of the 9th inning, with 2 outs and runners on the corners, Erick Aybar hit the ball into left field and drove in the winning run from third base.
In the sixth inning, Descalso singled and Matt Adams scored from second.
The Cardinals returned to St. Louis and arrived in the early morning hours today.