Aug 15, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday (7) is congratulated after hitting the game winning run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the twelfth inning at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Pirates 6-5. Image Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Holliday’s clutch hit helps St. Louis Cardinals win in 12th inning walk-off


It was the second thrilling walk-off in three days for the St. Louis Cardinals. After coming back to score 5 runs in the 5th inning and erase a 4-run deficit, the Cards won it in the bottom of the 12th on a single from Matt Holliday that scored Matt Carpenter.


After Lance Lynn gave up 4 runs in the top half of the 5th inning, the offense gave him the support that he desperately needed.

Matt Adams got things started with a single to left before David Freese doubled and advanced him to third. Daniel Descalso had a 2-run single to cut the deficit in half.

After Lynn popped out on a bunt, Carpenter tripled and scored Descalso. It was Carpenter’s 5th triple of the day and came after his 40th double of the season. He very well could finish the season in the top ten for single season in franchise history. For Cardinals second basemen, Frankie Frisch set the record with 46 doubles in the 1930 season.

Jon Jay singled to right and drove in Carpenter. This tied the game at 4 runs each. Holliday next hit his 20th double of the season and drove in Jay to give the Cardinals the lead with 5 runs.

Holliday is hitting .457 in his last 10 games. He has 16 hits in 35 at bats. He has 2 home runs and 8 RBI during that span. He also has a 12 game hitting streak going on as well. In this span, he has raised his batting average from .278 to .294, very well on his way to another .300 season.

Carpenter has been seeing the ball better since going on the slump during the recent three-city road trip. Since returning to Busch to host the Los Angeles Dodgers, Carpenter has hits in all but 2 games. He’s ten points below the .325 that he was sitting at when the Cards played the Philadelphia Phillies.

It took several pitchers and a blown save by Trevor Rosenthal in the 8th inning but the Cardinals got the win. Kevin Siegrist picked up his first career win as a result of the walk-off. Seth Maness also picked up his first career hit.

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