May 27, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward (22) celebrates with second baseman Kolten Wong (16) after hitting a game tying solo home run off of Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Brad Ziegler (not pictured) during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Diamondbacks 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Looking to salvage their third home series sweep of 2015, the Cardinals took fans through a roller coaster experience in their series finale with Arizona. Kolten Wong jumpstarted the Cardinals’ offense immediately, hitting his sixth home run on the game’s first pitch. Matt Holliday also provided some loud home crowd cheers early on, using a fifth inning single to reach base for the 43rd time to start a season, a new National League record.
Yet, inconsistencies came back to haunt St. Louis as the game progressed, as the Diamondbacks took a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning behind a two-run rally involving a defensive miscue from Jason Heyward. Trailing in Lance Lynn’s fourth consecutive quality start of the month, the Cardinals used scoreless appearances from three relief pitchers to keep pace. Heyward redeemed himself from a minor offensive slump with a ninth-inning leadoff home run, setting up the Cardinals’ second walkoff effort in three days under a few Arizona defensive miscues.
Game MVP: Jason Heyward