Takeaways from St. Louis Cardinals sweep of the Padres
Tuesday: Cardinals 3, Padres 2
Tied at two, the Cardinals went into the tenth inning ready for some dramatics.
Jurickson Profar singled to left fielder Lars Nootbaar in the top of the tenth. As Jose Azocar dashed home only to be nailed out at the plate on an absolute rocket of a throw from Nootbaar.
With all that momentum, Tommy Edman was the ghost runner on second. Paul Goldschmidt was walked to start the inning. Nolan Arenado popped out in foul territory while Edman stole third base. It was his 12th stolen base.
With Edman ready at third, Albert Pujols knocked a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Edman, in dramatic fashion. This was Pujols’ 15th career walk-off as a Cardinal.
Earlier in the game, Paul Goldschmidt extended his on-base streak with a walk in the first inning. He brings this streak to 36 games. Goldschmidt doubled in the third inning to center, scoring Brendan Donovan. This brought his hitting streak to 22 games. Also of note for Goldschmidt, he hit 23 extra-base hits in the month of May. This passes Pujols and Stan Musial who had held the record with 22. Not bad, Goldy!
Adam Wainwright, unfortunately, got a no-decision after a vintage outing. Wainwright pitched 7 innings, giving up only two hits and a walk. He struck out 10 batters while inducing nine swings and misses.
This was Wainwright and Yadier Molina’s 314th career start as a battery.
Giovanny Gallegos earned his third blown save of the season, pitching one inning, giving up two hits, and two earned runs – including a home run to Trent Grisham. He did strike out two. Ryan Helsley pitched an inning, walking one, and inducing two swings and misses. He hit a max velocity of 101.4 mph.