The St. Louis Cardinals have to wait at least one more day to break out the champagne after rain postponed Tuesday night’s game in Pittsburgh.
PITTSBURGH (AP) – The celebration has become a fall ritual for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Not long after the Cardinals’ 3-0 victory, Cesario received a text from Piscotty’s father saying a Connecticut scan of the player’s head and neck was clear.
Brantley, who has been dealing with an assortment of injuries all season, is batting.310 with 15 homers and 84 RBIs in 137 games.
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers in the… Wacha intentionally walked Pedro Alvarez to load the bases with one out, and Cervelli sent the second pitch into the bleachers to put the Pirates up 5-1.
St. Louis’ Peter Bourjos checks on teammate Stephen Piscotty after they collided.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Francisco Cervelli hits a grand slam off St…
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Francisco Cervelli, left, celebrates with…
The grand slam broke a 1-1 tie and was the thrust of a five-run inning for the Pirates that vaulted them ahead 6-1 through 4 1/2 innings.
Piscotty was held overnight for observation after suffering a head contusion when Bourjos’ left knee smacked into him while the two chased a fly ball to the left-center gap in the seventh inning. Gerrit Cole takes the hill, and he’s 18-8 with a 2.60 ERA and 200 strikeouts this season.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, center, talks with… The fact Wainwright was out there at all is nothing short of extraordinary. The three-time All-Star shredded his left Achilles on April 25 and was initially ruled out for the season. Yet there he was pumping fastballs in the eighth inning with an eye toward heading back to his familiar starting role when the playoffs start next week.
“There is an I told you so for plenty of writers who wrote hilarious articles about this was impossible, it was a pipe dream and I need to shut my mouth”, Wainwright said with a laugh. “That’s something that is only real-life, game action-type stuff and it’s just so, so good to be back out there for sure”.
Asked before the game why the Pirates maintained belief that the division title was within reach, manager Clint Hurdle said, “Because it is”.
“The understatement of the day would be for me to say that was a big swing, ” Hurdle said. “He’s been special ever since he’s been in the major leagues”.
Adam Wainwright was added to the active roster on Wednesday morning. Most people are probably thinking the worst.
St. Louis owns the best record in the majors at 99-58.
“My wife and I were just staring at the TV in shock”, Cesario said Tuesday. The high school coach sent another text, this one to Piscotty’s parents in Pleasanton.
The Cardinals’ magic number remained at two for their third straight division championship after the Pirates rode their budding ace. Wacha has struggled lately.
The inning also hastened Wacha’s departure from his final start of the regular season. “I’ve got to figure something out and start competing a lot better out there”.