All is finally right in the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals baseball world.
Yes, first place and again having the best record in the majors this morning and terrific starting pitching are all perfectly wonderful. But still, something very important was missing.
David Freese has finally hit his first home run.
And, just to make sure everyone really paid attention, he hit a grand slam.
Although the description on the Cards website to go along with the video is much more descriptive: “David Freese unloads on a Wily Peralta pitch for a majestic grand slam to straightaway center, opening up an early 5-0 lead.”
It really is a good thing that Matt Holliday singled, Allen Craig walked and Yadier Molina singled to all be on base when Freese stepped to the plate though — as Jaime Garcia needed all those runs, plus the two Holliday drove in and the one Jon Jay drove in for seven Cards runs overall since he gave up two three-run homers to Aramis Ramirez for six Brewers runs.
Uh, Jaime? Yikes.
After Jaime left with one out in the top of the sixth, however, things settled down. Seth Maness recovered from his rough outing on Thursday to allow only one hit in 1 2/3 innings and Trevor Rosenthal struck out one and gave up one hit in his inning. Then Edward Mujica came in — so we know what happened there. One, two, three — save number 12!
With all that, the Freese slam was still the highlight of the night — and especially the curtain call afterward, as Rick Hummel writes in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
The curtain call capped Freese’s fun moment and he said it meant more to him than the home run.
“It’s incredible,” he said. “That shows how much they care about this team. That curtain call … that was cool.”
The Cardinals win puts them at 27-14, while the Brewers loss was their fourth straight and puts them at 16-24 and 10 1/2 games behind the Cards in the NL Central. Oh, and they remain in last place (which I’m sure every Cubs fan can tell you).
The series continues tonight at 6:15 p.m. Central Time, with Lance Lynn and Marco Estrada starting.