Surprisingly enough, there are a few things the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals are not good at — and coming back to win a game they trailed after seven innings was one. Going into last night, they were 0-12 in those circumstances.
Now they’re 1-12.
power hurler Luis Mendoza and his 5.05 ERA held the Cardinals scoreless despite allowing five hits and walking two in five innings, Matt Holliday took out everyone’s collective frustrations about the Cards trailing 2-0 to the Royals with a tremendous homer to lead off the sixth — see it here (and it definitely bears repeated viewings).
Then came this scene in the Cardinals dugout.
The score remained 2-1 until the top of the eighth when the Royals added a run on two singles and a ground-out off Seth Maness. It just added to the comeback drama in the bottom of the eighth.
Which began when Carlos Beltran did this …
After a Holliday strike-out, Allen Craig and Yadier Molina followed with back-to-back singles. Then came David Freese, who singled to left and allowed Craig to race home and tie it.
Jon Jay was intentionally walked to load the bases. Could Pete Kozma be a hero again? Not this time, as he struck out. But that just added to the intensity — tie game, bases loaded, two out, Daniel Descalso coming to the plate …
Of course DD came through, bouncing a single up the middle that scored Yadi and Freese — Cards take the lead, and Freese demonstrates how excited we all were too.
After Matt Carpenter grounded out to end the inning, Edward Mujica came on for the ninth — and we know what happens in those instances. Six pitches, three outs, that’s a winner!
The Cardinals have won four in a row, eight of their last 10 and are 20-6 in May.
And just in case we couldn’t get any more excited, every one of us is counting down the hours until tonight’s game, which is the conclusion of the I-70 Series against the Royals — as well all know, it marks the major league debut of last year’s No. 1 draft pick Michael Wacha.
Still 12 1/2 hours to go until 7:15 p.m. game time. Try to remain calm …
Christine Coleman is the lead St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @CColeman802, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also follow @AMilesFastball for the latest updates.