ST. Louie — Albert Pujols started a pinch-hitting grand slam, driving in five runs, Adam Wainwright pitched his seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies on Thursday as he went 13-0 to three. I swept the game.
"We're playing now. I think we're playing like we expected at the beginning of the year," Pujols said. "It wasn't, but we got glimpses here and there. Now we're playing the best baseball we've played all year." "Unbelievable," he called.
"He looks the same as he did when he went to me," Wainwright said. "This is who he is. Here in this stadium, he does these things."
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Cardinals They are the first team in history to have a player over the age of 40 complete a Grand Slam and another player over the age of 40 has completed seven pitches. A shutout inning in the same game. Pujols is 42 years old, two years older than Wainwright.
The Rockies lost starting pitcher Antonio Senzaterra and right fielder Charlie Blackmon to leg injuries in his second inning. Senzaterra crumpled to the ground after trying to cover first base, and Blackmon was taken out of the inning after striking out an infield hit.
Rockies manager Bud Black says Blackmon isn't likely to be on the disabled list, but he probably won't start next game, and he's confident in Senzatera's prospects. There was not. Both players will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
"Antonio in the morning he will have an MRI," Black said. "He's definitely sprained his (left) knee to some degree. How important? We won't know until tomorrow. It's devastating, right? St. Louis has won 12 of its last 13 home games, including 12 in a row against the Rockies at Busch Stadium.
Pujols hit 690 career home runs. He hit a 5-run triple past Austin Gomber to make it 10-0, Pujols' 16th Grand Slam and his first as a pinch-hitter, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth. , tied with Dave Kingman for the 10th most Grand Slams of all time.
"He kills left-handers," said Marmol. "There's no end to the game, but it's always good to be able to close out a match with a good swing and attract a crowd. We feel good about it and he's done his job."
Pujols added an RBI single.
"At the end of the day, being part of a great organization, being part of a great group of people who want to win, young players they see is what makes me here. I think I'm blessed. I just help them," Pujols said. "It's fun, trust me." Wainwright (10-9) had his three hits, two of which were infield. He retired his 7th strikeout, no walks, and his last 13 hitters.
"My job today is to not mess it up. was," he said. He said. “The offense was the story.
Lars Nootbaar hit a two-run homer, Paul Goldschmidt added two doubles and a single
Senzatela (3-7) was injured. The right-handed pitcher is 0-5 with a 6.41 ERA in eight road starts this season.