Yesterday the Cardinals beat up on the Giants 15-6. Every starting position player got a hit. It was actually 15-2 after 8. The Cardinals manager asked the dugout for a volunteer to pitch the 9th rather than use a reliever. Albert Pujols volunteered for his first major league pitching opportunity. He gave up a three run homer and a solo homer but successfully closed out the game as still a blowout. It’s safe to say he’s not Shohei Ohtani, but he had fun as did the rest of the Redbirds yesterday.
It was also the 203rd time Wainwright and Molina formed a winning battery. Here is how many pitcher/catcher duos have more in major league history: _____. Nobody. That’s the new major league record. They surpassed the Boston/Milwaukee Braves’ Warren Spahn and Del Crandall. They are third in terms of appearances together as battery mates (311) behind the Tigers’ Mickey Lolich/Bill Freehan (324) and Spahn/Crandall (316). Any time you can pass a list headed by Warren Spahn, that’s pretty cool—so congratulations to them.