The Gatorade bath and getting mobbed by your teammates never gets old. Just ask Dexter Fowler, who delivered the walk-off single in the 13th inning for the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 win over the New York Mets this afternoon.
“It’s awesome,” smiled Fowler. “”Hats off to the guys–even the guys who are struggling, we battled. We take professional at-bats and we battled against Syndergaard. Syndergaard was nasty today and we found a way to scratch out a win.”
It was the fifth time in Fowler’s career that he delivered a walk-off hit, the last time coming in June of 2013. And as the outfielder has been working to get back on track at the plate, this kind of hit can provide some extra momentum.
“Oh, 100%,” said Fowler. “100%. Anytime you can help your team and you get rewarded for it, it’s awesome.”
After leading off in 16 of his first 17 games, Fowler has been sliding up and down the line up–batting second, sixth, fourth, and fifth in the order. Today he hit fifth.
“I’ve hit some balls hard,” said Fowler. “I’ve hit some balls hard right at people, like obviously it’s the wrong day to hit that ball to center that I hit on Syndergaard. I hit that well, got nothing to show for it. Like I said, I’ve just to keep going in there and try to take quality ABs.”
The Cardinals did not record their first base runner until the 4th inning when Tommy Pham singled. They got on the scoreboard in the 7th, when Pham doubled and was driven in by Marcell Ozuna. An inning later, Pham drove in Greg Garcia to tie the game 2-2.
“Huge,” said Pham of the victory. “For us to not quit there, for everyone to just step up when we needed it is huge. It sucks to be on the losing side of those games so I’m just glad we came out victorious.”
The Mets moved ahead 3-2 in the top of the 10th as Luke Gregerson issued a bases loaded walk to Jose Lobaton, but Martinez drove in Pham with a double in the bottom of the inning to keep the game alive.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the 13th, when following a one-out walk from Jose Martinez, Ozuna singled to make it first and second. Folwer then delivered with a single into right field and Martinez raced around to score the winning run.
The win clinched the series against New York and improved the Cardinals to 15-9 on the season.
“Hopefully, just take this momentum on and just keep it going,” said Fowler. “We’re taking better at-bats and the pitching staff is doing their thing as well.”
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