Martinez and Mikolas Set Tone

(Busch Stadium) One would be very hard pressed to find a flaw in the St. Louis Cardinals 10-2 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday. Miles Mikolas became the team’s first starter to complete the 7th and 8th innings, Paul DeJong made a stellar play deep in the hole at shortstop, Paul Goldschmidt hit a towering home run, and Jose Martinez continued his streak of multi-hit games to name just a few of the highlights.

“Well-played, all-phases,” Mike Shildt assessed afterwards. “Good base-running. Ozuna going first to third. Guys scoring from first on doubles, guys anticipating balls, reading the dirt…Just everybody’s on time. This game’s about timing and base running’s no different than defense and no different than hitting. If you’re on time with what you’re doing–like Goldy almost beat that force out at second was one of the fun parts of the day for me as well.”

“It was a great day for everybody,” Martinez echoed. “Everybody went out there just to win. Yesterday, we had a tough day getting those runners in scoring position to home plate. Today, we did a pretty good job of that.”

Hitting safely in his last six starts, Martinez joined Matt Holliday (2009), Aaron Miles (2007), and Chris Duncan (2006) to become the fourth player in Busch Stadium III history to record at least three hits in three straight home games.

“I think I needed these at-bats,” Martinez said. “I know I’m not going to be happy just because Bader and O’Neill, they are on the DL. When they come back, I’m going to be 100% ready again whatever opportunity that Shildt wants me out there.”

The eight runs was the largest margin of victory this season for the Cardinals, who scored in four different innings. Two of those runs came from Mikolas, who delivered a two-out single in the 2nd inning.

“Choke and poke, tough with two,” Mikolas smiled. “I saw them walk Wong there and with guys on base in that situation I knew if I could just kind of shorten up and slap something, poke something through the infield I might get lucky and I did, so nice.”

On the mound, Mikolas finished with a line of 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, and 4 Ks. He threw a total of 100 pitches, 73 were strikes.

“Just executing what I set out to do,” Mikolas explained. “Watched the game last night, watch how their hitters reacted to a lot of the pitches the other day. We do our scouting meetings and everything like that. Having real good command just kind of helps that. It leads to not having to go off book as much. When I’ve got command of all my pitches, it’s easier to hit those spots and just stick to the plan.”

CONTUSION FOR CARP

–Matt Carpenter exited the game after fouling a pitch off his knee in the 6th inning. He was able to stay in the game and ran the bases after drawing a walk, but was replaced by Jedd Gyorko at third base to start the top of the 7th.

“Contusion, wanted to make sure we were able to get ahead of it a little bit,” Mike Shildt said.

–Paul Goldschmidt’s home run in the 8th inning traveled an estimated 464 feet, which is the longest by a Cardinal player since Statcast began tracking in 2015.

–The official attendance of 47,059 was the largest crowd of the season at Busch Stadium and second sellout for St. Louis.

photo credit: Joe Puetz, Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

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