As the year 2014 winds down, here’s a look back at some of the moments and people that made the season what it was as the St. Louis Cardinals went 90-72 and earned their fourth consecutive trip to the National League Championship Series.
–(April 7th) The Cardinals returned to Busch Stadium for the home opener where Yadier Molina drove in three runs to secure a 5-3 win over Cincinnati. It also marked the opening of the new St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum. Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Whitey Herzog, Tony La Russa, Red Schoendienst, and Ozzie Smith were among those on hand for the ribbon-cutting and first tour through the Museum.
–(April 12th) General Manager John Mozeliak agreed to a two-year contract extension which will keep him with the Cardinals through the 2018 season.
–(April 16th) Joe Kelly injures his hamstring trying to beat out a bunt in Milwaukee. The right-hander would not return to the mound until July 11th–85 days later. Tyler Lyons was the first to take his spot in the rotation.
–(April 21st) Pitcher Eric Fornataro made his ML debuts. There would be more roster shuffling the end of the month as the team, which at one point went 366 at-bats without a home run, looked for more offensive spark. Greg Garcia and Randal Grichuk would be recalled and debut with Shane Robinson and Kolten Wong being optioned to Memphis. Mozeliak addressed the changes…
–(April 22nd) Chasing after a ground ball between the mound and first base, Adam Wainwright hyper-extended his knee but insisted he would be fine–and indeed made his next start to finish the month 5-0 and with a 25-inning scoreless streak.
–(April 22nd) Though no longer a Cardinal, Albert Pujols built upon the 445 home runs he hit for St. Louis as he deposited 499 and 500 into the seats–becoming just the 26th player in ML history to do so.
–The Cardinals went 14-14 on the month, which resulted in being 5.5 games back in the NL Central heading into May.
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