(Busch Stadium) In a back and forth game that featured 36 base runners, the San Francisco Giants outlasted the St. Louis Cardinals for a 9-8 victory tonight.
“Came up one run short tonight,” said Paul Goldschmidt, who tripled and doubled to drive in four runs. “Can’t change the result of this game. If we would’ve won that would have been great. We weren’t able to do it, we’ll come out and be ready to go tomorrow.”
The game featured three errors and four wild pitches between the two teams as they traded runs back and forth.
After Michael Wacha started the game with two scoreless frames, San Francisco scored four runs in the third off Tyler Webb, the Cardinals chipped away at the Giants lead as Tommy Edman doubled in the bottom half of the inning and scored on a Dexter Fowler single. Paul DeJong visited Big Ac Land with his 25th home run of the season in the fourth inning to make it 4-2.
In the fifth, Goldschmidt hit his first triple of the season, 369 feet away off the wall in right center, to drive in both Randy Arozarena and Kolten Wong and tie the game.
“Tough battle tonight,” Wong said. “We didn’t expect them to roll over. You try and take the positives and move on.”
An error by DeJong extended the Giants sixth inning and Brandon Crawford made them pay with a 3-run homer off Dominic Leone. All three runs were unearned.
The seesaw continued as the Cardinals responded with four runs of their own in the sixth, as Edman and Harrison Bader each drove in a run to go with two more from a Goldschmidt double.
The St. Louis lead remained intact until the eighth, when Kevin Pillar hit a two-run homer off Giovanny Gallegos.
–After playing their fastest game of the season last night (2:11), tonight was the longest nine-inning game of 2019 for the Cardinals at four hours and five minutes.
“It was one of those where obviously everyone was taking good at-bats from the get go on both sides,” Wong said. “Usually when that happens and you’re not having quick innings, you’re in for a little bit of a battle.”
–Kolten Wong stole his 20th base of the season, matching his career best from his rookie season in 2014.
–Taking his first at-bat at Busch Stadium, rookie Randy Arozarena doubled off the left field wall in the bottom of the 5th inning.
–Congrats to the Johnson City Cardinals won the Appalachian League Championship (Rookie League) tonight with an 8-6 victory over Burlington.
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