(Busch Stadium) If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Nothing could be truer for St. Louis Cardinals reliever Giovanny Gallegos, who again shut down a bases loaded jam without allowing a run as his team beat Chicago 2-1.
“It’s a big game tonight,” Gallegos said. “Everybody on the team did a good job.”
The win moved the Cardinals a game ahead of the Cubs and into sole possession of first place in the National League Central.
Coming in to relieve starter Adam Wainwright in the 6th inning with two outs and the bases loaded, Gallegos got Kyle Schwarber to fly out to left field. It was the thirteenth time Gallegos had pitched to a hitter with the sacks jammed. He has not yielded a hit or walk in those instances.
“I don’t think too much when I’m in that situation,” Gallegos said. “When I’m in the bullpen, obviously I think about a lot of things. But when I stand on the mound, I don’t think anything. Just focus and throw strikes and make the hitter out.”
The appearance is the eighth straight for Gallegos without allowing a run (11.2 innings), which added to what was already the 7th longest active streak in the National League.
“I have my routine,” Gallegos explained. “When I was in the minor league system, everyday it was working on the routine. It’s the same thing here in the big leagues. I think it’s my confidence, my confidence in every pitch.”
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo home run in the 6th inning for the game-winning run. It marked his 11th homer of July and 25th of the season.
“I feel like there’s been times where I’m maybe getting more hits, but never to have home runs like this,” Goldschmidt said. “This is something I’ve never done, to have six in six games or seven in eight. This game is crazy. Just enjoy the good times and try to forget about the bad.”
–The Cardinals have hit at least one home run in thirteen straight games, the longest active streak in the National League.
–The home team advantage continues in the series–the Cardinals have won all four games against the Cubs at Busch Stadium, while Chicago has taken all six games at Wrigley Field this season.
–The official attendance of 46,123 marked the fifteenth sellout of the season for St. Louis.