(Busch Stadium) Following their 5-0 victory over Pittsburgh tonight, a crowd of teammates waited with eager anticipation to see what John Gant had in store for his postgame interview. The St. Louis Cardinals starter not only threw a scoreless 5.2 innings but also hit his second home run of the season.
As he did in the game, the right-hander didn’t disappoint.
“Probably atypical, I’d say,” answered Gant to the factoid that he is the first player where both of his career hits have been home runs and he has yet to reach base safely any other way. “I’m just trying to make contact and contact was made tonight.”
According to Elias, Gant is just the third pitcher of the Expansion Era to go yard for his first two hits. He is now tied with Miles Mikolas for the HR lead amongst Cardinals pitchers.
“He’s got a lot more hits than me, so I’m going to give the nod to him on that one,” said Gant, who hit his 416 foot blast into left center right after Harrison Bader hit his solo shot 411 feet into the left field seats.
“He scored the first run of the game for us tonight, that’s pretty huge, I’d say,” said Gant. “It was a great team win. A great series win–another series win for us and just going to try and keep on chugging.”
Over his last five starts, John Gant has held the opposition to five total runs. He has a record of 3-1 during that stretch with a 1.59 ERA in 28.1 innings pitched.
So what is making the right-hander successful on the mound?
“The good Lord above blessed me with the talents to play this game,” Gant responded.
It was pointed out that the good Lord above may have also blessed the players on the other team as well.
“Everybody on the whole field,” Gant agreed with a smile.
So what makes him stand out and be successful over the others if they are all blessed?
“That’s a pretty tricky question,” he smiled. “You know what, I don’t have one for you on that one. We’re all blessed. We’re all blessed to play this game and it’s a beautiful thing.”
John Gant is now 6-5 on the season. The victory secured the Cardinals their 10th consecutive series win, the most for the franchise since 2009.
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