(Busch Stadium) On one of the hottest days of the summer, Paul Goldschmidt delivered one of the biggest hits of the season for the St. Louis Cardinals, a three-run homer to lead his team to a 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon.
“I had two strikes there, was just trying to put something in play,” Goldschmidt said. “I knew a single would tie the game up there, if I could just put something in play and maybe find a hole–at least tie the game up. Was able to get enough of it to get it out of there.”
The home run landed 403 feet away in the visitor’s bullpen in left field.
In his last 12 games, Goldschmidt has now hit four home runs and driven in 12 runs while batting .286 (12-42).
“Trying to help us win, honestly,” Goldschmidt said. “It’s not about me trying to get a certain number of something like that. That’s why today’s hit or home run was so enjoyable, it helped us win a game. That’s the fun part, that’s why we’re here.”
“I’m not a guy who’s really trying to over-analyze and think about it. Just try to get a good pitch and hit it hard. Put a good swing on it and whatever happens after that, let it be.”
That being said, Goldschmidt does make a couple of adjustments when he is batting with two strikes.
“I choke up and try to put the ball in play,” Goldschmidt explained. “I’m still a guy who strikes out a decent amount so it probably helps but it’s not like I’m just trying to hit anything because if I hit a weak ground ball, it could be a double play or something like that. I think I’m not one to just go up there and swing and have the strikeouts be astronomically high. I want to put the ball in play. I know that’s a good thing, especially with two strikes. I know there’s lots of holes out there. It’s kind of a balancing point between trying to put the ball in play but making sure you hit it hard enough the right way to make sure you can get a hit.”
With the win, the Cardinals took two of three games from Pittsburgh and finished their homestand at 4-2.
–Tyler O’Neill extended his hitting streak to five games (10-20, .500) and drove in two runs. Jose Martinez plated the other run with a sacrifice fly.
–Reliever John Brebbia (3-3) earned the win, throwing 2.0 shutout innings. Dominic Leone, Chasen Shreve, and Andrew Miller also put up zeroes before Carlos Martinez allowed one run before earning his sixth save of the season.
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