(Busch Stadium) For the fifth consecutive game, Paul Goldschmidt went yard as his three-run homer in the eighth inning tonight lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-3 victory over the Houston Astros.
“With the infield in, there’s a lot of holes out there,” Goldschmidt said. “I wasn’t thinking like fly ball–I didn’t want to just pop it up to the infield or something like that. Just try to get something that I could get the job done with.”
It was the 23rd home run of the season for Goldschmidt, who’s 25 RBIs in July are the most in the National League. The first baseman has downplayed his contributions after some past offensive contributions, but acknowledges things have turned the corner.
“Obviously, it’s been better,” Goldschmidt admitted. “It is what it is, it’s been good. But who knows how long it’s going to last. I just try to keep the same attitude, even when I wasn’t getting results. Show up, prepare and work hard and try to go help us go win the next day. That’s where my mindset is now and will be tomorrow and hopefully for every game the rest of the year.”
Extending his hitting streak to eight straight games, Kolten Wong drove in Goldschmidt for the first Cardinals run in the fourth inning. Matt Wieters added a solo home run in the 7th to complete the scoring.
Coupled with the Chicago Cubs losing to the Milwaukee Brewers, the win moved the Cardinals to 1.0 games ahead of the National League Central.
Outfielder Dexter Fowler fouled a pitch off his left foot in the eighth inning. He stayed in the game–drawing a walk and then scoring on Goldschmidt’s home run. However, Fowler did not return to the outfield for the top of the ninth.
“We’re going to get a CT scan,” Mike Shildt shared. “We don’t see anything on the initial x-ray that tells us that there’s a fracture, but it is in a similar area of last season. So we’re going to be very diligent about what that looks like. But at this moment, we’re optimistic.”