Molina Calls the Shot

(Busch Stadium) Add another talent to the resume for Yadier Molina–clairvoyance. The St. Louis catcher had his hands raised in the air even before Dexter Fowler swung at what turned into a 2-run homer to give the Cardinals a 6-5 victory over Colorado tonight.

“I got a good feeling the way he–his previous at-bat, he was taking good swings,” Molina explained. “I knew it. For some reason, I knew it. I’ve got confidence in Dex that he swinging the bat pretty good and for some reason I knew it.”

The play occurred in the bottom of the 7th inning after Matt Carpenter drew a pinch-hit walk to lead things off. As Yency Alamonte delivered the pitch, Molina raised his hands above his head with a knowing look.

“He saw it before I did,” Fowler laughed. “I was just looking for a good pitch to hit. It was 2-0, just walked the guy in front of me. I knew he was going to try and come back with something to hit.”

The blast by Fowler was the fourth in the game as Marcell Ozuna (23), Nolan Arenado (32), and Paul DeJong (23) also went deep.

“I didn’t think it was jumping at all,” Fowler said. “I hit two balls on the nose and I came out with nothing, to the track. The next at-bat, Goldy said ‘hey, try and pull the ball’ so that’s what I did.”

Over the last four games, Fowler now has eight runs driven in and leads the Cardinals with 15 in the month of August.

“The situation’s there,” he said. “The guys have been getting on base and I’ve just been in the right situation at the right time.”

Besides the RBIs, Fowler also entered the night with a .389 OBP for the month.

“I think it’s back at the lead-off spot,” he said. “That’s where I’ve been my whole career, so it’s a little bit of familiarity there.”

–Dominic Leone earned the win in his first game back since being recalled from Memphis.

–Carlos Martinez closed out the game for his 15th save of the season. Twelve of those saves have come after the All-Star break which is tops in the National League.

photo credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

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