A solo home run in the fifth inning and two-run shot in the seventh by Yadier Molina helped power the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers tonight.
The pair of homers by Molina moved him past Ted Simmons (6) for the most multi-homer games by a Cardinals catcher in franchise history.
“It’s just a great honor to be on those lists with a bunch of good players, Hall of Fame players,” Molina said. “But at the same time, my focus is to win games here. We’ve got a great run right now, we’re playing good baseball and that’s what matters for me.”
Tonight’s win keeps the Cardinals 3.0 games ahead of Chicago in the National League Central. It also matches their season best of six consecutive wins, scoring at least six runs each game in this recent stretch.
“Lately, we’re taking better at-bats, consistent at-bats,” Molina said. “Right now, we’re in a good place to hit the ball and it’s been fun lately.”
Molina has now hit safely in each of his last 10 meetings with the Brewers, batting .459 (17-for-37), and has driven in 15 runs in 14 games overall against the Brewers this season. The multi-homer game is the seventh career for Molina, 4 of which have come at Miller Park.
Asked about his success in Milwaukee, Yadi knocked against the wood of his locker three times and smiled.
“Obviously, everybody knows that this stadium is a hitter’s park,” he said. “You see the ball good here, with the background you see the ball pretty well. I feel pretty comfortable here.”
Starter Miles Mikolas allowed one run on four hits and struck out 10 batters in his six innings, which marked the first double-digit strikeout game of his career. Jack Flaherty (2x) and Adam Wainwright are the only other two Cardinals pitchers to strike out at least ten batters in a game this season.
photo credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports