The momentum swung back to the St. Louis Cardinals to stay in the 7th inning as Yadier Molina delivered a solo home run over the wall in left center for the 4-3 win over Cincinnati this afternoon.
“I love it, I love it–it’s an honor,” smiled Molina afterwards. “Every time you get the fans involved in the game, screaming your name, it’s a great honor. I have fun with it. I enjoy it. It’s great.”
The Cardinals had carried a 3-0 lead into the 7th before Tyler Lyons ran into problems after relieving Luke Gregerson.
“We’ve got three lefties in the next four hitters, it’s what we’ve been doing,” explained Mike Matheny. “I pushed Tyler pretty hard yesterday with 17 pitches. That hurt us today. That was a call I made early on. Going into that inning, wanted to give Gregerson the righties and then over to Tyler and hope to see one pitch and a pop up, everybody high-fiving, and then hand the ball over to (Hicks). But pushed Tyler too far and that hurt us.”
The big hit for the Reds came from Scooter Gennett, who had a two-run single off Lyons. Gennett had previously been 0-9 in his career against Lyons.
But Yadi responded with one out in the bottom half of the frame, taking Jared Hughes deep.
“I knew he was going to throw a fastball,” he said. “He’s a sinker ball pitcher, but I knew sooner or later he was going to throw a fastball and I was ready for it.”
The home run by Molina is his 6th of the season and matches his previous career best of 5 homers in one month (August 2017). Entering his fifteenth season, he has hit more than ten home runs four times in his career.
“Trying? Hell no,” laughed Yadi. “I’m not trying. I’m putting some good at-bats, some good swings on the ball, and the ball is taking off.”
The game-winning home run also marked the 800th RBI of Molina’s career, a milestone he was unaware of.
“I just care more about the win,” said Molina.
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