(BaseballStL) — On a night where the Cardinals clawed out another one-run victory, Jhonny Peralta quietly slipped into the franchise record books.
In the sixth inning of a 4-1 game, the St. Louis shortstop belted a solo shot to the left field upper deck. It was his 17th home run of the season, an all-time single season record for a Cardinal shortstop.
“Those numbers speak for themselves,” Mike Matheny said after the game. “There’s been some really good shortstops to come through here. To be in a classification of all-time anything is a great honor.”
Peralta was unavailable after the game, but Matheny spoke highly of the 32-year-old, especially the pop he’s brought to the lineup.
“I think a lot of talk has been had about our offense and the lack of power. He’s a guy that’s obviously stood out,” the manager said. “Every time he gets up there he’s got the ability to hit it out of just about any park.”
Peralta was previously tied at 16 homers with Edgar Renteria (2000) and Daryl Spencer (1960). His 17th shot sparked a rally in the sixth inning, ultimately paving the way for a Cardinal victory.
A .266 average is good enough to put him in the top 10 in the majors at his position, with his 56 RBIs ranking fifth. Those 17 long balls trail only Troy Tulowitzki and Ian Desmond and he’s tied for first with 32 doubles.
“Just the entire package,” Matheny said of Peralta. “He’s been a great asset to this team, a great addition all around.”