(BaseballStL) -- Just call this weekend’s High Sock Sunday the Jhonny Peralta Show as the Cardinals shortstop jacked two homers in the Redbirds 7-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Cards had failed to hit a home run since April 16, but Peralta got the Birds back by going yard twice in back to back innings.
Peralta took both Edinson Volquez deep to the third deck of Busch Stadium. His fifth homer of the season was a solo shot that gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. Then in the next inning he took Volquez deep once more, shooting a 396 feet shot that just cleared the wall of the Pirates bullpen. The 3-run bomb put the Cards up by 6 and a cap on Volquez’s day.
The Redbirds also got offensive production from Matt Holliday, Allen Craig and Yadier Molina, who contributed the only 3 runs not batted in by Peralta. Holliday hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning after a Matt Carpenter lead-off double. And Craig’s RBI single scored Holliday to begin the scoring parade in the sixth inning.
Matt Adams hit his first career triple in the bottom of the eighth and he scored on the second sacrifice fly of the game from Molina.
Not to be outdone by his offense, Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright pitched a gem, going 8.0 innings and only allowing 3 hits, 2 walks and struck out 7 batters. He faced trouble in the third and sixth innings, but he was able to strike out Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker to end the threats.
"Waino is the same guy we've seen all season," said manager Mike Matheny, "He's an absolute joy to watch."
"We got some big hits today and gave him a little bit of breathing room."
He also extended his scoreless innings streak to 25, dating all the way back to his 10-4 win over the Cubs on April 12. Wainwright becomes the first pitcher in the NL to get to the 5 win point, but Matheny didn't let him finish the game electing to give the ninth to Carlos Martinez.
Matheny was candid after game saying that his conversation with Wainwright wasn't pleasant.
"We've got guys who can throw down in the pen," Matheny argued.
The Milwaukee Brewers come to town for a three game series at Busch.