(BaseballStL) – The scoreboard tells a lie for Monday’s night game, claiming the Cardinals were within two runs of beating the Miami Marlins when in reality they scored two of those runs during the final out of the game.
Most of the offense instead came from Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton. He almost single handily won Monday night’s game against the Cardinals, hitting two monstrous homers, and pushing Cards starter Shelby Miller out of the game early.
The first home run came in the first inning on a 0-1 count with another runner on base. His second homer came in the third inning as a solo shot.
“In those situations, we’re pitching him tough and he got a ball up. He made us pay,” manager Mike Matheny said, referring to Stanton’s first homer, “He’s a good player.”
Coming off a no-decision start against his best friend, Monday’s game saw Miller going just 5.0 innings, while giving up 5 earned runs. Three of those five runs came off the bat of Stanton in the form of two homers, one going 470 feet into left center.
Stanton has now hit 7 of his 30 home runs more than 450 feet. Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright takes his turn Tuesday night at stopping Stanton and the Marlins.