(BaseballStL) — The Cardinals found themselves in a hole in the third inning Wednesday, and by the fourth it was a pit.
Seven hits and seven runs to match put St. Louis in dire straights, but the Cardinal offense refused to go quietly.
Following the near-knockout two-inning combo by the Yankees, the bottom half of the scoreboard started to light up.
“I really admire the fact these guys just kept playing the game, kept having good at bats,” Mike Matheny said in his post game conference.
The Cardinals plated a runner in three straight innings from the fourth through the sixth, and had a man on in every frame the rest of the game.
Every position player but Peter Bourjos had a hit, with Kolten Wong turning in a career-best four and Matt Carpenter picking up two to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
The Cardinals out-hit New York 13 to 12, but couldn’t catch the runaway Yankee offense.
“That’s the story I want to leave with is these guys kept fighting,” the St. Louis manager said. “We’ve all seen teams that roll over in situation like that and that didn’t happen tonight. We just couldn’t get enough.”
After the Cardinal bats took a one-inning break from scoring in the seventh, Randy Choate worked out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam to keep the contest within reach. The Gateway Gang got another run in the eighth to draw within three, and the bottom of the ninth rolled in with a glimmer of hope.
Allen Craig singled for a spark, and Yadier Molina’s walk brought the equalizing run to the dish with no outs.
Jon Jay struck out for the first out, bringing Matt Adams to the plate as a pinch hitter. The big-swinging lefty was benched with a tight calf to start, but swung freely in his one shot of the night. Heroics were not in the cards as the first baseman went down on strikes, along with Daniel Descalso, but the Cardinal skipper was proud to see his club compete to the last out.
“You look at the fact we were down seven- we get to a point where they bring their closer in and we get the tying run to the plate.”
The Cardinals host the Giants for a four-game set next, then split four more with Kansas City before heading to Toronto to close out 20 straight games.