There was a barrage of home runs hit on Monday night by the St. Louis Cardinals. Five of them to be exact.
And the player that kicked off the home-run fest… pitcher Adam Wainwright.
The 33-year old hit his seventh career home run in the fifth inning on Monday night, a three-run shot that tied the game up at 3-3.
For the Philadelphia Phillies, it all went downhill from there.
Aledmys Diaz, Kolten Wong, Randal Grichuk, Matt Adams all followed with home runs of their own over the course of the game as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Phillies by the score of 10-3.
When he wasn’t dominating at the plate, Wainwright got his groove back on the mound, pitching nearly seven innings, and earning his second win of the season, after starting the year 0-3.
“Every time I’ve come to the plate since I was 8 years old I dreamed about hitting a ball like that,” said Wainwright, who hadn’t gone deep since 2012. “I’ve hit some really far homers in Little League or whatever. But I’ve never hit a ball, felt it, and known it was gone. I knew that was going to be a home run.”
For the first time in Busch Stadium III history, the Cardinals connected for back-to-back homers twice in the same game. And Wainwright’s home run was the first by a pitcher since Cardinals Hall of Famer Chris Carpenter hit one back in 2009.
To put it on record: Bob Gibson hit 24 career home runs: Wainwright is at seven.
He has some catching up to do.
That, or he’ll just focus on doing his damage on the mound.