Albert Pujols’ pinch-hit grand slam backs fellow 40-something Adam Wainwright’s gem for St. Louis Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols launched a pinch-hit grand slam and drove in 5 runs, Adam Wainwright pitched seven sharp innings and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Colorado Rockies 13-0 Thursday for a three-game sweep.

“We’re playing right now, I think the way that we were expecting ourselves to play early in the year,” Pujols mentioned. “We didn’t, but we had some glimpses here and there. Now we’re playing the best baseball we have played all year long.”

Wainwright referred to as Pujols “incredible.”

“He looks the same as when he left to me,” Wainwright mentioned. “This is what he’s supposed to look like, here, this stadium, doing these things.”

Based on Elias Sports activities Bureau, the Cardinals are the primary workforce in massive league historical past to have a participant not less than 40 years previous hit a grand slam and one other not less than 40 to pitch seven shutout innings in the identical recreation. Pujols is 42, 2 years older than Wainwright.

The NL Central-leading Cardinals gained their fourth in a row and despatched Colorado to its fifth straight loss. St. Louis has gained 12 of its previous 13 dwelling video games and has taken 12 straight from the Rockies at Busch Stadium.

Pujols hit his 690th profession dwelling run, connecting off Austin Gomber and capping a five-run third that made it 10-0. It was Pujols’ sixteenth profession grand slam — his first as a pinch hitter — and it moved him right into a tie with Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Dave Kingman for Tenth-most slams of all time.

He grew to become the primary participant to hit a pinch-hit grand slam inside the first three innings of a recreation because the Yankees’ Bobby Murcer on July 25, 1971, in opposition to the Brewers

Cardinals supervisor Oliver Marmol mentioned he went with the unconventional choice to pinch hit Pujols within the third inning for designated hitter Brendan Donovan as a result of he preferred the matchup in opposition to Gomber.

“He’s been killing lefties,” Marmol mentioned. “The game’s never over, but you can put the game away there with a good swing and it’s always good to get the crowd engaged. We felt good about it and he did his job.”

Pujols added an RBI single.

“I think at the end of the day, just being part of a great organization, a great group of guys that want to win, young players they’re watching, I’m blessed to be here, and just help those guys out,” Pujols mentioned. “It’s fun, trust me.”

Wainwright (10-9) gave up three hits, two of them infield singles. He struck out seven, walked none and retired his remaining 13 batters.

“My job today it was just to not mess it up,” he mentioned. “The offense was the story. They were incredible you know and Albert hitting the grand slam, I mean we’re just kind of like living in his shadow right, which is where we should be.”

Info from The Related Press was used on this report.