ST. LOUIS Two days after giving up a pair of ninth inning home runs in a devastating 2-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Jason Motte took to the mound Saturday for his next save chance.
But in a game the Cardinals desperately needed as they look to track down the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card chase, Motte loaded the bases with no outs and the home team clinging to a 5-3 lead.
But unlike some fans who were probably thinking, "here we go again", Motte erased Thursday's struggles from his memory. And he didn't let an error on David Freese or a hit-by-pitch to Jordy Mercer that loaded the bases bother him either.
Motte allowed a run on a fielder's choice to make it 5-4 but struck out Garrett Jones and got Josh Harrison to ground out to end the Pirates comeback attempt and move the Cardinals to within one game of Pittsburgh for the second Wild Card spot in the National League.
"I didn't really think about the other day at all," Motte said....