Monday night’s series opener for the St. Louis Cardinals in Arizona had a little bit of everything, from a strong starting pitching performance from Lance Lynn, to an awful bullpen outing from J.C. Romero.
The real story of the game for me was the back-to-back home runs hit by Allen Craig and David Freese in the top of the seventh inning. That gave the Cardinals important breathing room after the Snakes had hung a six-spot on the board in the bottom of the sixth which pulled the home team to within one run.
They were the second back-to-back long balls for the Cardinals on the wild evening. In the third inning, it was Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday doing the honors.
According to researcher Tom Orf, Monday marked the first time since July 15, 2007 that the Cardinals hit back-to-back homers twice in a game. That time, it was Albert Pujols/Chris Duncan and Juan Encarnacion/Adam Kennedy doing the honors.
Leading off Monday’s game, Rafael Furcal also homered. It was the team’...