For the second consecutive day, the Cardinals took down the visiting Pirates on an extra-inning walkoff.
On Friday night, it was Matt Adams stroking an opposite-field single that scored Jon Jay in the bottom of the 10th inning to secure a 2-1 victory. And then on Saturday, third baseman Matt Carpenter lifted a sacrifice fly to deep left field that easily plated Pete Kozma in the bottom of the 11th to notch another 2-1 win. Pirates left fielder Starling Marte didn’t even bother trying to throw Kozma out.
Carpenter is batting .366/.434/.634 with 15 RBI and 21 runs scored in 23 games for the Cardinals, who have won five straight and boast the best record in baseball at 17-6. They’ll go for a sweep of the division-rival Pirates on Sunday afternoon behind 23-year-old starter Michael Wacha. Who needs Adam Wainwright?
Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …
Yankees 4, Red Sox 2
White Sox 3, Twins 5
Pirates 1, Cardinals 2 (11 innings)
Brewers 6, Cubs 1
Angels 4, Giants 5
Blue Jays 11, Indians 4
Phillies 0, Marlins 7
Rays 0, Orioles 4
Tigers 2, Royals 1
Reds 8, Braves 4
Mariners 4, Astros 11
Nationals 1, Mets 0
Athletics 7, Rangers 8 (10 innings)
Rockies 2, Padres 4
Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 6
Watch as Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen collects the 1,000th hit of his career on a sharply-struck infield single Wednesday night against Cubs reliever Edwin Jackson …
1,000 hits isn’t really a notable milestone — over 1,200 players have done it — but it’s impressive how quickly the 28-year-old McCutchen got there. He made his major league debut for the Pirates on June 4, 2009.
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York has the update …
New York Mets captain David Wright is progressing from a right hamstring strain that sent him to the disabled list on April 15.
A the team’s complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Wright took live batting practice Wednesday for the first time since suffering the injury, manager Terry Collins said.
The final hurdle for Wright before he’s cleared for a rehab assignment will be running the bases. He’s been able to do some straight-line jogging, but the veteran third baseman hasn’t tried sharp turns yet on his injured right leg. The hope is that he’ll be ready for activation at some point next week. Wright, 32, was batting .333/.371/.424 in eight games before the injury.
You’re gonna want to see this 483-foot blast that Nelson Cruz hit Wednesday in Arlington …
The ball came off Cruz’s bat at 116 mph, according to MLB’s Statcast data. It was the 19th home run to ever land in the club level at Globe Life Park and Cruz — who played for the Rangers from 2005-2013 — can claim three of those 19. He is tied with Boston’s Hanley Ramirez for the major league lead in home runs at 10.
Here’s some bad — but not unexpected — news.
According to MLB.com beat reporter Ken Gurnick, Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy — who was diagnosed Monday with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow — is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday in Los Angeles. The procedure comes with a 12-15 month recovery timetable, so McCarthy probably won’t be back in the majors until next June or July.
McCarthy signed a four-year, $48 million free agent contract with Los Angeles this past offseason after posting a 4.05 ERA, 1.275 WHIP, and 175/33 K/BB ratio across 200 innings last season for the Diamondbacks and Brewers. The 31-year-old had a 5.87 ERA, 1.217 WHIP, and 29/4 K/BB ratio through 23 innings (four starts) this season with the Dodgers.
McCarthy, a smart, funny dude and one of the few athletes worth following on Twitter, told Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register on Wednesday that he is “taking suggestions for hobbies.”