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
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said pitcher Carlos Martínez will work out of the bullpen when he returns from the injured list, The Athletic’s Mark Saxon reports. Shildt noted that the decision is based on Martínez’s needs rather than the team’s needs, which suggests he may not yet have the strength to pitch as a starter.
Martínez, 27, opened the season on the injured list due to a right rotator cuff strain. The right-hander was also injured last year, battling lat and oblique injuries. He will go to extended spring training and likely begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. Based on that time frame, Martínez should be activated around mid-May.
Last year, Martínez made 18 starts and 15 relief appearances, posting a 3.11 ERA with five saves and a 117/60 K/BB ratio across 118 2/3 innings. It is unclear what role(s) Martínez will have in the bullpen, but he could eventually help set up for closer Jordan Hicks.