The Cardinals secured a series sweep at home against the Pirates when Kolten Wong slugged a solo home run to right field in the 14th inning off of reliever Radhames Liz. It marked their third consecutive walk-off win against the Pirates. They won on Friday with a tenth-inning walk-off RBI single from Matt Adams, and won again on Saturday on Matt Carpenter’s walk-off sacrifice fly in the 11th inning.
The Cardinals have four consecutive walk-off wins against the Pirates dating back to last season. On September 3, Peter Bourjos hit a walk-off single against Mark Melancon in the bottom of the ninth inning to send his team to a 1-0 win.
Now 18-6, the Cardinals have the best record in baseball. In the National League, the Mets have the second-best record at 16-10. The Cardinals are 4.5 games ahead of the second-place Cubs.
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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.