Jeremy Hazelbaker pinch-hit for Cardinals starter Mike Leake in the eighth inning and drilled a two-run home run off of the facade of the second deck at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday. That marks the Cardinals’ 14th pinch-hit home run of the season, tying the major league record also held by the 2001 Diamondbacks and Giants, per ESPN Stats & Info.
The Nationals (11) are the only other team with double-digit pinch-hit home runs this season.
The Cardinals as a team cranked out four home runs in a 9-0 rout of the Phillies. Though the Cubs lost on Sunday, the Cardinals are still 12 games out of first place in the NL Central, a likely insurmountable lead. However, the Cardinals are 1.5 games ahead of the Marlins for the second NL Wild Card slot.