Marcell Ozuna checked another milestone off his list after collecting his 100th career home run during Saturday’s 3-2 win over the Pirates. In the second inning, the Cardinals slugger drew an 0-2 count against Pittsburgh right-hander Chad Kuhl, then grabbed hold of a 94-MPH sinker and drove it out to center field for the team’s first run of the afternoon.
The 417-foot blast was just the fourth of Ozuna’s season so far, and he still has a ways to go if he intends to eclipse the 37-homer mark he set with the Marlins in 2017. That power has eluded him so far this spring, however, as he entered Saturday’s contest batting a worrisome .265/.312/.340 with just nine extra-base hits and a .652 OPS over 216 PA.
Following his second-inning heroics, Ozuna collected a single and a walk in his remaining three at-bats. The Pirates brought the game down to the wire with Austin Meadows‘ game-tying solo shot in the top of the ninth, but Kolten Wong quickly sealed the deal with a decisive walk-off homer in the bottom of the inning.