Cardinals get two early home runs, take 2-0 lead vs. Braves

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The Cardinals scored one run in the last two games. They just surpassed that in the space of three pitches in Game 4 of the NLDS this afternoon.

Facing Braves starter Dallas Keuchel, who is working on short rest, Paul Goldschmidt came to bat with two out in the bottom of the first and launched an 82 m.p.h. offspeed pitch about 10,000 feet up in the air. Really, it’s as clear as a bell in St. Louis today, but he hit it so high it looked like it’d bring rain. It managed to just clear the fence in left center to give the Cards a 1-0 lead:

The next batter was Marcell Ozuna. He hit the second pitch he saw much lower but much farther. Around 440 feet is the initial estimate:

It’s now in the second inning.

Phillies’ Alec Bohm has MRI, sits out again with tight hamstring

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NEW YORK — Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm is out of the starting lineup for the second time in three games because of left hamstring tightness.

Bohm had an MRI and the Phillies were awaiting the results. Philadelphia manager Rob Thomson said it was too soon to tell if Bohm might land on the injured list.

Bohm sat out the loss in Atlanta because of the same issue then Philadelphia was off.

Edmundo Sosa was set to start at third against the New York Mets, batting ninth.

Thomson said Bohm felt discomfort after fielding a slow roller. He played the entire game and went 0 for 3 in a 2-0 loss to the Mets.

Bohm is batting .265 with six homers and a team-high 37 RBIs this season. He has a .724 OPS.