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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.

Cardinals sign Matt Wieters to one-year, $2 million deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals and free agent catcher Matt Wieters have agreed on a one-year, $2 million deal. Wieters can earn an additional $1 million through incentives.

Wieters, 33, spent last season with the Cardinals as Yadier Molina‘s backup. In 67 games, the veteran hit .214/.268/.435 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI. While Wieters has left something to be desired offensively in recent years, he still plays solid defense behind the plate.

Wieters will once again serve as the backup to Molina. Catching prospect Andrew Knizner is expected to start the season at Triple-A Memphis.