Tigers take two of three from Cardinals behind pair of walk-off wins
Detroit - The St. Louis Cardinals entered the weekend with an opportunity to put real distance between themselves and the competition in the National League Wild Card race. The Cardinals traveled to Detroit to take on a rebuilding Tigers club that has been one of the worst in baseball this season. Two walk off wins by the Tigers in the first two games of the series destroyed any designs the Cards had on distancing themselves from the field in the National League.
Jeimer Candelario blasted a two run walk off home run to boost the Tigers to a 5-3 win on Friday night. Candelario’s homer overshadowed Marcell Ozuna’s second multi home run game of the week for St. Louis.
A Marcell Ozuna game tying two run shot wasn’t enough for the Cardinals on Saturday, as closer Bud Norris spiked a curveball and allowed Victor Reyes to score from third and give the Tigers a 4-3 win. Matthew Boyd was dominant on the bump for Detroit, tossing seven innings and striking out a career high 11.
In danger of being swept and being pulled into a tie with the Dodgers for the second wild card spot, St. Louis responded. After a scoreless first six innings, the Redbirds broke out for a five run fifth that provided all the scoring they would need in a 5-2 series salvaging win. Three RBI singles and two sacrifice flies drove in each of the five runs in the seventh as St. Louis finally got to Detroit starter Michael Fulmer. Entering this week’s home three game series with Pittsburgh, the Cardinals are clinging to a 1.5 game lead over the Dodgers for the final wild card position. The Dodgers will visit Busch Stadium this weekend for a four game set that will potentially decide which club will pull away in the race for the second wild card.