KANSAS CITY, MO – The Cardinals may not have won Monday night, but something very unusual happened to Adam Wainwright during the second inning.
With two strikes on Kansas City third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert, Wainwright was looking for a strikeout. He geared up a 91-MPH four-seamer, but the ball took an unexpected detour on its way to Cuthbert’s bat: it nearly hit a bird.
As seen in the picture above, Wainwright’s pitch seemed to have nearly grazed the wing of a pigeon flying through Kauffman Stadium Monday evening. Cuthbert fouled off Wainwright’s two-strike heater into the stands, and the longtime Cardinal ace later retired him on a fly ball to right field.
The incident was reminiscent of a famous pitch by Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, who hit a bird head-on in 2001.