Trailing 5-1 in the 8th inning, the Cardinals came roaring back to beat the San Diego Padres 6-5 to complete a four game series sweep on Thursday night at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals not only fell behind 5-1, but lost their top home run hitter in Matt Holliday. He was hit in the face by the Padres Andrew Cashner’s pitch in the 6th inning. Holliday left the game immediately bleeding from the nose and mouth. Medical reports later in the game stated Holliday suffered just an abrasion to his nose and mouth, no broken bones. Holliday is listed as day to day.
The Cardinals comeback began in the 8th inning when Jedd Gyorko’s single scored Jeremy Hazelbaker to cut the Padres lead to 5-2. Stephen Piscotty’s three run home run to right-center, his 14th of the season, tied the game 5-5. The Cardinals then loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th on a Tommy Pham double and two walks. Aledmys Diaz delivered the one out, bases loaded single to left to bring home the winning run. It’s Diaz’s first career walk off hit.
The win improves the Cards record to 51-44. They trail the first place Cubs by just six and a half games in the NL Central division.