The last time the Baltimore Orioles came to St. Louis, Busch Stadium III didn’t even exist yet, Albert Pujols was a left fielder, and the Montreal Expos still existed.
Times have definitely changed.
Cedric Mullins and Tyler Nevin each homered and Kyle Bradish struck out 11 over seven strong innings, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Mullins also added three singles and a stolen base in a 4-for-5 night. Anthony Santander added three hits, including a RBI double for Baltimore.
Despite the loss, the Cardinals made their own history on Tuesday night when Harrison Bader hit an inside-the-park home run in the sixth — the first for St. Louis at the current Busch Stadium and first for the Cardinals at home since 1985. The ball hit the wall in center and caromed toward left field away Mullins. Bader raced around the bases behind Yadier Molina, who had doubled, and scored standing up without a throw.
It was a busy day for St. Louis, as earlier they optioned SS Paul DeJong to Triple-A Memphis. The 28-year-old was an All-Star in 2019 when he hit 30 homers. But in 2022, DeJong is hitting .130. in 24 games this season, with one home run, seven RBIs and 25 strikeouts in 77 at-bats, a far cry from how well he’s performed in the past.