The New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals are two of the most historic franchises in baseball.
And throughout the past century for both teams, there has been one feat the Cardinals had yet to accomplish: and that was sweep the Bronx Bombers. But flash forward to 2022, and it finally happened.
In one of the wildest games of the season, the Cardinals won a shootout against the Yankees 12-8.
Adam Wainwright got the start for the Cardinals, while Frankie Montas, who just a week ago was rumored to be heading to St. Louis, got the start for the Yankees. After a 1-0 early lead by New York, Nolan Arenado hit a three-run shot in the second, and was a major part of a five-run second inning for St. Louis.
The home run by Arenado was his 22nd of the season, and the MVP candidate received a curtain-call by the electric Busch Stadium crowd.
But the Yankees stormed back, and heading into the fifth inning, the Cardinals were clinging onto a 6-4 lead. Aaron Judge, however, had different plans. A long double off the centerfield wall tied the game at 6-6. The resilient Cardinals keep coming back, though. Paul DeJong scored Lars Nootbaar in the bottom of the fifth, and Tommy Edman scored DeJong on a single not too far later.
Paul Goldschmidt helped increase the lead in the bottom of the fifth to make it 9-6 Cardinals.
After two more runs by the Yankees, the top of the Cardinals bullpen (or bottom, depending on how you look at it), did their jobs. Jordan Hicks, Packy Naughton, and Ryan Helsley, perhaps the best reliever in baseball, shut down the Yankees the rest of the way.
Of course, not without a little run support beforehand. DeJong hit a three-run shot to make it 12-8 Cardinals. His 100th career home run, DeJong continued his career resurgence.
The victory, along with a Brewers loss on Sunday afternoon, helps the Cardinals increase their lead in the NL Central to two games. It was also the Cardinals’ seventh straight win and their 60th win of the season.
For St. Louis, they’ll have an off day Monday before facing off against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field starting Tuesday night.