The St. Louis Cardinals are turning back time with their championship vets and Hot Tub Time Machine.
Just an average Sunday night of baseball. Giants verse Cardinals. The bats were alive for St. Louis, with a high-scoring game behind Paul Goldschmidt's and Nolan Arenado's two-run homers.
It was a solid night of pitching too. Adam Wainwright was effective and Albert Pujols closed the game. Albert Pujols closed the game? As a pitcher?
Guess you get to see something new every day. In his Hall of Fame-worthy career, The Machine finally got the chance to toss the ball around on the mound. The 42-year-old Pujols became the oldest player to make his pitching debut since Lena Blackburne brought himself in at age 42 in his final game as a player/manager for the 1929 Chicago White Sox.
There are now two players in the history of baseball to have hit 600 home runs and pitched in a game.
Babe Ruth, and Albert Puljos. What a world and what an insane stat.
Although Puljos now carries a 36.00 ERA, it was a fun night of baseball for Cardinals fans. The final score was 15-6, and it felt like 2006 for St. Louis. Not just the way the team is playing, but the guys who are playing.
The trio of Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols, and Adam Wainwright, a 2x World Series winning crew that all began playing together in 2005 and are now back for "one last ride".
Tonight, they played like their younger selves, providing a nostalgic throwback for baseball fans alike.
Yadier Molina went 2-for-3 with 4 RBI's and a home run. Albert Pujols knocked in a run while going 2-for-2. On the mound, Adam Wainwright pitched 6 innings only allowing 3 hits and 2 earned runs.
In 311 starts together, this contest marked 203 wins together for Waino and Yadi. A pretty large number for the duo, but they are now the winningest battery in MLB history.
Yadier also knocked in his 2,131st career hit, moving him to 6th all-time by a catcher and 218th all-time.
The Cardinals are sitting fine right, holding a 19-15 record in the NL Central. However, if they keep playing like they did last night, this historic trio can claim one last Championship together before riding off in the sunset.