Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said the other day that Jon Jay was getting into a bit of a groove and finding ways to come up with timely hits when the club needed them. Tuesday night, Jay was the hero and he never swung the bat.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Jay got hit by a pitch from J.J. Hoover to score the winning run and give the Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Reds. It was the Cardinals second walk-off win in as many nights. St. Louis is now winners in five of their last six games.
It is the 15th time this year that Jay has been hit with a pitch.
Matt Holliday drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on Matt Adams’ single. Peter Bourjos ran for Holliday, Jhonny Peralta walked to load the bases. Hoover, now 1-10, plunked Jay to force in Bourjos with the winning run.
Watch Jay get hit for the win. Video courtesy MLB.com
Peralta, who drove in the winning run in the 10th during Monday’s walk-off win, homered in the sixth to help rally the club after they were down 4-1. The Cardinals made it 4-3 in that inning and then tied it up in the eighth when Jay scored on a Daniel Descalso double.
Jay extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the second, the first of two hits. He is 15 for 31 during the run and reached base four times Tuesday.