The Cardinals set a major league record with three pinch-hit home runs and rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-4 Friday night.
Rookie Aledmys Diaz got his first career homer to break a tie as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, and Greg Garcia and rookie Jeremy Hazelbaker also had pinch-hit homers in the Cardinals’ first win.
At what point does Mike Matheny wake up and get Hazelbaker in the lineup everyday? He’s been swinging the hottest bat since spring training. He led the club in Florida with three homers and ten RBIs. He now has two homers and a double in his first four MLB games.
Watch the pinch hit HRs from MLB.com
After four games, while its still early, we can start to see some things taking shape. For starters, the Cardinals need to the starters to ramp up quickly. This was another sub par performance.
Jaime Garcia allowed four runs in six innings. He settled down, but after the damage was done in the fourth.
The bullpen, especially the back end looks solid. They did not allow a hit, Kevin Siegrist and Trevor Rosenthal will finish off many 8th and 9th innings this season.
The bats need to get going. Kolten Wong is the only starter hitting over .200 (.250). The starters got eight hits, but struck out nine times.