The only one of the Cardinals' four home runs that didn't get a curtain call was the walk-off
The Cardinals hit the second-fewest home runs of any team in the regular season (interestingly, the only team that hit fewer was the Royals). And yet, despite that power outage, the Cards' bats have come alive in the postseason. In fact, in Game 2 of the NLCS, four out of the Cards' five runs came via the long ball.
First up, in the bottom of the third inning, Matt Carpenter took a Jake Peavy fastball very, very deep:
Carpenter's been raking this postseason, knocking three homers in the NLDS against the Dodgers. That fourth home run earned him a Busch Stadium curtain call:
Then, in the seventh, rookie Oscar Taveras pinch-hit for Carlos Martinez and came through with a clutch, game-tying homer to right:
And, again, a curtain call:
Matt Adams decided a tie game wasn't good enough, however, and came through in the eighth for a go-ahead shot off Hunter Strickland:
And, of course, he also got a curtain call:
But the Giants clawed back in the ninth, scoring a run on a wild pitch from St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal and tying the game, 4-4. In the bottom of the frame, Kolten Wong launched a walk-off into the stands at Busch Stadium:
Wong didn't get a curtain call, but he probably didn't mind:
A few factoids about the Cards' home run surge this October via MLB.com's Adam McCalvy:
- St. Louis has 1.83 home runs per game this postseason, compared to .65 per game in the regular season.
- Seventeen of the Cardinals' 23 runs in this postseason have scored via home runs
- The Cardinals only had one four four-homer game during the regular season and only two games with at least three home runs. They've already logged a pair of three-plus home run efforts in October.
- The Cardinals became the first team to homer in each of the seventh, eighth and ninth innings of a postseason game.