December’s UCB Project: My favorite 2015 storylines

Stephen Piscotty go-ahead , two-run 2B

With 2015 all but in the history books, it’s a fine time to look back upon some of the top moments from the previous baseball season. The Cardinals had plenty of memorable occurrences to call their own. From rookies producing in the clutch to players performing when the game was bigger than itself, the Cardinals had it all. I’ve compiled my five favorite storylines and listed them in order.

Stephen Piscotty’s go-ahead, two-run double

Entering the bottom of the eighth inning on the unfavorable side of a 3-1 score, the Cardinals found themselves six offensive outs away from being swept by the Chicago Cubs. A walk, base hit, and Matt Carpenter single was the recipe for a run, inching the Cardinals closer to a tie in the score. Enter Stephen Piscotty, the rookie with twelve doubles on his resume, and the 38-year-old Fernando Rodney out of the Chicago bullpen. Piscotty won the lopsided battle of age, riffling a two-RBI double off of Busch Stadium’s centerfield wall. The three-run rally–especially Stephen’s double–was key to a 4-3 Cardinal victory.

Martinez shines bright

On the one-year anniversary of the late Oscar Taveras’s major league debut, an emotional Carlos Martinez took the mound to face one of the sport’s powerhouse teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers. Backed by three runs off the bat of shortstop Jhonny Peralta, the fiery right-hander tossed seven innings with ease, holding the Dodgers to just one hit and racking up eight strikeouts along the way.

Waino’s return

After having surgery to repair a torn left achilles tendon and being told by doctors and trainers that he’d be on the shelf for at least nine months, Adam Wainwright shocked us all when he returned in about five. In the first game of a day-night doubleheader in late September versus the Pirates, ol’ number 50 emerged from the St. Louis bullpen and pitched in a game for the first time since April. He didn’t fare as well as he’d probably hoped–two hits and a run in an inning– but taking the mound again and shaking off any rust meant wonders to the ace starting pitcher and his numerous fans.

Tyler dazzles in rare start

Filling in for the injured Carlos Martinez, lefty Tyler Lyons took the mound at PNC Park to face the Pittsburgh Pirates with the chance for the Cardinals to win their one-hundredth game and their third consecutive National League Central title. Backed by six runs in the first three innings, Tyler was able to power through seven innings, allowing only four hits and striking out five. The comfy lead allowed Tyler to get ahead of opposing hitters with his fastball and then play around with his changeup, curveball, and slider.

Yadi’s triple

With the Cardinals down 2-0 to the Chicago White Sox in the top of the eighth inning, catcher Yadier Molina hopped in the box to face David Robertson with the bases loaded. Molina laced a 2-2 pitch to right, clearing the bases. Yadi had his wheels on and hustled all the way. He successfully reached third base. It was a triple– his first since 2011– and the game-winning hit in the Cardinals’ 3-2 victory.

Thanks for reading.

Twitter: @Curtis_Josey

PC: The Telegraph

 

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