The St. Louis Cardinals have been in a major offensive funk as of late.
It appeared as though it would continue for another day during Sunday’s series finale with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Twice, the Cardinals stranded the bases loaded.
Fortunately, things got better when Tommy Edman hit a sharp line drive up the middle to score Tyler O’Neill and win the game for St. Louis.
Prior to that at-bat, St. Louis was 1-for-16 with the bases loaded.
Also worth noting is the fact that Edman himself was 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
On Twitter, Cardinals writer John Denton pointed out just how important Edman’s hit was.
Before Tommy Edman came to the plate in Sunday’s 10th inning, the #STLCards were an abysmal 1 for 16 with the bases loaded.
Another layer to the situation was Edman being 0 for 15 with runners in scoring position.
Finally, Edman ended all that misery.https://t.co/CgE76FRPTJ
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) April 17, 2023
The Cardinals managed to split the series with the Pirates.
They still own a record of 7-9.
While their starting pitching appears to have made some incremental improvements, the offense remained an issue for most of Sunday’s game.
But when it mattered most, Edman came through in the clutch and delivered a timely hit for St. Louis when they needed it.
The Cards won by a final score of 5-4 to set up what should be an interesting series between them and the young, upstart Arizona Diamondbacks.
St. Louis had dealt with their struggles, but with just one swing, Edman put his personal struggles and those of the team to rest, helping the Cards win a crucial game and avoid a series loss to the Pirates, who have been playing surprisingly well this season.
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