So, here’s an interesting statistic of note: Jedd Gyorko has more home runs this season than Jon Jay has had in five seasons.
Seems like the Cardinals have gotten the better end of the deal.
The 28-year old veteran Gyorko is hitting a home run every 14.11 at-bats, on average, which puts him in a tie for fifth place in the National League in that category. His versatility in the infield has also been a big benefit for the Cardinals this season.
On Tuesday night, the St. Louis Cardinals faced off against the Houston Astros, and while the injuries continue to pile up, the healthy players continue to fight on.
However, it was a rough evening for Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia. He gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings, including three home runs. But his offense helped him out, as they absolutely unloaded on the Astros starter, Dallas Keuchel, all night long. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner allowed six runs and six hits in five innings, one start removed from allowing seven runs in five innings in Detroit on July 31, matching his season high for runs allowed in a start.
In the fifth inning, Tommy Pham hit a two-run home run that tied the game at 4-4, as the Cardinals notched their seventh straight multi-hit game of the season (matching a franchise record set in 1999). Later, Gyorko’s home run off of former Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek was his 18th of the season, proving how well the deal has worked out for St. Louis.
For Houston, star infielder Jose Altuve singled in the ninth for his 1,000th career hit, becoming the fastest player in franchise history to reach the milestone, accomplishing the feat in just 786 total games.
The Cardinals maintain their hold on one of the two wild card spots despite all of the injury setbacks, and look to continue their winning streak on Wednesday.