Not in our house and not at this time.
With an opportunity to clinch the National League Central division Saturday night, the St. Louis Cardinals ran into a determined bunch of Diamondbacks.
Make that a determined Mark Trumbo.
Lighting spirits inside Chase Field in what has been a gloomy summer, Trumbo slammed a pair of home runs to guide the Diamondbacks to a 5-2 victory over the Cardinals before 39,843 Saturday night.
The win prevented St. Louis from clinching the National League Central crown. Leading Pittsburgh by one game with two to play coming into play Saturday, the Pirates lost to Cincinnati but Trumbo put in a road block in the Cardinals’ ambition.
“We’re aware of what’s going on,” Trumbo said. “We’re happy to get the win and happy for (interim manager Alan Trammell).”
With the score tied at 2-2 in the last of the seventh, A. J. Pollock and David Peralta each singled to put runners on first and second. Trumbo then quickly deposited an 0-1 pitch from Cards’ reliever Seth Maness into the left-field bleachers for his 14th blast of the season, and the game winner.
On the rocket off of Maness, Trumbo said he was looking for something to drive to right center. Instead, there was a pitch he liked.
“(Maness) is a good sinker ball pitcher so I was looking just to hit it to the right side,” he said. “The sinker rolled over the plate and I was able to get all of it.”
In the victory, Trumbo contributed his fifth career, multi-home run game and second this season. In his last seven home games, he has driven in 14 runs.
“With Trumbo, it’s about confidence,” Trammell said. “Success breeds confidence. He battles and never complains. Over the last few weeks, we’re seeing signs why we made the trade for him.”
Trumbo started his home run power surge in the first inning when he homered behind Peralta’s eighth round-tripper of the season. That was the fourth time the Diamondbacks hit back-to-back homers this season.
After starter Wade Miley lasted only five innings and threw an even 100 pitches, Trammell made a move to the bullpen and brought Randall Delgado into the 2-2 game. In three impressive innings, Delgado shut down the Cardinals on one hit and fanned four hitters.
Beneficiary of Trumbo’s game-winning, three-run blast, Delgado picked up the victory and raised his record to 4-4. In the process, he dropped his ERA to under five runs per innings to 4.87.
Closer Addison Reed then slammed the door with a one-two-three, ninth inning and earned his 32nd save of the season.
The curtains closes Sunday on one of the most of the disastrous seasons in Diamondbacks’ history.
In the finale, right-hander Josh Collmenter (13-8, 3.57 ERA) goes against righty Adam Wainwright (20-9, 2.38). Should Wainwright gain the victory, he would be the first Cardinals’ pitcher since to win 21 since Chris Carpenter during Carpenter’s Cy Young Award season of 2005.
With his 20-9 record, Wainwright is the first St Louis pitcher to gain back-to-back 20-win seasons since Joaquin Andujar in 1984 and 1985,
DONE FOR THE SEASON
Infielders Chris Owings and Aaron Hill did not play in the final St. Louis series.
Interim manager Alan Trammel told reporters prior to Saturday’s game with the Cardinals that the team will not risk additional damage to each player.
Owings is out with a troubled right shoulder but Trammell said he could be used as a pinch runner.
Hill broke a finger in the recent series against the Twins and is told to rest. Hill said he is capable of swinging the bat but Trammell is against this action.
“I hope he doesn’t hit,” Trammell said. “He broke his finger and that’s enough to make him cautious.”
With both players, the Diamondbacks are careful to make sure the injuries heal without further complications.
Both should be ready for spring training late next February.