By: Jim Tsapelas
In 1976 Saturday Night Live introduced us to the “Killer Bees” a group of bandits that were……..”Bees”. In 1996 The Houston Astros introduced the “Killer B’s”, consisting of Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio. Now in 2015 the St. Louis Cardinals have the “Killer P’s”, made up of the rookie sensations Stephen Piscotty, Tommy Pham, and the veteran shortstop Jhonny Peralta.
Milwaukee got on board in the first, when Scooter Gennett scored on a Jason Rogers ground ball to center-field. Hernan Perez’s fifteenth double of the year scored Jason Rogers and Domingo Santana. Score Brewers three-Cardinals nothing.
Peralta hit a three run homer in the fourth, tying Thursday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers who had jump to an early three to nothing lead, as Tommy Pham and Jason Heyward also scored. Next, Stephen Piscotty hit his sixth home run of the season. Peralta’s bomb was his seventeenth of the year, and his first since August 1st, as the Cards went on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers by the score of seven to three.
In the bottom of the fifth, Stephen Piscotty singled on a ground ball to center-field; scoring on the play were Matt Carpenter and Pham, Peralta was thrown out at third trying to advance. In the bottom of the seventh, Piscotty singled scoring Heyward. Score Brewers three-Cards seven.
Thursday’s victory by St. Louis over Milwaukee was their fifth consecutive win and their ninth win in their past eleven games. The Cards’ Magic Number has been reduced to sixth. It looks as though the Cardinals are well on their way to a third consecutive NL Central title.
Earlier this season it was outstanding pitching and defense which carried the team. Now it appears the offense is making much need contributions. The “Killer P’s”, combined for seven hits (7-10) and seven RBI’s.
Cardinals’ starter Michael Wacha (17-6) worked five innings, allowed six hits, three earned runs, walked three, and struck out one.
Brewers’ starter Taylor Jungmann (9-7) worked five innings, allowed six hits, six earned runs, walked three, struck out five, and allowed the Peralta and Piscotty home runs.
On Thursday the Cubs (89-63) were idle and are seven and one-half games behind the St. Louis Cardinals. The Pittsburgh Pirates (93-60) defeated the Colorado Rockies by the score of five to four, and remain four back of St. Louis.
This weekend St. Louis and Milwaukee complete their four game series. The Pirates play the Cubs in Chicago in a three game series.
With the Cardinals magic number at six, any combination of Cardinals’ wins or Pirates’ losses totaling six means St. Louis clinches the NL Central Division crown.
Friday finds the Cubs’ Ariel Pena (2-0) taking on Carlos Martinez (14-7) at Busch Stadium.
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