ST. LOUIS — A Cardinals offense that had been bizarrely feast or famine over the past two weeks was so downright potent in a six-inning flurry on Sunday night that it even overshadowed a historical accomplishment of batterymates Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina.
However, one thing the offensive fireworks couldn’t overmatch was the first pitching performance of the 22-year career of future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols, who closed out the feel-good night for the Cardinals on the mound with mixed results and plenty of laughs.
Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado and Molina homered, Pujols reached base five times and comically made the first pitching appearance of his career and 10 Cardinals had hits in a 15-6 pummeling of the Giants before a nationally televised ESPN audience and delighted fans at Busch Stadiu
That victory allowed Wainwright and Molina to become the winningest starting battery in AL/NL history. The 40-year-old Wainwright and the 39-year-old Molina, teammates for 18 seasons, registered their 203rd victory as a starting battery — one more than the 202 Warren Spahn and Del Crandall had from 1949-63. Afterward, Wainwright and Molina were put into laundry carts, wheeled into the showers and doused with various drinkable liquids.