St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams may miss only a couple of games after he suffered a left thigh injury in the first inning of the Redbirds’ 4-0 win over Philadelphia Thursday at Busch Stadium.
Adams was hurt when Darin Ruf’s knee struck his quadriceps as the Phillies player tumbled over the first base bag to end the first inning. Adams played three more innings before manager Mike Matheny removed him as a precaution. Adams missed 91 games last year with a torn right quadriceps.
“He took that knee to his quad and it was really tightening up,” Matheny said. “It should be a day-to-day (issue). It didn’t make any sense to keep him in there.”
Jaime Garcia (2-2) threw seven shutout innings, scattering two hits, and Stephen Piscotty added a two-run double and a spectacular sliding catch in foul territory in the ninth to cement the win.
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“Jaime was terrific, he got us through seven innings,” Matheny said. “That was a great play by Stephen. He does a real good job, a plus defender.”
The Cardinals won for the third time in four games with the Phillies, improving to 15-14 on the eve of a three-game set with Pittsburgh this weekend at Busch.
Brandon Moss gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead with a 462-foot homer to right field in the first inning, the longest homer by a left-handed batter in Busch Stadium III’s history dating back to 2006. It’s the fourth longest homer ever at Busch III.
The score stayed at 1-0 until the seventh, when the Cardinals tacked on three more runs. Ruben Tejada drove home Yadier Molina with a sacrifice fly, followed two hitters later by Piscotty’s two-run double down the third base line.