Harrison Bader’s debut was silent for most of Tuesday.
Bader, whose contract was purchased from Class AAA Memphis in the morning, was 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his first three at-bats.
But Bader lined a leadoff double to left against Jake McGee in the ninth and scored one out later on pinch-hitter Jedd Gyorko’s short fly to right to give St. Louis a 3-2 win over Colorado.
“That’s when you’ve got to be the most calm,” Bader said. “The game was on the line; it’s a tight ballgame. That’s kind of when you just use your experience and just slow everything down even more. Make it a crawling rate in your head.”
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Bader beat the throw from Carlos Gonzalez, which short-hopped catcher Ryan Hanigan. It gave the Cardinals (49-51) their second straight win over the Rockies.
Colorado was using a five-man infield to cut off ground balls, but Gyorko was able to loft a fly deep enough to score the speedy Bader.
“It was a do-or-die moment,” Bader said. “As soon as you see that ball make contact with (Gonzalez’s) glove, you put your head down and run in a straight line.”
Bader rose to his feet after scoring and Matt Carpenter, the on-deck hitter, was waiting.
“I just jumped in Carp’s arms. He was right there,” Bader said. “That was pretty cool. I don’t know if I’d say I’ve dreamed about that moment. That would be a little weird. But it was awesome.
“My parents and close friends were here, who skipped out on work. I’m sure their bosses are angry. It was a day that not just I will remember.”
David Wilhelm: @DavidMWilhelm