St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals promote another prospect in time to throw three perfect innings, get the win

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Gant throws against Atlanta during Spring Training.
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Gant throws against Atlanta during Spring Training. dholtmann@bnd.com

Another pitching prospect joined the Cardinals in St. Louis just in time to get the win in their extra-inning affair with the New York Mets Thursday.

John Gant, 25, entered in the 11th and was perfect through the final three innings of the Cardinals' 4-3 victory that closed a 5-1 homestand.

The team promoted Gant from Triple-A Memphis at the expense of right-handed reliever John Brebbia late Wednesday.

"Oh man, it's so much fun to be involved in any game," he said. "To compete is what I feel like I'm here for, and we get to do it every day.

"I just went out and pitched, and tried to get ahead of hitters."

Gant has been outstanding in four starts with the Memphis Redbirds, posting a 3-0 record with a 2.25 ERA. Third in the Pacific Coast League with 24 innings pitched, Gant appeared in seven games for the Cardinals last season, two of them starts. Including his 20 appearances with the Atlanta Braves in 2016, he has a career mark of 1-5 with a 4.81 ERA.

The Cardinals acquired Grant in December 2016 in a trade involving left-hander Jaime Garcia.

Gant was the Cardinals' seventh pitcher of the day against the Mets Thursday. He entered in the 11th inning against New York shortstop Amed Rosario and proceeded to retire the Mets in order through the 13th, striking out Asdrubal Cabrera along the way.

That gave time for the Cardinals to set up the winning run in the 13th. Jose Martinez walked with one out, advanced to second on a single by cleanup hitter Marcell Ozuna, and scored the game winner on a walk-off hit to right by Dexter Fowler.

"He was going to finish that game," said manager Mike Matheny. "(Jordan) Hicks was unavailable, and we got to the point where we needed John Gant to finish it."

Brebbia earned his first career save with three scoreless innings against the Mets on Wednesday. He has not allowed a run in five major-league innings this season and has struck out seven. He also struck out four without allowing a run in 1 2/3 innings in Memphis.

The Cardinals will make another move Thursday or Friday, when they promote Jack Flaherty to make a start Saturday in Pittsburgh.

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