Sanders slams Padres, Peavy hurt

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Postseason is a lot of fun and it can make you or break you,” he said. “And with the fans cheering and really getting excited about what happened, it just added to the drama.” With one swing in the fifth inning, Sanders wrote the storyline for St. Louis’ 8-5 victory over San Diego in Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series on Tuesday. The 14-year veteran drove a 3-0 pitch from injured Padres starter Jake Peavy over the left-field wall for a grand slam, giving the Cardinals an 8-0 lead. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It was just the third slam in St. Louis’ postseason history. Ken Boyer did it against the Yankees in Game 4 of the 1964 World Series and Gary Gaetti did it in Game 2 of the 1996 National League Championship Series against Atlanta. The underdog Padres – who entered the postseason with a suspect 82-80 regular-season record – had hoped to use their young ace, Peavy, to get ahead in the series. An MRI after the game revealed Peavy had a fractured rib and will miss the rest of the series. Peavy told San Diego manager Bruce Bochy he began feeling pain in the third inning and it worsened during the game. The Cardinals’ Chris Carpenter, a 21-game winner making his postseason debut, overshadowed Peavy by throwing six innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits before cramps in his arms, fingers and legs forced him out. Carpenter said dehydration was the culprit and he was in good shape after the game. center_img ST. LOUIS – The serenade from the stands was long, loud and joyous: “Reggie! Reggie! Reggie!” And make no mistake about it, St. Louis Cardinals’ 37-year-old left fielder Reggie Sanders reveled in the moment. last_img read more