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Game Report: Cardinals 5, Reds 2

By Rob Rains


The exclusive 20-20 club welcomed a new addition on Thursday, and none of the previous members in Cardinals history ever got into the club the same way Tommy Pham did in the game at Busch Stadium.

Pham became just the seventh player in team history to hit 20 or more home runs and steal 20 or more bases in the same season and he became the first to ever reach both of those plateaus in the same game.

Pham stole second and third after drawing a walk in the third, his 20th and 21st steals. Two innings later, he slammed a two-run homer for his 20th of the season which sent the Cardinals on to the victory over the Reds.

He is the first player to reach 20-20 status for the Cardinals since Reggie Sanders in 2004. Ray Lankford did it five times, and the other members of the club are Fernando Tatis, Brian Jordan and Lou Brock.

Pham achieved his 20 homers and 20 steals in just 113 games, the fastest in team history. He did not play his first game for the Cardinals until May 5.

“What a great surprise he’s been for us this season,” said manager Mike Matheny. “He’s put together a tremendous season.”

Pham provided more than enough offense for Luke Weaver to win his sixth consecutive decision, something no rookie starter had done for the Cardinals since Allen Watson in 1993.

The Cardinals now head to Chicago for a three-game series against the first-place Cubs beginning Friday at Wrigley Field.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: Pham walked with two outs in the third and then stole second and third. Paul DeJong also walked and stole second on a double steal before Jose Martinez lined a two-strike single to left to score both runners … Pham followed a walk to Matt Carpenter to open the fifth before his home run, his first since Aug. 30 … The Cardinals added a final run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Greg Garcia … Pham and Martinez combine for four of the team’s six hits.

On the mound: Weave has won all five starts since moving into Adam Wainwright’s spot in the rotation. The only run he allowed was unearned because of a fielding error by DeJong. Weaver worked six innings, allowing just two hits, did not walk a batter and struck out six … Over the five starts Weaver has allowed four earned runs (five total) in 31 1/3 innings, a 1.15 ERA, while striking out 42 … The Reds scored their final run in the ninth off John Brebbia.

Key stat: Pham is the first player this season in the National League to reach 20 homers and 20 stolen bases. He is the fastest in the league to get to those milestones since Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies did it in 99 games in 2013.

Worth noting: The last player to hit a home run, double and steal two bases in a game for the Cardinals was Lankford on Sept. 24, 1998 … Carpenter drew two talks to increase his season total to 101, the first Cardinal to draw more than 100 walks in a season since Albert Pujols had 103 in 2010. Carpenter has drawn 12 walks and recorded just three hits in his last six games … The four stolen bases by the Cardinals were their most in a game since 2015 … The Memphis Redbirds got a two-run walk-off homer from Adolis Garcia in the 11th inning to beat El Paso on Thursday and take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Pacific Coast League championship series. Kevin Herget struck out a career-high 15 batters in eight innings.

Looking ahead: Carlos Martinez will start the opening game in Chicago at 1:20 p.m. Friday against former Cardinal John Lackey. Michael Wacha will go against Kyle Hendricks on Saturday and Sunday’s matchup will feature Lance Lynn against Jose Quintana. The Cardinals are just 1-5 in games at Wrigley this year, with the only win coming when they scored nine runs in the eighth inning on July 21.

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