PHOENIX -- Matt Adams may have recorded the most productive strikeout of his career in the Cardinals' 5-2 loss to the D-backs on Saturday night, as it started Randal Grichuk's scamper from second base to tie the game at 2 in the third inning.
The Cardinals, one win away from clinching the National League Central title, had just pulled to within one when Adams stepped in against Wade Miley with runners on first and second. Adams fell behind, 0-2, before swinging and missing at a curveball on the sixth pitch of the at-bat.
But what should have been the second out of the inning instead became St. Louis' second run. The pitch scooted away from catcher Miguel Montero, allowing Adams to reach first. All the while, Grichuk reacted immediately to seeing the ball in the dirt and never hesitated as he headed to third and rounded the bag toward home.
With Yadier Molina waving him on from the on-deck circle, Grichuk slid headfirst and his left hand just touching the plate before Miley applied the tag.
"[The offense] took advantage of a couple things," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Great baserunning by Grichuk."
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