Dexter Fowler has hit in six different lineup slots in the last six games for the St. Louis Cardinals. In the series finale against the New York Mets, he was at the right spot at the right time.
Fowler’s 13th-inning single capped a comeback from a pair of deficits Thursday and gave the Cardinals a 4-3 victory .
“I’m a swing man, I’m hitting everywhere,” Fowler quipped. “First, second, I’m trying to get all nine. Some people play all nine positions, I just hit everywhere.”
The lineup juggling has been an attempt by Cardinals manager Mike Matheny spark Fowler and several other hitters after a slow start. Fowler has three RBI in his last two games.
St. Louis won its second straight against the Mets after losing the series opener in 10 innings. The Mets have lost eight of 12 after an 11-1 start.
“It would be frustrating if we weren’t where we are at in the standings,” Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. “Were still in a pretty good spot, so what has happened the last week or week-and-a-half is not going to continue to happen. That’s just not going to happen, `cause we have really good pitchers and really good players.”
Before their playoff game against Boston, the Maple Leafs paid tribute to the victims of a van attack in Toronto that left 10 pedestrians dead and 15 injured on Monday.
Players from both teams stood in front of the dugouts as Toronto police officers and two paramedics stood between second base and the pitching mound and were introduced to cheering fans. Following a video message and a moment of silence, a group of high school students sang the national anthems.
A blue banner reading “#TORONTOSTRONG” was hung from the second deck in center field, and similar signs were hung on the wall behind home plate.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons called news of Monday’s attack “brutal,” while Red Sox manager Alex Cora said “it makes you sick just to think about it.”
Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said the team will memorialize the victims at Wednesday’s Game 5 between the Raptors and Washington Wizards. The NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, who share the Air Canada Centre with the Raptors, hosted a playoff game just hours after the rampage. A moment of silence was observed ahead of the performance of the Canadian national anthem, during which vocalist Martina Ortiz-Luis yielded to the crowd singing in unison.