Dexter Fowler had a flair for the dramatics during his two seasons with the Chicago Cubs,nfl stitched jerseys from game-winning home runs early in his first year at Colorado to the leadoff blast in Game 7 of the World Series in 2016.
The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder was up to his old theatrics early Monday morning, putting the finishing touch on a Cardinals sweep of the Cubs with a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the 14th inning.
Fowler’s game winner lifted St. Louis to a 4-3 victory over Chicago, doing so in a twice rain-delayed game that appeared to be all but finished when Javier Baez put the Cubs up by a run with his solo home run in the top of the 14th.
That is, until Fowler reminded his old teammates of the excitement they’ve been missing since he departed Chicago following its World Series championship in favor of a four-year contract in St. Louis.
”It’s always something special if you do it against them,” Fowler said.
The victory was the Cardinals’ fifth straight, matching their season-best winning streak. It also improved St. Louis to 4-1 on the season against the rival Cubs, a year after Chicago won 14 of the 19 games between the two.
After Chicago took a 3-2 lead on Baez’s solo shot in the top of the 14th, Luke Farrell (1-2) struck out the first two Cardinals batters he faced before allowing an infield single to Harrison Bader. Fowler then lifted a 2-2 pitch down the right-field line and just over the glove of Chicago outfielder Jason Heyward.
”I said to myself, ‘If you catch this, I’m going to cry,”’ Fowler said. ”He jumped and I though he caught it.nike authentic nfl jerseys cheap So I stopped. Then, I saw it bounce and I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh.’ Words can’t even explain it.”
Mike Mayers (1-0) earned the win in relief for St. Louis, allowing one run in three innings. The Cardinals bullpen allowed only three hits in 8 2/3 innings.