Lester Wins 200 As Cardinals Get Ninth Straight, Mariners Halt A’s, Perez Makes Catcher History

Jonathan Grant | September 21st, 2021

It’s been an interesting season in Major League Baseball so far, and it appears to only be getting better with time. On Tuesday night, there wasn’t a full slate of games, but there was still plenty of notable action going on. One such game that deserves mention took place between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cards came into it with an eight-game winning streak on the line, and they preserved it by winning 5-2 and improving that number to nine. Jon Lester, who pitched six innings and gave up two earned runs, got his 200th win in the Majors while Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer to cross the 100-RBI threshold. Yadier Molina had two RBI singles in the victory, one of which proved to be the winning run. The Cardinals are still three ahead of the Reds in the NL Wild Card chase.

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Elsewhere, the Seattle Mariners were taking on the Oakland A’s in a crucial AL Wild Card could-be eliminator. Both teams have room to make up, and Seattle got the upper hand as they ended a five-game winning run from the A’s with a 4-2 win on the road. Kyle Seagar had two RBI hits (a single and a double) in the first five frames to drive in three runs alone, and that propelled his Mariners to a huge win. Tyler Anderson also played a big role, pitching seven strong innings and giving up just one measly run. Oakland is two off Toronto’s pace for the second Wild Card place while Seattle is three behind. And finally, we have to point out the performance of Salvador Perez. The Kansas City Royals have not gotten much attention, for obvious reasons, this season, but Perez made history on Monday as his team won 7-2 over Cleveland in the first of two games between the teams on the day. The history he made was recording his 46th home run of the season. That means he now has the most homers by a catcher in a single season in the history of the game, surpassing Johnny Bench’s long-standing record. Perez is not only tied for the lead in the Majors, along with Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., but he’s also on top of the RBI’s pile as well in what has been an extraordinary campaign for him. If his team was doing better, or he was in a bigger market, we might be hearing talk about him being crowned MVP…

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