ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - His last regular season appearance was October 3, 2012, so it's understandable why Jason Motte had to take an extra deep breath before he charged out to the mound on Wednesday night to a standing ovation.
"It was pretty cool," admitted Motte. "Running out, I just tried to keep my head down. I heard it all coming in from the bullpen. It kind of reminded me kind of like the World Series coming in Game 7. I just kind of looked down, took it in a little bit and was like running and kept my head down because if I looked up I'd of been like 'this is pretty cool'. Like I said, I heard them. It was pretty cool and I appreciate it."
Motte came in for the St. Louis Cardinals to relieve Randy Choate with one out in the 10th inning–inheriting Ender Inciarte at first base, who had reached on a throwing error. Chris Owings flew out to right but then Paul Goldschmidt got hold of an 86 mph cutter from Motte for a double into the left field corner.
"If that was a fastball, he'd probably have been a hair later on it and probably hit off the Arch so I'm glad Yadi called cutter on it and we made a good cut-off."
Matt Holliday combined with Daniel Descalso to Yadier Molina for a perfect relay to nab Inciarte at the plate and preserve the tie.
"I'm glad we threw that guy out at the plate–that was a heckuva," trailed off Motte. "You work on that stuff in Spring Training, how to do the cut-offs. Descalso threw a strike and got the out, so that was awesome."
Motte followed with a 1-2-3 inning in the 11th including a strike out of Prado to end the inning. It was his 22nd career appearance of five outs or more.
Brian Stull will be contributing to KSDK Sports throughout the 2014 MLB season. Brian is the St. Louis Cardinals lead writer at St. Louis Baseball Weekly and is the host of the St. Louis Baseball Weekly radio show on CBS Sports Radio 920.