Michael Wacha | Photo ©2013 AP-Don Wright

Rookie pitcher Michael Wacha flirted with a no-hitter and Matt Holiday played long ball on Monday as my visiting St. Louis Cardinals squeaked by the Pittsburgh Pirates and their raucous fans 2-1 in game-4 of the Major League Baseball (MLB) National League Division Series (NLDS).

Whew. I thought my last Red October Pizza went into the oven Monday, but my Cards staved off the Bucs to force a game-5 and another flatbread speciality in honor of a member of my beloved Redbirds. The winner-take-all game, back in red draped Busch Stadium, is set for Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. ET on TBS.

Here now with the game-5 lineup is the PA announcer.

Yadier Molina | Photo ©2013 Jamie Sabau/Getty Images“Coming out of the oven in the five slot is a perennial MVP — Most Valuable Pizza . It’s The Yadier Molina Pesto Genovese, Salame Milanese, Pomodorini and Black Olives.”

Like its namesake, this pie refuses to allow anyone, other than its rightful owner, from swiping a slice. Taking signals from the head chef, the “Yadi” is covered in silky-smooth Stracchino cheese, smothered in pesto Genovese, and topped with spicy-hot dried red pepper, Milan-style salami slices, Datterino tomato halves, oven-roasted black olives and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.

And we’ll keep a watchful eye on the plate with a palate-pleasing vino rosso from Cantina Beato Bortolomeo in Breganze, Italy: Savardo Pinot Nero DOC.

PLAY BALL!  GO CARDS!

TPT's Borsalino & Ballcap

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

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