The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers in a 7-2 win with thanks to a 5-run 8th inning.
With a win over the Brewers, the Cardinals inched closer to clinching a playoff berth. It’s all but official that the Cards clinch a berth. It’s just a matter of where. The Cards, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Cincinnati Reds are all in a 3-team race for the National League Central and the two Wild Card spots.
It helps the Cards that both the Pirates and Reds are playing each other this weekend. The Cardinals have won the first two games of the weekend series while the Pirates and Reds have split the first two games. With the Washington Nationals rained out last night and playing two today, the Cardinals aren’t able to clinch a berth until tonight’s game on ESPN at the earliest.
Lance Lynn pitched 6.1 solid innings last night. He allowed four hits, one run, walked four, and struck out seven batters. Randy Choate, Seth Maness, and Kevin Siegrist finished out the game for the Cards. In 1.1 innings, Maness allowed one run to score.
Matt Carpenter made history with his 54th double of the season in the top of the fifth inning. He passed up Stan Musial for the most doubles in a season by a Cardinals left-handed hitter. Musial had 53 two-baggers during the 1953 season. Carpenter is within six hits of hitting the 200-hit mark for the season. Carpenter now sits in third place for by himself for doubles by a Cardinal in a single season. Joe Medwick owns the first two spots.
Matt Adams hit his 16th home run of the season in the first inning.