Chalk another victory up for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Saturday afternoon at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals topped the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 to keep a hold on first place in the National League Central.
The victory was especially sweet for Carlos Martinez, who picked up his first victory of the season by striking out four in six innings of work. His earned run average stands at a very impressive 2.08.
Here are some highlights from the day at Busch:
*Looks like Jason Heyward finally found his home run stroke. The outfielder blasted a homer as part of a 1-for-4 day at the plate. Considering Heyward’s power will be counted on heavily for the Cardinals to do well, this was a welcome sight.
*Peter Bourjos still hasn’t hit the ball in limited duty, but he knows how to steal bases. Bourjos picked up his third swipe of the season in this game.
*It’s getting to be a broken record, but Matt Carpenter is proving to be a quality leadoff hitter for the Cardinals. Carpenter went 2-for-5 and drove in two runs to raise his batting average to .381.
And the highlight of the day:
*That goes to Carpenter, whose sixth-inning double brought home two insurance runs and helped the Cardinals keep their lead.
The series ends on Sunday with the nationally-televised night game, as the Cardinals can go for the sweep and put a bit more distance between themselves and the Chicago Cubs.