ICYMI: Cardinals begin I-70 Series with win


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Cardinals begin I-70 series strong

Home sweet home has been the motto of the St. Louis Cardinals all season.

That was true once again on Friday, as the Cardinals began their latest series with the Kansas City Royals with a 4-0 shutout at Busch Stadium.

Jaime Garcia looked solid in his latest start, as he dropped his ERA to 2.06 and improved his record to 2-3 overall.

St. Louis improved to 40-21 overall, which helped maintain the team’s status as the best in baseball. The Cardinals maintained their comfortable edge over the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates.

St. Louis scored two runs in the second inning off Kansas City pitcher Yordano Ventura. Jon Jay brought home Randal Grichuk with an RBI triple, and Garcia singled Jay home with the second run.

The Cardinals held a 2-0 lead until the eighth inning, when they scored two more runs. Grichuk’s triple brought home Jason Heyward, and Grichuk later scored on Jay’s sacrifice fly.

This development is especially heartening to see. With Matt Holliday out due to his quad injury, Grichuk, Jay and Heyward have been strong at the plate. Grichuk is hitting .271, Heyward is at .252 and Jay is batting .229. Yes, it’s not quite the mark of a National League batting champion, but it’s still decent.

Up next

The Cardinals and Royals continue their series Saturday at 4:10 p.m. Tyler Lyons starts in place of Lance Lynn, who is on the 15-day DL with forearm tightness. Jeremy Guthrie (4-3, 5.82) pitches for the Royals.

Next: Cardinals' Lance Lynn headed to DL