The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night by a score of 12-0, after the Cards matched their franchise record by scoring twelve runs in one inning, as 17 batters came to bat in the seventh inning. It almost seemed like the Cards were going to waste yet another terrific starting pitching performance, this time from Jake Westbrook (8-8), who gave up a mere three hits over seven innings pitched. However, after Freese reached base on an infield single to lead off the seventh, the Cards proceded by hitting seven doubles throughout the inning, improving the Cardinals to a season record of 49-45.

Ironically, the night didn’t start out quite this way. Westbrook was forced to escape a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, which quite frankly, had me on edge for a little while. Shortly after, though, Westbrook was flawless and threw perhaps his best game of the season.

Listen, tonight was great. The Cards finished the game 8-for-18 with runners in scoring position, one more than the number of hits they collected in their previous six games combined. Similar to Friday night, the pitching and hitting were both alive and evident. It’s obviously unrealistic to say this is how the Cardinals are going to have to play day in and day out for the remainder of this season in order to make the playoffs, but this team absolutely cannot afford another stretch of games like they suffered in Cincinnati and Milwaukee. As long as their starters continue to give quality innings and the offense continues to put up numbers like it has the past couple of games, the wins will come.

What’s Next: The Cards aim to sweep the Chicago Cubs on Sunday afternoon where Lance Lynn (11-4) will take on Travis Wood (4-4). The game will start at 1:15 CST and can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest.