The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs on Sunday afternoon by a score of 7-0. For the Cardinals (50-45), it was their third straight victory and their first series sweep of the second half. Lance Lynn improved to 12-4, throwing six shutout innings and continuing his season of dominance throughout the National League. Jon Jay and Tony Cruz hit consecutive two-run doubles off Travis Wood (4-5) in the first inning, and Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran capped it off with back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning to show their fans that they have definitely broken out of their offensive slump which hurt them in their most recent road trip.
”We’re in a good rhythm now,” Lynn said. ”We just need to stay there.”
That’s certainly right. This whole series was a huge confidence boost for this club. Their starting pitching was terrific, giving up one run the entire series, and their bullpen was flawless. In fact, it was the first time since April in which the bullpen did not give up a run throughout an entire series, today being helped out by relievers Fernando Salas
and Marc Rzepczynski
And their offense? Well I think the statistics speak for themselves. They outscored the Cubs 23-1 and outhit them 38-16, not to mention the fact that they matched their franchise record for number of runs in one inning with twelve on Saturday night. As we’ve said so many times, they have too many good hitters in their lineup to not win. Granted, this weekend they faced the Chicago Cubs, one of the worst teams in the National League. But they knew they had to make a statement this weekend in order to stay in this race, and they definitely succeeded.
The Cards currently sit two games behind the Wildcard spot and 4.5 games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the division.
What’s Next: Joe Kelly and the Cardinals welcome Chad Billingsley and the Los Angeles Dodgers to town on Monday night to start a four-game series. The game begins at 7:15 CST and can be seen on Fox Sports Midwest.