The Bottom Line: Matt Carpenter knocked in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the 12th to propel the Cards to their eighth win in their last 10 games. Shelby Miller also went 6 solid innings, only giving up three earned runs on five hits.
- Jhonny Peralta started the Cards’ scoring with a solo shot in the top of the 2nd. The homer puts Peralta at 18 for the season which sits as the most by a Cardinals’ shortstop in all of franchise history.
- Shelby Miller threw 6 quality innings and left the game with a two-run lead in hand. Miller has been on and off for the Cards all season, even being relegated to the bullpen at a point, but he has continually shown signs of having dominant stuff. As it seems that Michael Wacha may miss the rest of the regular season, Miller will truly have to step up in his absence.
- The Cardinals bullpen (with one exception) was phenomenal tonight throwing 6 innings and only giving up two runs. Pat Neshek lowered his season ERA to a miniscule 0.83, and Trevor Rosenthal picked up his 38th save of the season. But…
- Randy Choate had a bad day. In his one inning of work, Choate gave up two earned runs on two hits and a hit by pitch. Considering the Cardinals won and Choate has been a phenomenal LOOGY over the years, tonight’s performance is inconsequential.
- The Cards are now 5-4 in extra inning games this season and 23-20 in one run games.
- ESPN currently has the Cardinals as having a 67.6% chance of making the playoffs, most likely in the first wild card spot. The Braves and the Giants are reeling and seem to be in no shape to knock the Cards out of the playoffs at this point in the season.