The St. Louis Cardinals kept up their torrid play, making franchise history Saturday afternoon with an 8-5 win over the Chicago Cubs. For the first time ever, the team has won 15 straight games, as it closes in on a return to the National League playoffs.
Harrison Bader went 4-for-4, scored three runs, and played an important role in a crazy double play that helped St. Louis escape a late inning jam. Paul DeJong, pressed into action with Edmundo Sosa’s injured hand, had a home run and 3 runs batted in.
With the Cardinals holding onto a 5-4 rule in the bottom of the eighth, reliever T.J. McFarland would generate a groundout to Chicago’s Rafael Ortega, that would ultimately include Bader coming in from center field to field a throw at second base.
The win guarantees that the Milwaukee Brewers will have to wait another day to clinch the National League Central. The Brewers entered the day with a Magic Number of 2. The Cardinals are now three games away from clinching at the minimum a Wild Card identify.
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