Despite all of the playoff appearances, pennants, and World Series titles in the 21st century, it had been 21 years since the St. Louis Cardinals experienced a streak like this.
It’s the 13th time in 130 years they’ve had a winning streak of 10 games or more.
That’s right folks….they’ve now won 10 straight games.
And what a streak it’s been!
The Cardinals are now 5 games ahead of the Reds in the loss column, who lost on Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and are four games ahead of the San Diego Padres with just 12 games left to play. Whereas back in June, they were in fourth place in the division, and four games under .500.
Two months ago, not a single person expected the Cardinals to be where they are now. Their rotation has consisted of Adam Wainwright, Jon Lester, J.A. Happ, Miles Mikolas, and Jake Woodford. Woodford, 24, pitched five solid innings (something that’s becoming a lot more common for the Cardinals), striking out five batters and only walking one while allowing no runs.
Tommy Edman stole two bases and Lars Nootbaar stole another. In an old-school “Whiteyball” fashion, both runs were scored as a result of stolen bases. Edman’s became a run on a sacrifice fly, and Nootbaar’s doubled the Cardinals’ lead and provided the winning run.
Once again, things got dramatic in the ninth inning. Giovanny Gallegos allowed a leadoff single in the ninth, and eventually pitched with the bases loaded. But in the clutch, he secured his11th save of the season with a strikeout to strand three Brewers.
These resilient Cardinals continue to climb up the ladder. And prove that they’re not just a rag-tag team of players. And hey, even if they are, they’re taking the baseball world by storm.
There’s no baseball like Cardinals Baseball.