The St. Louis Cardinals will leave Chicago with a series win against the Cubs, taking two of three games including the series finale on Sunday. Pitcher Adam Wainwright made another strong start, putting up seven shut out innings. Meanwhile, Matt Holliday went two for four, driving in the only run of the ball game with his 10th home run of the season in the first inning. Eight innings came and went, then Trevor Rosenthal closed out the game to earn his 32nd save of the season. The win gives the Cardinals a small two game winning streak heading into a three game series with the San Diego Padres starting Tuesday.
Adam Wainwright continued his brilliant season and lowered his ERA to 1.92 after his seven shut out innings. He allowed eight base runners in the game to go along with three strikeouts. These are the outings that do not surprise Cardinals fans anymore. Albert Pujols was known as the machine in St. Louis for some time, but it looks like Wainwright is the new machine. He has been as elite as starting pitchers come and the Cardinals lean on him much like they did Pujols for many years. Other than Clayton Kershaw, there is not a better pitcher in baseball right now.
Matt Holliday provided the winning run way back in the first inning for the Cardinals. The home run was his 53rd RBI of the season and Holliday continues to heat up. In his last eight games, Holliday is hitting .310 with four home runs, six runs scored, and eight RBI. The second half of the season is the time of year when Holliday picks up his game play. The Cardinals will lean on and look to Holliday to keep things going as the Central Division race gets tighter.
The Cardinals are expecting big things from two of their biggest players on the roster in Wainwright and Holliday during the second half. Without these two guys producing it would be very difficult to make any playoff run. It’s a good thing for St. Louis because history seems to be repeating itself; Holliday is finally on track during the important stretch of the season and Wainwright is having a Cy Young award-caliber of a season.
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