This weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals punched their ticket into the playoffs by sweeping a three game series in Chicago at Wrigley Field. In one of the most difficult environments to win an important series, let alone a sweep, the Cardinals overcame much adversity to secure their spot in the postseason.
The weekend provided many highlights and close games. On Thursday, Matt Carpenter came through with a clutch home run in the 10th inning to put the Cardinals ahead in a 5-4 game.
On Friday, veteran backstop Yadier Molina came up clutch with a 2 RBI single in the 6th inning to help the Cardinals scratch off a 2-1 victory.
On Saturday, Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel was brought in with a 8-7 lead in the 9th. However, Kimbrel gave up back to back home runs on two consecutive pitches to surrender the lead. It was Molina again, and Paul DeJong who helped lead the Cardinals past the Cubs in that game.
While the Cardinals have clinched, the Cubs still remain on the outside looking in. They sit 4 games behind Milwaukee for the second wild card spot, and barring any drastic changes, may be sitting out this year’s postseason.