It’s no wonder that the St. Louis Cardinals have become the team that fans of other clubs love to hate.
For the second-consecutive night, the Redbirds came back from a sizable deficit to beat the supposedly competitive Chicago Cubs.
The teams traded runs in the early going. But Chicago seemed to break the game open in the bottom of the fifth when it broke through with three runs against substitute starter Tyler Lyons who was pitching in the place of injured ace Adam Wainwright.
But the Redbirds refused to be denied. They answered with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning on a home run by third baseman Matt Carpenter.
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The Cardinals continued to ride their momentum, scoring two in the sixth and one in the seventh on their way to a 4-7 win and a 20-6 record, the best start in franchise history. A month into the season, St. Louis leads the second-place Cubs by 6 1/2 games in the National League Central race.
The series win against Chicago follows a sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates and series wins over the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals are dominating the NL Central with a 15-4 records against its teams.
The most impressive thing about the game Tuesday was that it was one the Cardinals could have been forgiven for losing. But they were unwilling to accept taking the easy way out.
I don’t think anyone expected much of Lyons, the Redbirds’ ninth-best starting pitcher option behind the original starting five, injured starters Jaime Garcia and Marco Gonzales and Tim Cooney who pitched the first game in the absence of Wainwright before being shipped back to the minors. But the team found a way to steal a game and keep its hot streak alive.
The Cardinals now have a good chance for a second-consecutive sweep with Lance Lynn on the hill Wednesday.