Over the course of a 162-game season, it’s easy to lose sight of how important each and every game is. Some divisions are already all sewn up and have been for seemingly months. That’s not a luxury the St. Louis Cardinals have, however, and they continue to play great baseball as they look to win the NL Central. After their win on Wednesday night, the Cardinals are once again top of the division, albeit tied with the Chicago Cubs.
The two teams are only 1.5 games up on Milwaukee in what looks to be a race that could go all the way to the wire. It was first rookie Dakota Hudson that flourished on the mound against the Kansas City Royals, pitching six superb innings and allowing no runs on just five hits. His counterpart, though, had a chance at history but instead had it back fire in shocking fashion. Brad Keller had a no-hitter going into the seventh. Then the Cardinals started to decimate him, with five runs being plated in the frame after some ‘small’ ball. An inning later, Paul DeJong’s homer made it 6-0, completing the scoring and ensuring a sweep of the two-game series for the Cards as well as a fifth straight win for them.