The Cincinnati Reds still have a formidable seven-game lead in the NL Central over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals are well aware that they need to start winning after a losing spell that widened the gap between them and the Reds. In their last weekend series, the Cardinals won two out of three against the Reds. In their third and last game of the series, Matt Holliday hit a go-ahead three-run homer to support Chris Carpenters’ dominant 11-strikeout performance.
The Cardinals must be gaining the momentum that they need as they notched another win on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers this time.
With bases loaded in the eighth inning, Yadier Molina went for a sacrifice flyball. Molina sent the ball to the left-filed stands for a grand slam instead, his second in his career. Molina’s grand slam capped a six-run eight inning that padded the score to 8-2.
The Brewers scored in the last two innings four more times but it was not enough to overcome the lead that the Cardinals have established with a huge eighth inning.