Cardinals clinch playoff berth with another comeback win
CHICAGO - The Cardinals punched their ticket to October!
It was a slow game at first, but St. Louis brought the bats when they were needed most.
Going into the ninth inning the Cardinals were down 2-1. José Martínez led off the inning with a pinch-hit triple to get the Cards going. Dexter Fowler then drove in the run with a sacrifice fly to tie it up at two.
A huge ninth inning continued for St. Louis when Tommy Edman singled to right and stole second. The next batter, Paul Goldschmidt, stepped up big time with a double down the third base line to score Edman and give St. Louis a 3-2 lead.
Andrew Miller shut down the Cubs in the bottom of the ninth inning to secure the win, series sweep, and postseason berth.
This is the first time that the Cardinals completed a four-game sweep in Chicago since 1921.
St. Louis will hope to continue its five-game winning streak on Monday in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. First pitch will be at 8:40 P.M.
The Cardinals magic number to clinch the division is down to four.