Baseball’s top team is having a blast in Philadelphia.
Randal Grichuk homered twice and John Lackey hurled seven innings of one-run ball as the Cardinals routed the Phillies on Saturday for the second night in a row. Friday’s score was 12-4. Saturday’s was 10-1.
St. Louis boasts the very best run differential in MLB at +84 and the best record at 45-23. Philadelphia has the worst run differential (by a wide margin) at -129 and Sunday’s matchup of Michael Wacha vs. Adam Morgan doesn’t bode well for a quick bounceback.
With the Pirates getting no-hit Saturday by Max Scherzer and the Nationals, the Cardinals’ lead in the National League Central is back up to six games.
If the Cardinals play .500 ball the rest of the way, they will still finish the season with 92 wins. Hack that. Or something.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …
Cubs 4, Twins 1 (10 innings)