(BaseballStL) -- The Cardinals got another big day from their rookies in the series finale against Washington.
That’s nothing new, it’s been happening all season. On Wednesday at Busch, Shelby Miller picked up his 15th victory. He was supported by four rookie relievers- Seth Maness, Kevin Siegrist, Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal. The only home run of the game was hit by you guess it, another rookie, Matt Adams.
The rookies’ corps led the Cardinals to a sweep of the Nationals, lowering the magic number to one.
“I think there’s definitely some excitement,” said Rosenthal. “Gives us good energy. We’ve got a professional team. The guys come in everyday and put their best effort out on the field and that’s all we can ask for.”
Miller said, “We know what’s at stake and what we need to do to get the job done, and how many games we need to win. Hopefully we’ll just win them all.”
Matt Adams now has eight home runs since taking over at first base for the injured Allen Craig. It’s hard to imagine Craig in the role of Wally Pipp, but Adams is certainly doing his best Lou Gehrig. “We’re just going out there with a lot of intensity and trying to close the door on the division,” said Adams.
The Cardinals are 29 games over .500, and could finish the regular season with 97 victories if they can sweep the Cubs. Imagine how good this team might have been if Rafael Furcal, Chris Carpenter and Jason Motte hadn’t been injured and unable to contribute at all this season. The Cardinals might have been a 105 victory team.