Cards close division gap to 2 games with series win
St. Louis Cardinals' Daniel Descalso follows through on a two-run single as Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin watches during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
(BaseballStL) -- It's only the middle of August, so it's not like the season is going to end in the next few days. But that doesn't mean the Cardinals extra inning 6-5 win over the Pirates wasn't significant. Quite the contrary. It showed Pittsburgh the Cardinals won't be handing this division over without a fight.
"There's no question there's something extra that plays into this (series)," said manager Mike Matheny following the win. "We wanted to play differently than how we did in Pittsburgh. I think the guys played hard. Anytime you have a walk off it's a big deal. We just kept playing the game right."
The Cardinals took the series, therefore cutting their deficit in the NL Central to just two games. But the players say staring at the standings on a daily basis is not what they should be doing in the month of August.
"Too early for that I think," Trevor Rosenthal said. "We're just focused on winning each game every day. Everyone's just playing hard every day."
Lance Lynn agrees.
"Two (games back) to four (games back), you could say that's a huge swing but we've got a month or so left. You can't think about that right now," Lynn said.
Outfielder Matt Holliday hit a walk off single to center field off the Pirates Bryan Morris in the 12th inning. It was Holliday's 61st RBI of the season and is now hitting .452 during a 12-game hitting streak.
"It was a good win for us. Win the series and move on to Chicago," Holliday said before claiming the Cardinals recent woes are nothing for them to be overly concerned with.
"Every team's going to face adversity. You're going to have ups and downs during a season. We play the Pirates a lot over the last few weeks of the season so winning these games is very important for us."
The Cardinals are now off to Chicago for a weekend series with the Cubs, who took two of three from the Cardinals at Busch Stadium last week.