September 27: Cardinals (89-71) @ D-backs (63-97)
With one Ramon Santiago swing some 1800 miles away, the Cardinals used the Reds’ assistance to set up a potential champagne celebration at Chase Field on Saturday.
Manager Mike Matheny may have promised not to distract himself by watching the Pirates’ games this weekend, but his players and staff apparently couldn’t resist Saturday afternoon. With the Reds and Pirates meeting in an afternoon game three time zones away, the game played on the television as Cardinal players trickled in before a night game against the D-backs.
With the Cardinals entering Saturday holding a one-game lead over the Pirates in the National League Central, they got a boost from the Reds, who mustered a come-from-behind, 10-6, win on Santiago’s walk-off grand slam with two out in the 10th. It was Santiago’s first grand slam in his 11-year career, and it reduced the Cardinals’ magic number to one.
That means a win behind Lance Lynn on Saturday will secure a second straight division title for St. Louis. If the Cardinals can’t take care of business on Saturday, they’ll have Adam Wainwright on the mound in Sunday’s season finale.
For you out of market folks, tonight’s Cardinals’ game is free on MLB.TV, so you can tune in to watch the potential clincher. You’ll notice that Mark Ellis is making a rare start tonight. Look no further than the matchup for an explanation, as Ellis is 10-for-24 with four homers off Wade Miley in his career.
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