If there was any time for the Cardinals to crank up their offensive production, it would be now, and they are doing just that. Last week the Cardinals found themselves 5.5 games out of first place in the NL Central division after losing three out of four games by one run. All of sudden after a couple of grand slams, production throughout the whole lineup, and a rally cat; the Cardinals find themselves tied with the Chicago Cubs for first place in the NL Central.
This offensive surge began on August 6 against the Reds when the Cards put up 13 runs up on the board. After that game the Cardinals managed to then put up 11, 10, 8, 8, and 6 runs in their following five games. They used those runs to win all of those games including a four game sweep against their Missouri rivals, the Kansas City Royals in the I-70 series.
In one of those games Yadier Molina stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs with his team down 5-4. In the same moment when Molina was at the plate a cat ran on to the field stopping play. Right after a grounds crew member picked up the cat and let it loose outside the stadium, Molina hit a go ahead grand-slam and the Cardinals would end up winning the game 8-5.
The Cardinals are currently on an eight game winning streak and hope to continue their success of winning and scoring runs to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Cardinals are hoping that the rally cat will be an omen to the rally squirrel in 2011 when the Cards went on to win the World Series.
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