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Gold rush! Paul Goldschmidt launches two homers as Cardinals reign over Cubs in sweep

Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

Published in Baseball

Two baseballs the Cubs couldn’t possibly catch put the Cardinals ahead, but it took a deep fly ball within the reach of center field Michael Siani to cinch the series victory.

Paul Goldschmidt hit two two-run home runs to launch the Cardinals to a four-run lead that the bullpen leaked, but did not lose. Siani’s dash into deep center field in the ninth inning collected the final out and assured the Cardinals of a 4-3 victory late Sunday night at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals’ win in the rain-prolonged game swept the rain-shortened series of two games, and the Cardinals won each by one run.

Ryan Helsley got the save in each to bring his MLB-lead to 17 saves.

Though the Cubs got the tying run to third base each night.

The Cardinals have won 10 of their past 12 games to hoist their record within a win of .500 on the eve of Memorial Day. At 25-26 they could be a winning team by winning their next series.

Sonny Gray (7-2) got the win thanks to Goldschmidt’s four RBIs coming during the right-hander’s five scoreless innings. Despite throwing fewer than 80 pitches, he left 12 outs for the bullpen to get.

 

The game was delayed 2 hours, 33 minutes by rain, hail, and a tornado warning that had the Cardinals urging fans to retreat to the lower concourse and seek shelter.

In their past 12 games – as they’ve lunged out of the quagmire of last place – the Cardinals have also experienced 8 hours and 12 minutes of rain delays. And that does not include Friday’s game against the Cubs that was just washed out by the forecast for poor weather. That game was postponed all the way until June and turned this weekend series with all of its potential for three consecutive 40,000-strong crowds into a two-day stay.

It finished with a nationally televised game to play.

Whatever the wait.

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