Cardinals beat Cubs 8-1 to become first team to 50 wins

The Chicago Cubs are well ahead of their expected pace for contention in the National League postseason race as the Major League Baseball season approaches the end of its third month.

On Saturday, the Cardinals won their fiftieth game of the 2015 season and Michael Wacha (10-3) won his tenth game of the season. Since then he’s rebounded with wins over Minnesota and Philadelphia allowing just three runs in 15 innings.

Michael Wacha pitched six solid innings, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-1 on Saturday night to become the first major league team with 50 wins.

Before the 2013 season opener, Cubs’ ownership was asked how the spending restrictions tied to its highly leveraged purchase of the team would affect baseball operations spending going forward.

ST. LOUIS – The Cardinal offense blew apart the Cubs with 13 hits and eight runs, pushing their record to 50-24.

While the White Sox are continuing that trend, the team on the North Side seems to have finally turned the corner in their rebuilding effort.

WAOE (Channel 59) has come to the rescue and televises numerous WGN and WLS games, but not all of them.

Tonight the Redbirds will hand the baseball to Carlos Martinez as they look to sweep the Cubbies out of town. You’re seeing less holes, seeing him make adjustments like he did that last at bat. Meanwhile, the Cardinals were 6-for-15 with men in scoring position.

Once again, weather could get in the way of tonight’s game. Six batters recorded hits off Cubs starter Donn Roach, who was making his 2015 debut.

HOUSTON (AP) – Brian McCann hit a grand slam and Chris Young homered to give New York an early lead, and Mark Teixeira had a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth after the Yankees squandered that cushion in a 9-6 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday. Cashner also drove in a run with a bunt single.

Wong’s two-run double was the key blow in the fifth inning.

On a given day, it’s David Ross, Mike Baxter, and Jonathan Herrera. The Cardinals loaded the bases with one out, but Roach got another grounder to Kris Bryant who stepped on third. Roach on the mound. Kolten Wong is hitting. Matt Carpenter next to face him.

They don’t have sluggers, 30 home-run guys, players that steal a lot of bases or overly dominant strikeout pitchers, but they do have something more special than that.

St. Louis chased Roach from the game after just 3.1 innings, and continued the offensive onslaught, knocking around reliever Travis Wood.

St. Louis opened the scoring in the second on Randal Grichuk’s one-out triple that scored Yadier Molina, who reached on a walk.

Both falling in the bottom half of the league based on total runs this season, St. Louis ranks 17th with 305 runs and Chicago is 20th with 294.

One example was when they won back-to-back games against the Los Angeles Dodgers, beating Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke in those two games. The Cubs had their share of opportunities to score, but found ways to get themselves out, including base running gaffes and hitting into double plays.

1B Xavier Scruggs takes the offensive honors in last night’s game. The game’s score surged to 5-1. Garcia is 3 for 4 as a pinch-hitter since being recalled from Triple-A Memphis on June 19.

Chicago starter Jake Arrieta allowed just one run on three hits over seven innings. Expect the next recap I write to return to the familiar format.

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p style=”text-align: center;”>Michael Wacha gets tenth win in Game Two facing the Chicago Cubs.        Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

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