Cards Outlast Cubs in a Bullpen Duel to Keep Their Season Alive

After his last outing against the Cubs, Carlos Martinez was looking to bounce back with a strong outing to help push his team to the postseason. On the other side Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta was hoping to give his team a chance to clinch a playoff berth for the 3rd year in a row. None of this went to plan.

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Carpenter opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first with a leadoff solo bomb, and they later scored two more in the inning on a an error by the Cubs shortstop, and a triple by Randal Grichuk.

The Cubs got a run back the next inning on a ground ball by Schwarber that scored Ian Happs, but was quickly forgotten when Tommy Pham sent a ball to Big Mac land for a 2 run shot putting the cardinals up 5-1. Wilson Contreras, the Cubs catcher, walked with the bases loaded to get another run back.

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Arrieta was then removed from the game after only 3 innings and was replaced by the lefty Mike Montgomery. Arrieta’s line: 3.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 K, 1 BB.

In the top half of the 4th Schwarber scored with the bases loaded on a catchers interference call to now only trail by 2 runs. Carlos limited the damage that inning only allowing one run, and getting Rizzo to ground out after he struck out Ben Zobrist and Kris Bryant. Carlos began the 5th but was taken out after one out and a man on second, his line: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 6 K, 4 BB.

Cardinals Lefty Zach Duke came in for relief and temporarily shut the door for the Cubs. The Cards scored once in the 5th, and twice in the 7th on a pair of home runs from Jedd Gryko and Randal Grichuk, giving the Cardinals a 8-3 lead.

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The Cubs didn’t score again until the 8th, when Jason Heyward tagged John Brebbia for a 3 run dinger to bring Chicago within 2 runs of the Cards. Immediately following, Zobrist hit a solo shot to make the score 8-7. The next batter, Kris Bryant, hit a ball deep to left field, but luckily it stayed in the park for a double and was later stranded there as Juan Nicasio got Rizzo to fly out to Paul Dejong. Nicasio went on to strike out the side in the 9th with a man on 1st and 2nd to give the Redbirds the W.

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Zach Duke got the win with 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 k, 0 BB and Nicasio received the save. The Cardinals will send out Michael Wacha tomorrow, in hopes of stopping the Cubs from clinching the division, while the Cubs will counter with former Cardinal John Lackey.

 

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