It took two hours extra due to rain but the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the rival Chicago Cubs 5-2.
Shelby Miller moves to 8-4 this season. He pitched 5 innings, allowed 2 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 5. He now has 96 strikeouts (6th) this season and a 2.08 ERA (3rd) over 86.1 innings pitched. Miller left early in the game due to cramping.
Kevin Siegrist, Seth Maness, and Trevor Rosenthal pitched in relief prior to Edward Mujica coming in during the 8th inning for a 4 out save. Mujica picked up his 20th save of the season although he gave up a run in the process.
Mujica’s only mistake was giving up a home run to Darwin Barney.
Things got crazy in the bottom of the 7th inning when Pete Kozma singled. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo over threw the plate and Yadier Molina was sent home. Molina reached the plate around the same time that Cubs pitcher Travis Wood had the ball in his glove. The umpire called Molina safe and Cubs manager Dale Sveum came out to argue. The Cubs manager was ejected and Kozma, who took second as the argument was starting, returned back to first base.
In the bottom of the 8th inning, Allen Craig hit a sac fly that scored Beltran.
Holliday has been hot-hitting of late. Since June 7th, the left fielder is hitting .350 (14-40) but not many of those are going over the wall for home runs. Holliday has 1 home run and 5 RBIs in that span but has scored 12 times. In the span, Holliday has raised his average from .259 to .271 this season. If he keeps it up, he’ll be hitting .300 in no time.