Cardinals out-homered by Cubs in loss


8. 9. 6. 33. Final

Well, that wasn’t fun.

Going into this game, nobody expected the Cardinals to do well. They were in Wrigley facing a dominant CY Young candidate in Jake Arrieta. However, the Cardinals were able to score four runs off of Arrieta in 5.2 innings on five hits.

However, just as I imagined it might go. Michael Wacha simply could not channel the Wacha we all fell in love with in 2013. Wacha left the pitch up far too many times to good Cubs’ hitters and he got burnt. 

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The Cardinals seemed to have things going right for them when they took the lead in the top half of the fourth inning 2-1. However, the very next inning Wacha gave up a game tying home run to Starlin Castro, the second Cub’s home run of the game. Wacha was able to escape the fourth inning with no further damage despite the Addison Russell triple.

Ok, 2-2 game Wacha’s starting to get hit. You take him out right? Especially with him coming up in the next inning. So, in steps Randal Grich…wait he didn’t take him out? Nope. Mike Matheny left Wacha in to bat for himself in the top of the 5th. The very next inning, Wacha allows a single to Jorge Soler and then a one out two-run home run to Kris Bryant.

As if you didn’t see that coming. The very next batter, Anthony Rizzo hit a solo shot off of reliever Kevin Siegrist who was curiously pitching to a left handed hitter who hits lefties well and curiously pitching in the fifth inning with the bases empty.

The Cubs’ really never looked back at this point, they added two more home runs, bringing their nightly total to six (a postseason record).

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  • The Cardinals’ tried their hardest to keep up with the Cubs as Jason Heyward hit a two run blast in the sixth to bring the score to 5-4 and Stephen Piscotty hit a two out two-run home run to bring our final score to 8-6, after Matt Holliday decided to swing first pitch and ground out to end the game. 

    Tomorrow’s game will be a do or die game for our St. Louis Cardinals and they have decided to start the veteran John Lackey on three day’s rest. I told you before this series started that the bullpen was going to be key for this team, with Wacha’s uninspiring start and the leaky bullpen tonight was just not the Cardinals’ night.

    When you add in that Yadier Molina was taken out in the sixth inning, tonight was just a night Cardinals’ fans would like to forget.

    The fate of the season rests in the hands of John Lackey tomorrow afternoon. Another successful postseason start will only add to the big deal he will be receiving in the offseason. With Jason Hammel being the opposing starting pitcher, you’d figure the Cardinal offense should be in good shape if Lackey puts in a quality effort.

    Tomorrow’s game will be at 3:30 PM CT.