Last night Jon Lester gathered his first MLB hit, took a no-hitter into the seventh, yet still took the loss as the Cards blew open a pitcher’s duel in the ninth after an hour-plus rain delay to the take the opener 6 – 0. This game felt like many of the Cubs-Cards contest so far where the Cubs hang in there but ultimately end up succumbing to the scrappy Cardinals and their penchant for pulling out the win.
Any night Jon Lester pitches that well into the seventh inning should bode well for the Cubs chances of winning but not against these pesky birds. Yadier Molina opened the scoring in the seventh on a sacrifice fly that plated Jhonny Peralta, who had broke up Lester’s no-no with an infield single earlier in the inning. Kolten Wong then singled in Jason Heyward to push the margin to 2 – 0, from there it rained and poured on the Cubs in more ways than one.
Edwin Jackson was atrocious in his one inning of work after the rain delay giving up four earned runs on four hits while also issuing a walk. It’s almost as if the man has lost all confidence in his stuff. Disappointing is about all one can muster when describing his performance to date. Let’s hope he can get things straightened out and soon.
John Lackey pitched seven innings of six-hit ball for the win for St. Louis. The fact that the Cubs had just as many hits (6) as the Cardinals, but zero runs to the Cards’ six tells you how much more efficient St. Louis was and just how much this Cubs offense can go struggle from time to time.
The Cubs flipped the script in the day game of today’s double-header as Jake Arrieta pitched 6 and 2/3 innings before getting chased with two out and two men on in the seventh. Both men would come around to score to make the game 3-2 but the Cubs blew it open in the eighth inning as they batted around sending all nine men to the plate. Dexter Fowler doubled to drive in a run and Anthony Rizzo hit a a two run home run. Chris Denorfia then singled to drive in the final run and the Cubs would survive a Mark Reynolds two-run home run in the ninth to win the game 7 – 4 and knot this series up at one a piece.
It was nice to see some pop in the later innings and we can only hope there is a carryover for the evening game of this twin bill. Dallas Beeler takes the mound for the Cubs vs. Tim Cooney for the Cards. Game is currently in progress 0 – 0 in the top of the fourth inning.
Let’s Go Cubs!