The Cubs finally broke through against their division rival on Tuesday as they bested the Cards not once, but twice in a rare double-header sweep at Wrigley Field. After taking the day game 7 – 4, the Cubs took the Cardinals best shot, hung in there, and delivered a punch of their own taking the night cap 5 – 3.
The Cubs got on the board first in the fifth inning as recent call-up, catcher Taylor Teargarden singled in a run. The Cards answered right back in the sixth as Jason Heyward grounded into a fielder’s choice scoring Matt Carpenter. Mark Reynolds then pushed the Cards in front with an infield single that plated Heyward. The Cubs, not to be outdone, exploded in the seventh as Addison Russell’s controversial game-tying single was ruled fair, getting Cardinals pitcher Seth Maness ejected for arguing the call. His replacement, reliever Kevin Siegrist then threw away a grounder that would extend the inning as the Cubs pushed two more runs across. This was more than enough to get the job done as each team would add one more run for the final score of 5 – 3.
After how badly the Cubs have fared against the birds thus far, yesterday was pretty sweet and an important step in this team’s progress. Beating the best team in baseball is something that these young players needed to experience and Cubs fans needed to see to believe. While their overall record vs. St. Louis is still poor, sweeping a double header will prove vital to not only reigning in the division but proving you can fight and grind your way to wins no matter the opponent.
Taking the fourth and final game of this series could generate some serious buzz as the Cubs head into the crosstown classic vs. the White Sox and end the first half on a high note as All-Star week commences. The also currently hold a 3.5 game lead for the second wild card spot that has fans dreaming of the possibilities.
First they have to go out and get their first series victory over the Cardinals this year. Jason Hammel takes the mound vs. Michael Wacha with a 7:05PM CST first pitch.
Let’s Go Cubs!