Jun 17, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano (12) strikes out to end the 1st inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Miller Helps Cards Past Cubs

After a two hour rain delay, Shelby Miller snagged his eighth win on the year which is first among ML rookie pitchers.  Miller only pitched five innings because of what looked to be cramping in his right leg.  Over the five innings he gave up just two hits, which helped the Cardinals win the game 5-2.

The Cardinal bullpen was fantastic, especially since the three pitchers that following Miller were all also rookies.  The back end gave up a couple of runs, but the Cardinals already had the game secured.  Edward Mujica earned his 20th save on the year for the Cardinals.  Mujica has done a great job replacing the injured Jason Motte.

Travis Wood pitched seven good innings for the Cubs, but didn’t get any help from the offense, as usual.  Wood gave up seven hits, four runs, but only three of them were earned.  Henry Rodriguez, who was acquired about a week ago, pitched one inning, was rather wild, and gave up one run, not earned.

Yadier Molina got the party started in the fourth for the Cardinals when he doubled to right center and drove in the first two runs of the game.  In the seventh, with runners on second and third, Luis Valbuena made a diving stab to prevent probably two runs, but made a poor throw to first basemen Anthony Rizzo, who then made a poor throw home to Welington Castillo that allowed Molina to score.

There was some controversy behind this play because a lot of people, including myself, thought Molina was out.  Dale Sveum also thought so as he came out and argued the play and was later tossed for arguing with the umpire.  The Cardinals would get one more run in the seventh on a Shane Robinson sac fly that scored David Freese.

The Cubs waited until late to score, they grabbed one run in the eighth when Nate Schierholtz singled to drive in Valbuena.  They would chalk another one up in the ninth when Darwin Barney belted the first pitch he saw from Mujica into left field for a home run.

The Cubs struggled to get much going, but the pitching was decent, which is a good sign.  They seemed flat after losing that game yesterday to the New York Mets in the bottom of the ninth.  Lets hope they bounce back tomorrow as they will take on the Cardinals again in game two of the four game set.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 CT tomorrow.  The probable starters are, Adam Wainwright (10-3) for the Cardinals and Jeff Samardzija (3-7) for the Cubs.

Tags: Adam Wainwright Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs Dale Sveum Darwin Barney David Freese Edward Mujica Henry Rodriguez Jason Motte Jeff Samardzija Luis Valbuena Nate Schierholtz New York Mets Shelby Miller St. Louis Cardinals Travis Wood Welington Castillo Yadier Molina

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