It was the struggle of all struggles for the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cubs could only manage two hits in their 4-1 loss to their division rival.
Jake Westbrook was fantastic and then some in his seven innings of work. He gave up the two hits, one run, which was not earned, struck out two, and walked three. He then handed it over to Trevor Rosenthal, who earned his 17th hold on the year with his perfect eighth inning, then Edward Mujica came in and got his 21st save of the year.
The Cards were led by Yadier Molina on offense, Molina’s two run bomb in the sixth broke the 1-1 tie and put the Cardinals ahead for good. They would get one more run in the sixth on a Pete Kozma RBI single that drove in Jon Jay. Matt Holliday and Matt Carpenter both had two hits a piece in their four trips which helped pace the Cardinals throughout the game. Allen Craig drove in the other run for the Cardinals which came in the first inning when he singled and drove in Carpenter.
For the Cubs and starter Edwin Jackson it wasn’t the prettiest of games, which is usually what you get with Jackson on the bump. Jackson pitched five and a third innings, gave up six hits, and four earned runs. With the loss, Jackson’s record is now at 3-9 on the year and he is sporting a 5.49 ERA. The young Cubs bullpen actually pitched rather well in relief of Jackson, they gave up just three hits in their combined two and two thirds innings.
There wasn’t much to speak of on the offensive side for the Cubs. Luis Valbuena and Anthony Rizzo each had a hit for the Cubs, both were singles. The lone run came in the second when Darwin Barney sac flied to center that scored Rizzo, however, catcher Yadier Molina made a rare fielding error which allowed Rizzo to score.
With the series being at 2-1 in favor of the Cardinals, the Cubs will look to see if they can leave St. Louis with a split tomorrow. If the Cubs are able to do so I would say you’ve got to be happy leaving like that, seeing as the Cardinals have the best record in the majors currently.
Tomorrow’s game is scheduled to start at 7:15 CT. The probable starters are, Lance Lynn (9-1) for the Cardinals and Scott Feldman (6-5) for the Cubs.
Topics: Allen Craig, Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs, Edward Mujica, Edwin Jackson, Jake Westbrook, Jon Jay, Lance Lynn, Luis Valbuena, Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday, Pete Kozma, Scott Feldman, St. Louis Cardinals, Trevor Rosenthal, Yadier Molina