Over the past four days the Cardinals have basically embarrassed the Chicago Cubs in St. Louis. The Cardinals took three of the four games and didn’t have much trouble at all, this might be why they have the best record in baseball, but that’s just a shot in the dark. They dominated the Cubs in every aspect of the game, batting, pitching, defense, you name it and the Cardinals probably outplayed the Cubs over the past four days.
Everything followed suit on Thursday night when the two teams wrapped up their series at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals had no trouble with the Cubs, they won the game 6-1.
Lance Lynn gave the hometown Cards a great start, he pitched six innings, gave up just three hits, and one earned run. This effort earned Lynn a quality start and his tenth win of the year. Lynn got plenty of help from his buddies in the bullpen, three of them combined for three innings and only gave up two hits. Lynn, and the bullpen for that matter, have been fantastic all year for the Cardinals.
Multiple players paced the Cardinals on the offensive side, as a team they combined for 10 hits and the six runs as I mentioned earlier. Matt Holliday and Matt Carpenter each had a pair of hits for the Cards. Holliday had a monster home run in the sixth that helped them keep their foot on the gas pedal for the remainder of the game. Allen Craig drove in a pair of runs in a pinch hit appearance in the sixth inning as well.
For the Cubs, Scott Feldman struggled a little, he pitched five and a third innings, gave up six hits, and five earned runs. His bullpen was able to control the game as best they could. Most of the innings were just damage control innings, and the trio did a good job. With the loss, Feldman’s record drops to 6-6 on the year.
The offense was flat once again, except for the efforts of one man. Welington Castillo had three of the five Cub hits on the night including a solo home run in the third that gave the Cubs their only run of the night. The other two hits came from Anthony Rizzo and Darwin Barney.
Things get a little bit easier for the Cubs over the next nine games or so. They will head back to Wrigley Field tomorrow where they will will begin a three game set with the Houston Astros. After those games they will take on the Milwaukee Brewers for three games, then the Seattle Mariners for three. All of these teams are well below .500.
For tomorrow, start time is scheduled for 1:20 CT at Wrigley. The probable starters are, Dallas Keuchel (4-3) for the Astros and Matt Garza (1-1) for the Cubs.
Topics: Allen Craig, Anthony Rizzo, Dallas Keuchel, Darwin Barney, Houston Astros, Lance Lynn, Matt Carpenter, Matt Garza, Matt Holliday, Milwaukee Brewers, Scott Feldman, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, Welington Castillo