Jul 14, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney (15) forces out St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig (21) at second base during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Cubs Split With Cardinals To End First Half

The Cubs and Cardinals played an up and down, roller coaster like four game set to end the unofficial first half of the season.  The Cardinals took the final game of the series with a 10-6 win at Wrigley Field.

Sunday nights game was an absolute slug fest, I mentioned the combined 16 runs that were scored, but the teams also combined to record 32 hits in the contest.  The Cardinals had 21 of the 32.

Yadier Molina and Allen Craig each had four hits for the Cardinals and a combined five RBI’s.  Molina had a huge home run in the ninth to essentially seal the game for the Cardinals.  The game was tied 6-6 heading into the ninth inning with Kevin Gregg taking the mound.  Carlos Beltran started the rally with what was marked down as a double, but he ended up on third due to a fielding error by right fielder Dave Sappelt, after Beltran, Allen Craig singled to bring him home and give the Cards a one run lead.  Then two batters later Molina unloaded on a pitch sending it deep to left center field.

The Cubs were led by Darwin Barney who had three hits in four trips, drove in four runs, and also scored two of his own runs.  Barney’s big contribution came in the sixth when he hit a three run home run into the basket in left field to give the Cubs a 4-3 lead for the time being, the Cardinals would take the lead back in the top of the seventh.  Cody Ransom had a pinch hit double in the bottom of the eighth that drove home newly acquired Cole Gillespie and Barney, that would tie the game, but that tie would be short lived as the Cardinals took the lead back once again in the top of the ninth.

It seemed to be the same struggle for the Cubs towards the end of the game, the bullpen can’t seem to hold a lead, or keep them in the ball game.  Kevin Gregg gave up four runs in the top of the ninth to earn his second loss of the season.  Starter Travis Wood went just five and two thirds innings, gave up ten hits, and three earned runs, he also walked three batters in that time.  Reliever Matt Guerrier gave up two earned runs in two thirds of an inning and Blake Parker also gave up a run in his two thirds of an inning.

For the Cardinals, Adam Wainwright went six innings, gave up eight hits, and four earned runs.  He got a little more help from his bullpen as the only runs given up came off of Trevor Rosenthal in the eighth, Rosenthal gave up two earned runs during his time in the game. Edward Mujica gave up the hit that led to the two Cub runs in the eighth, but they were inherited runners and were given to Rosenthal when Ransom doubled to drive in the pair.  Mujica earned the win in the contest, which is his second win of the year.

The Cubs will now be off for the next four days due to the All Star Break.  Travis Wood will be the lone Cub appearing at Citi Field in New York for the game, which means this is a chance for the team to rest and get re-energized for the second half of the season which will kick off on Friday in Colorado against the Rockies.  The Cubs will be on a ten game road trip to start the second half and it starts with three at Coors Field.  Game time is scheduled for 7:10 PM CT and the probable starters are, Jorge De La Rosa (9-5) and Jeff Samardzija (5-9) for the Cubs.

Tags: Adam Wainwright Allen Craig Carlos Beltran Chicago Cubs Cody Ransom Cole Gillespie Colorado Rockies Darwin Barney Dave Sappelt Edward Mujica Jeff Samardzija Jorge De La Rosa Kevin Gregg Matt Guerrier St. Louis Cardinals Travis Wood Trevor Rosenthal Yadier Molina

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