The Cubs young shortstop Starlin Castro was benched mid-game by manager Dale Sveum. After an infield fly was called as Castro got to a ball in short left field, Castro immediately dropped his head as if to assume the play was dead. Well, Jon Jay had different ideas. Jay, who was occupying third base at the time, went back to tag, and as soon as he saw Castro wasn’t paying attention, he took off for home.
Starlin noticed that Jay was off and running, but by that time he was too late as Jay beat the throw home. As soon as the Cubs got out of the inning Castro went into the dugout and was greeted by a very unhappy Sveum, he immediately signaled Castro was out of the game. Cody Ransom came in to play third and Donnie Murphy slid over to shortstop.
One of the things that Sveum emphasizes is keeping your head in the game at all times and that seems to have been a problem for the youngster all year long. Makes you wonder how long the Cubs want to put up with it before it gets to be too much.
Travis Wood saw no help from the offense once again. Wood has gotten a total of four runs of support in his last four starts, zero runs in his last two starts. Wood went five and a third innings, gave up four hits, and four earned runs, the loss dropped his record to 7-10.
Joe Kelly was the starter for the Cardinals and he was very solid over six innings, he gave up four hits, and struck out six guys. Three Cardinal relievers combined for three innings and one hit given up. They also struck out five men over the three innings.
Yadier Molina led the charge offensively for the Cardinals, he had two hits with one of them being a two run shot in the sixth inning to give the Cardinals the 4-0 lead. Molina has consistently been a Cub killer over the years and he continued that today. Carlos Beltran and Matt Carpenter also drove in runs for the visitors.
Nate Schierholtz had two hits out of the four hole for the Cubbies. He also had the only extra base hit for the Cubs with his double in sixth inning.
The series will wrap up tomorrow at Wrigley Field. The game is scheduled for 1:20 PM CT with the probable starters being, Adam Wainwright (13-7) for the Cardinals and Edwin Jackson (7-12) for the Cubs.
Topics: Adam Wainwright, Carlos Beltran, Chicago Cubs, Cody Ransom, Dale Sveum, Donnie Murphy, Edwin Jackson, Joe Kelly, Jon Jay, Matt Carpenter, Nate Schierholtz, St. Louis Cardinals, Starlin Castro, Travis Wood, Yadier Molina