Apr 13, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) celebrates with teammates after hitting a two home run against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Cubs' Rally In 9th Falls Short In Loss To St Louis Cardinals

For the fourth time to start the season, the Chicago Cubs have dropped 2 out of 3 games in regular season series. The Cubs have lost 2 out of 3 games in each of the four series that they have played this season. The Cubs entered Sunday with an opportunity to secure their first series victory of the season but fell to the Cardinals 6-4.

The Skinny:

  • The Cubs jumped out to an early lead when first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit a 2-run home run in the first inning. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Cardinals scored 3 times off Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson in the second inning. After a 45-minute rain delay, both the Cubs and Cardinals scored a run in the fourth inning. The score would remain 4-3 until the 8th inning when the Cardinals pushed across 2 runs against Cubs reliever Blake Parker. Those 2 runs would prove crucial as the Cubs were able to score a run in the 9th but ultimately fell short on Sunday.

The Pitching: 

  • Edwin Jackson labored through six innings of work on Sunday for the Cubs. Jackson allowed 4 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks while totaling 114 pitches on Sunday.
  • Parker, who was recalled on Sunday in place of Chris Rusin, gave up 2 runs in the eighth inning.

The Offense:

  • Rizzo continued his hot-start to the season with the 2-run home run in the first inning on Sunday. Rizzo now has 2 home runs and 8 RBIs on the season for the Cubs.
  • Mike Olt had a strong day for the Cubs. Olt did make a fielding error but was 2-for-3 offensively with his first double on the season.
  • Junior Lake was 2-for-4 on Sunday while scoring 2 of the Cubs’ 4 runs.

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