Cubs hang on for second straight win over Cardinals


The lefty took 98 pitches to clear five innings, 35 of which game in the fourth frame when the Cubs sent eight hitters to the plate. I listen to 670, 1 – because I am able to get a clear signal; and, 2 – I keep tabs on their thoughts about the Cubs from the experts who cover the northenders who call in to talk with Brian Hanley in the mornings. “If I chose to put the pitcher eighth somebody in the seven hole is going to suffer”.

Hammel (2-0) also came through on the mound, pitching six innings to extend the Cubs’ streak of getting at least that many innings out of their starter in all 14 games this season. He threw 98 pitches and walked four while allowing four hits and seven strikeouts.

The Cubs tagged Korean righthander Seung Hwan Oh for his first runs stateside when they scored twice in the eighth to cut the Cardinals’ edge to 4-3 Wednesday night when play resumed at Busch Stadium in the scheduled afternoon game after a 3 hour 21 minute rain delay.

Overall, we need to face the fact that the National League in all likelihood has more than a handful of very bad teams. Lackey gets his first shutout win, 5-0, of the season handing his former team their first for 2016. “So far so good”. “Honestly, I don’t think I wouldn’t have been out there without Jason’s great play”. “We do hit in (batting practice) for a while”.

St. Louis scored all its runs in the first two innings against Kyle Hendricks (1-2), starting with a two-run homer to left by Matt Holliday in the first after a Stephen Piscotty double.

A base running mistake perhaps costed the game for the redbirds in the second inning when Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams was caught trying to steal third just ahead of Yadier Molinas triple. That was a big play. The pitcher came through with the single between third and shortstop to drive in both runs. It’s like guys swinging the bat real well and it gets contagious.

“I didn’t make the pitch when I had to make the pitch”, Garcia said.

ESPN Director of Communications Ben Cafardo said on Twitter that ESPN has been reviewing the matter and hasn’t found any evidence of the alleged slurs directed at Heyward. At the same time, we know we can get hotter as a group offensively.

Before the Cubs and Cardinals took the field again Tuesday night, there was one key person still yet to address the issue – Heyward himself. They are 7-2 against the Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds.

The Cardinals got their first run of the game in their sixth plate appearance, and spent the remaining 30 trips to the plate chasing a second.

The power surge has helped the defending National League champions win four of five following a four-game skid that produced a 2-5 start.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after 8 1/2 months together a year ago, there was no need to reach out to Heyward in the offseason. He was injured in an outfield collision April 7….

Louis Cardinals revived their rivalry in St. Louis this week, playing three games in a historic matchup that goes back over 100 seasons. The teams will complete their first meeting of the year with a day game Wednesday.


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