Kyle Hendricks as who some would refer to as the best pitcher for the Cubs right now takes the mound looking for his 12th win of the season and to continue the Cubs wining streak. He would be taking on rookie Luke Weaver in what starts as a pitcher’s duel.
Kyle would hit Stephen Piscotty in the first but strikes out the other three batters he faces to end the inning. Luke starts his career out by striking out Fowler and Bryant and gets Rizzo to groundout to end the inning. Kyle then gives up a leadoff hit to Yadier Molina but strikes out the remainder of the batters he faces. Ben Zobrist leads off the bottom half of the second with a double and Addison Russell drives him in with a deep fly ball to left for his 14th homer of the season. Weaver then loads the bases on two outs but gets out of the inning.
Both pitchers would get into a groove making quick of their opponents through five innings. It would be the Cardinals who strike back in the top of the sixth with Brandon Moss’s two out home run to right center putting the Cardinals within 1 run. Hendricks then gives up another solo home run in the top of 7th to tie the game at 2 to Jedd Gyorko. Weaver only made it through four innings as Alex Reyes would take over for him in the bottom of the fifth. He is able to hold the Cubs through the end of the 7th.
Carl Edwards Jr, replaces Kyle in the top of the 8th and gets the first out but almost as quickly loads the bases for Yadier Molina. Molina strikes out but the ball would get passed the Contreras to put the Cards ahead by one. Carl then walks Peralta to load the bases again and then Gyorko gets an RBI walk for the fourth run of the game. With two outs Joe Smith replaces Carl to face Randal Grichuk who takes Smith deep for a grand slam but he does retire the next batter to end the inning. Cardinals now up 8-2. Kevin Siegrist takes over in the bottom half of the 8th retiring Fowler, Bryant and Rizzo without a hitch.
Mike Montgomery takes over in the top of the 9th gives up a two out single but gets out of the inning. Cubs have one last chance as they take on Seth Maness who gives up back to back singles to Zo and Russell. Zo scores on Heyward’s single who’s throwing error by Maness allows Russell to reach third as Heyward goes to second. Zack Duke looking to redeem himself for the Cards joins the game getting the next three batters out but Russell does score but the Cubs go down 8-4.
Go Cubs Go!
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