The Cubs wrap up their four game series Sunday night prime time on National TV. John Lackey takes to the mound looking for his 10th win of the season. John is 1-1 in three starts against the Cardinals and Mike Leake looking to get to .500 with his ninth win of the season. His last start against the Cubs was April 18th against Lackey which was a loss.
Lackey makes it a quick top half of the first with a 1-2-3 inning. Leake is not so lucky as he starts off by walking Dexter Fowler then gives up a single to Kris Bryant. Anthony Rizzo sends a ground ball to right scoring Fowler for the first run of the game pushing Bryant to third. Ben Zobrist sends a fly ball to left scoring Bryant for a sac fly. In the first, the Cubs are up by two.
Lackey gives up a single and a walk in the 2cd but gives up no runs and strikes out two. In the top of the third he gives up a one out single to Greg Garcia, then hits Stephen Piscotty. Matt Carpenter sends a ground ball to short, Addison Russell throws to second getting the force out but Zo’s throw to first is wild and Garcia scores.
After the first, the Cubs bats wouldn’t be able to get to Leake until the bottom of the sixth inning with Bryant sending a one out fly ball to center for a his first triple of the year. Rizzo then drives him in for the Cubs third round of the game. After six the Cubbies are up 3 – 1 .
In the top of the 7th, Lackey gives up a leadoff single to Yadier Molina but gets the next two outs but that would be enough for Maddon as he brings in Justin Grimm to strike out Randal Grichuk to end the inning. Leake starts off the bottom half by giving up a double to Chris Coghlan and makes it to third on Jason Heyward’s infield single. Cardinals skipper, Mike Mathena decides to pull Leake for Matt Bowman who loads the bases by walking Wilson Contrearas but gets the next three batters out to end the inning.
Hector Rondon enters the game in the top of the eighth and gives up back to back singles to Kolten Wong and Garcia. Both runners ate driven in by Stephen Piscotty when he takes Rondon deep to the center field bleachers. He does get the next out but then gives up a solo homer to Brandon Moss. Joel Maddon decides to bring in Travis Wood who gets the second out of the inning but walks Jhonny Peralta and gives up a single to Jedd Gyorko. Grichuk comes in and doubles driving in Peralta putting the Cards up 6-3. Kolten Wong back up again for the second time this inning flys out to end the inning.
Kevin Siegrist enters the game in the bottom of the eighth for the Cards to face Rizzo who takes the first pitch then drives the next fast ball off the right field score board. Zo strikes out but Siegrist would have some unannounced injury and be replace by Seung Hwan Oh. Oh comes in and strikes out Russell in three strikes. Baez grabs himself a single. Jason Heyward flys out to end the inning.
Top of the ninth. Aroldis Chapman enters the game and strikes out the first two batters and gets Matt Carpenter to ground out. Cardinals closer as of late, Oh stays in for the ninth. He only sees Contrearas, Soler and Fowler and strikes out all three batters to end the game to help split the series between the Cubs and Cardinals.
Go Cubs Go!
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