OK, so the Chicago Cubs are now tied with the St. Louis Cardinals at a game apiece heading back to Wrigley Field and Jake Arrieta Day on Monday. I figured that this would happen, even if Kyle Hendricks didn’t do as well as I had hoped, although he looked good early. The player of the game pretty much has to be Jorge Soler for getting on base all night long:
The game started off on a sour note as Hendricks gave up a leadoff homer to Matt Carpenter. Apparently this was only the third ever leadoff homer by the Cardinals in their postseason history, but I guess they got their homers at other points in the game so whatever. The Cubs erupted for their runs after a Kolten Wong error (oops) as you can see in the video above. Those runs chased Jaime Garcia, who happened to have his own case of the runs:
Jaime Garcia was removed from the game in the 3rd inning with a stomach virus.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) October 10, 2015
That inning was enough to tide them over, as even after Hendricks got chased before he qualified for the win, Travis Wood, Trevor Cahill, and Hector Rondon nailed it down and prevented the Cardinals from scoring any more. And of course, the defense helped a bunch:
Wonderful game to listen to, even better to see all the Cubs fans so happy. And when the Cubs are able to win even when their big guns are firing blanks…wow.
Monday is gonna be awesome.