We know that the Cubs are good at baseball (and also at just about everything), and it showed this past series. Let’s take a look at the three game series recap vs. the Cardinals:
Cubs @ Cardinals
Cardinals 4, Cubs 3
W: Rosenthal (2-1) L: Warren (3-1)
The game and John Lackey’s effort changed completely with just one swing of the bat. Randal Grichuk‘s first career walk-off homer against Cubs’ reliever Adam Warren in the ninth handed the Cubs the 4-3 loss to the Cards on Monday night. The Cubs held a two-run lead until the seventh inning, when Matt Adams hurt starter John Lackey with a game-tying pinch-hit home run. Up to that point, Lackey had held the Cardinals to three singles and one run while striking out nine. Lackey had another productive outing and his dominance at Busch Stadium continued. His 24 career starts at Busch Stadium have now been quality starts, 22 of those coming as a member of the Cardinals. Ben Zobrist continued his hot streak with three singles and a walk. Cardinals’ starter Adam Wainwright pitched in and out of trouble. He gave up three runs, seven hits, walked three, and struck out four in six innings of work. The Cubs were able to end his 26-inning scoreless streak with Miguel Montero’s single that tied the game in the fourth inning at one.
Cubs 12, Cardinals 3
W: Hammel (6-1) L: Wacha (2-5)
The Cubs had no reason to panic over a 3-game losing streak, it’s normal for teams to go through these sorts of skids, especially in a long 162-game season. They knew that they would eventually snap out of it and that is exactly what they did Tuesday night jumping on slumping Cardinals starter Michael Wacha for six first-inning runs that eventually ended in a 12-3 blowout. The Cubs sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning against Wacha, who walked home a run and allowed five hits in the 36-pitch frame. In those five hits were two 2-run doubles by David Ross and Jason Hammel, who got to bat before even stepping on the mound. Hammel didn’t need the 12 runs as he had a very impressive outing. The veteran right-hander went 7 1/3 innings, yielding only four hits and a run with three walks and four strikeouts. Jorge Soler had gone 0-for-6 in his last two games but has started to turn things around. He drew walks in his first two at-bats, including one with the bases loaded in the first, then, he hit his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot, in the fifth inning. Michael Wacha was pulled after Soler’s homer, he allowed a career-high eight runs on eight hits and four walks, striking out four.
Cubs 9, Cardinals 8
W: Arrieta (9-0) L: Martinez (4-5) SV: Rondon (8)
Despite some struggles, Jake Arrieta remains unbeaten on the season and the Cubs were able to get the 23rd. win with him as a starter. Arrieta allowed four runs in a regular-season game for the first time since June 16, 2015. Despite that, he joined Chris Sale as the only nine game winners and became the first Cub to win his first nine decisions since Kenny Holtzman did it in 1967. Arrieta got some help from the Cubs offense. Kris Bryant hit a three-run homer and Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist each drove in two runs to back their starter. The Cubs had another offensive outburst just like the night before as they sent 11 batters to the plate in a six-run second against Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez. The Cubs offensive surge was a good thing as the Cardinals tried to creep back into the game. Arrieta served up a homer to Randal Grichuk and another two runs in the fourth before being pulled after a season-low five innings. It marked the first time in his last 30 starts that Arrieta had given up four runs. Even though the game became a little too close for comfort, Hector Rondon was able to hold the Cardinals and earn his eighth save.
Next up for the Cubs:
* After taking 2 of 3 from the Cardinals, the Cubs return home to face a Phillies team coming off one of its highest-scoring games of the season. Jon Lester will take the mound for the Cubs. He is 4-0 with a 1.76 ERA in six career starts against the Phillies, throwing seven innings of two-run ball in a matchup last July at Wrigley Field. The Phillies went 5-2 against the Cubs last season, winning all three at Wrigley.
Philadelphia Phillies @ Chicago Cubs
Friday, May 27, 1:20 PM CDT
Adam Morgan, LHP v. Jon Lester, LHP
TV: CSN Radio: 670 The Score
Sunday, May 29, 1:20 PM CDT
Vince Velasquez, RHP v. John Lackey, RHP
TV: WGN Radio: 670 The Score
Thanks for reading and as always, Go Cubs!