(Animal noise of pain and frustration)

Cubs 3, Cardinals 2


Mather ends it. (AP photo)

Jason Motte was one strike away from nailing it down, but he couldn’t get it done.

He took the hill as the Cardinals held onto a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the 9th at Wrigley. He struck out Soriano, then walked two, then got pinch-hitter Steve Clevenger to ground out to first, the runners both advancing. Up comes former Cardinal Joe Mather, who works the count to 2-2 before driving a Motte slider into center, bringing both runners home, and the Cubs win it.

Argh.

Always bad to lose, but a particular shame to waste a good effort by Jaime Garcia. 7 2/3 innings, 6 hits, 1 earned run, and 4Ks. Cubs starter Matt Garza made it a pitchers’ duel, with an equally impressive effort – 7 innings, 4 hits, 2 earned runs, 5Ks, although he wasn’t nearly as efficient, needing 108 pitches to get through 7, while Garcia threw only 85.

Neither offense did very much, at least not until Mather stepped in in the 9th. Matt Holliday finally had a good night, going 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI.

Adam Wainwright starts tomorrow, hoping to turn things around.

Later,

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: