The Chicago Cubs came into today’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals hoping for their 6th straight win, sweeping the Cards, and extending their lead in the NL Central.
The Cubs got on the board first, thanks to a Ben Zobrist RBI ground out in the 3rd, making it 1-0 going to the 4th.
Jose Quintana did a great job pitching until the 4th inning, when the Cards loaded the bases with only one out. But thanks to a double play, the Cubbies got out of the inning without a run scoring.
Kyle Schwatber added to the lead with a solo home run in the 4th, his 27th of the year. Zobrist then brought in his second run of the day, with a line drive single brining in Addison Russell. 3-0 Cubs going to the 5th.
The Cardinals tied things up in the 6th, off a Dexter Fowler three run homer. Part of the blame lies on Schwarbs, a lead off double that he should have caught definitely came back to haunt him. 3-3, with Carl Edwards Jr. coming in to replace Q, after he allowed another double and then hit a batter. CJ got out of the inning, easily striking out the batter. Tied game to end the inning.
Anthony Rizzo led off the 7th with a hit by pitch, and pinch hitter Javier Baez hit a single into left field, putting two on, no out for Schwarbs. He popped out, brining up pinch hitter Ian Happ. Happ reached on a fielders choice, putting runners on the corners with two outs for Jason Heyward, who broke the tie with an RBI single. 4-3 Cubs, with two on, two out for the locked in Addy. He walked, bringing up pinch hitter Victor Caratini, who grounded out, ending the inning. 4-3 going to the 8th.
Mike Montgomery came in in the 9th for the save, and is now 31-0 in save opportunities.
The Cubs remain in first place in the NL Central, extending their lead. They have an off day Monday, and then go on the final road trip of the regular season starting with Tampa Bay for a 2 game series.