Rizzo Walks Off the Cardinals – Cubs 4, Cardinals 2

Game One Hundred – Cubs 4, Cardinals 2 – 10 innings
WP – James Russell (5-0) LP – Trevor Rosenthal (0-1) Save – None

wflag.jpgThe end of Sunday’s game was simply Rizziculous … and the two youngest players on the Cubs’ roster led the way on Sunday afternoon. With the game tied at two, Starlin Castro (1-for-5 with a RBI and a run scored) led off the tenth with a single to right on a 1-2 pitch from Trevor Rosenthal.

Anthony Rizzo took a strike then drove Rosenthal’s next pitch into the first row of the bleachers in left … the first walk-off homer of Anthony Rizzo’s big league career lifted the Cubs over the Cardinals in ten.

Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Sunday’s finale and finished the three-game weekend series 5-for-12 with two home runs, five RBI, a walk and three runs scored.

David DeJesus (1-for-4 with a triple, a walk and a run scored) tripled and scored in the first inning on a fielder’s choice groundout off the bat of Starlin Castro. Darwin Barney (3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored) had a huge day. Barney reached three times in four at bats with a pair of doubles and a single in the ninth. Barney scored the Cubs’ second run on a throwing error by Daniel Descalso in the second inning. Alfonso Soriano (1-for-4 with a double) added a hustle double in the first. Bryan LaHair (0-for-3) continued his slump. LaHair and Steve Clevenger (0-for-4) left a combined five runners on base. LaHair struck out three times against Adam Wainwright and is 0-for-15 in last four games without a home run since July 4.

Paul Maholm put together another solid start. Maholm struggled with his command but allowed only one run on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Maholm retired the leadoff hitter in six of his seven innings and did a good job of keeping the ball down (eight groundball outs). Maholm threw 116 pitches, 62 for strikes, and left with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh with the Cubs clinging to a 2-1 lead. Manny Corpas retired Allen Craig to preserve the lead … but Shawn Camp gave up a game-tying homer to Carlos Beltran in the eighth.

Paul Maholm received a no decision after another quality start. Maholm became the first Cubs left-handed starting pitcher in modern history to allow one run while completing at least six innings in six consecutive starts.

Carlos Marmol had one of his better outings of the season. Marmol retired all three batters he faced in the ninth on 11 pitches, eight for strikes. James Russell picked up his fifth win with a scoreless tenth.

The Cubs improved to 12-3 in their last 15 at Wrigley Field and 9-8 on Sundays in 2012. The Cubs are 18-10 since June 25 and 7-1-1 in their last nine series.

With Sunday’s victory, the Cubs are 42-58 on the season …

Paul Maholm set down the Cardinals in order in the first despite throwing more balls than strikes (14 pitches, six for strikes). Maholm kept the ball down and recorded three groundball outs.

David DeJesus led off with the Cubs’ fourth triple of the weekend. DeJesus pulled a 1-0 pitch into right center that hung up for Carlos Beltran. Beltran did not seem interested in catching a ball that Jon Jay would have made look routine. Starlin Castro put a 1-2 pitch into play. Castro hit a slower roller past the mound that Daniel Descalso had to field. DeJesus scored as Castro was thrown out at first.

Anthony Rizzo followed with a single to left (1-0 pitch). Alfonso Soriano blooped a 1-1 pitch down the line in shallow right. Rizzo advanced to third easily. Soriano hustled out of the box and ended up at second with a double. With runners on second and third and one down, Bryan LaHair put together one his worst at bats of the season. LaHair struck out swinging on a breaking ball in the dirt (0-2 pitch). Steve Clevenger tapped a 2-2 pitch up the first baseline. Wainwright fielded the ball and tagged Clevenger to end the inning. The Cubs wasted a golden opportunity against Wainwright (21 pitches, 15 for strikes).

Paul Maholm struck out Carlos Beltran swinging to start the second. Maholm continued falling behind and Yadier Molina singled to center (3-0 pitch). David Freese pulled a 3-1 pitch toward short. Starlin Castro got caught in between hops and dropped the ball. Matt Carpenter stepped in with runners on first and second and one down. Maholm’s 0-1 offering to Carpenter was in the dirt and rolled away from Clevenger. Molina broke for third but Clevenger recovered quickly. Molina tried to get back to second. Clevenger threw a strike to Castro, who applied the tag for the second out. Maholm struck out Carpenter swinging to end the inning. Maholm threw 31 pitches in the first two innings, 15 for strikes.

Darwin Barney lined a 0-1 pitch into left for a double to start the second. Luis Valbuena then walked on four pitches. Paul Maholm pulled the bat back and hit a routine grounder toward first. Matt Carpenter picked the ball, threw to second to force Valbuena. Descalso’s throw to first was off the mark and appeared to hit Maholm as he ran up the line. Maholm reached and Barney scored the Cubs’ second run as the ball rolled into foul ground. David DeJesus grounded out to first. What should have been an inning ending double play turned into an unassisted putout. Carpenter bobbled the ball and had to settle for one. With Maholm at second and two out, Castro grounded out to short to end the inning.

Paul Maholm retired the Cardinals in order in the third … 43 pitches for Maholm after three, 23 for strikes.

Daniel Descalso took a hit away from Anthony Rizzo to start the third. Descalso made a tremendous diving stop in the grass, got to his feet and threw out Rizzo at first. Wainwright struck out Soriano (swinging) and LaHair (looking) to end the inning.

Matt Holliday worked a one-out walk in the fourth after Allen Craig grounded out to short to start the inning. Beltran popped out to DeJesus in shallow left center and Molina struck out swinging on Maholm’s 59th pitch of the game (32 for strikes).

The Cubs did nothing in the fourth.

Maholm continued to struggle with his command in the fifth. Maholm walked David Freese on four pitches to begin the inning. Matt Carpenter chopped a 2-2 pitch toward second. Barney fielded the ball and threw to second but his throw was off the mark and Castro could only get one. Tyler Greene pulled a 0-2 pitch into left. Adam Wainwright stepped in with runners on first and second and one out.

Wainwright could not get a bunt down. Wainwright ended up lifting the eighth pitch of the at bat (2-2 pitch) into deep center. DeJesus caught the ball and Carpenter advanced to third on the play. Daniel Descalso grounded out to Rizzo for the third out.

Paul Maholm needed 81 pitches to get through five innings.

Adam Wainwright ended up facing the minimum in the fifth after giving up a leadoff single to Paul Maholm. DeJesus hit a soft liner to Descalso and Castro rolled into a 6-4-3 double play (3-1 pitch).

Paul Maholm retired Craig, Holliday and Beltran in order in the sixth. Maholm threw 93 pitches, 51 for strikes, through six innings.

Anthony Rizzo led off the sixth with a single to center. Wainwright caught Soriano looking for the first out. Bryan LaHair worked a full count and Rizzo broke for second on Wainwright’s next pitch. LaHair struck out (third time in three trips) and Rizzo was out by a mile to end the inning.

Joe Mather replaced LaHair in right at the beginning of the seventh and Maholm struck out Molina looking for the first out. David Freese lined a 0-1 pitch into right for a single. Maholm was obviously laboring at that point. Matt Carpenter pulled a 0-1 pitch down the right field line. Joe Mather tried to make a sliding catch as he neared the padding. Mather missed the ball and the Cardinals had runners on second and third with one out. Maholm fell behind Tyler Greene 3-0 before getting one over. Greene hit a sinking liner to right (3-1 pitch). Mather slipped, misjudged but caught the ball. Freese tagged and scored the Cardinals first run. Lance Berkman hit for Adam Wainwright and worked a walk.

Dale Sveum made the slow walk as Mike Matheny sent Joe Kelly into run for Berkman. Sveum left Maholm into face the lefty Descalso … and Maholm walked him on five pitches to load the bases. Sveum popped out of the dugout and went to his pen for Manny Corpas.

With the bases loaded, two out and the Cubs clinging to a 2-1 lead, Allen Craig popped a 1-1 pitch into right to end the inning.

Barret Browning started the seventh by retiring Clevenger on a grounder to third. Darwin Barney recorded his second double of the game, a blooper down the right field line. Luis Valbuena worked a walk and as soon as Jeff Baker was announced Matheny went to his pen for right-hander Fernando Salas. Baker worked a full count. Sveum sent the runners on the 3-2 pitch to Baker. Baker swung and missed and Barney was thrown out at third to end the inning … the second time in as many innings a strike ’em out, throw ’em out ended the inning.

After seven innings, the Cubs were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left four on base.

Shawn Camp retired Matt Holliday on a grounder to Barney in the shift for the first out in the eighth. Carlos Beltran stepped in and lifted a 1-0 pitch to left. The ball ended up in the basket and just like that the game was tied at two.

Yadier Molina popped out to right (2-2 pitch) but David Freese kept the inning going. Freese pulled a 1-1 pitch into the gap in left center. Soriano did a good job of cutting the ball off but juggled it and Freese ended up at second with what was ruled a double. Camp intentionally walked Matt Carpenter. Matheny sent Skip Schumaker up to hit for Tyler Greene. Schumaker bounced a 2-1 pitch to Rizzo for the third out.

Marc Rzepczynski walked DeJesus to start the eighth. Sveum called for a hit and run on a 2-1 pitch to Castro. Starlin Castro flied out to right and DeJesus scampered back to first. Anthony Rizzo walked on five pitches. Matheny made the slow walk and replaced Rzepczynski with Mitchell Boggs.

Alfonso Soriano pulled Boggs’ first pitch toward the hole at short. David Freese made an excellent pick but could not get the ball out of his glove right away. Freese threw out Soriano at first for the second out. With runners on second and third and two outs, Joe Mather smoked a 1-0 pitch into center … and right at Jon Jay to end the inning.

Carlos Marmol had one of his best innings of the season. Marmol retired the Cardinals in order on 11 pitches, eight for strikes, in the ninth … and the game went to the bottom of the ninth tied at two.

Mitchell Boggs retired Clevenger on a grounder to third for the first out. Darwin Barney collected his third hit of the afternoon, a single to center. After Valbuena popped out to Descalso in shallow left center, Reed Johnson hit for Marmol and worked a walk … but DeJesus swung at the first pitch and grounded out to second to end the inning.

James Russell started the tenth and struck out Matt Holliday looking for the first out (2-2 pitch). Carlos Beltran lifted a 0-1 pitch to the edge of the track in left for out number two. Yadier Molina kept the inning going with a single to left (1-1 pitch) but Russell jammed David Freese on a 1-1 offering and he popped out to Valbuena for the third out.

Starlin Castro greeted Trevor Rosenthal with a single to right (1-2 pitch) to start the tenth. Anthony Rizzo looked at a strike then drove Rosenthal’s next offering into the first row of the bleachers in left … Cubs Win!

It is always a good day when the Cubs beat the Cardinals.

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