A Bloop, A Blast and A Walk-Off Win – Cubs 5, Cardinals 4

Game One Hundred Fifty-One – Cubs 5, Cardinals 4 – 11 innings
WP – Alberto Cabrera (1-1) LP – Joe Kelly (5-7) Save – None

wflag.jpgThe Cubs ended their four-game losing streak with their fourth walk-off win of the season over the Cardinals.

The Cubs trailed 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth. After Dave Sappelt and Tony Campana made two quick outs, David DeJesus fell behind Fernando Salas 1-2. The Cubs were down to their last strike. DeJesus hit a soft single into right on the fourth pitch of the at bat. Darwin Barney followed, and like DeJesus, fell behind 1-2. Barney launched Salas’ next pitch into the first row of the bleachers in left center and tied the game at four. The game went into extra innings and both Carlos Marmol and Alberto Cabrera kept the Cardinals off the board.

Welington Castillo (2-for-4, hit by pitch) led off the 11th with a single to right. Brett Jackson ran for Castillo and advanced to second on a Dave Sappelt sacrifice bunt. Steve Clevenger hit for Alberto Cabrera and flied out to right. Jackson tagged and advanced to third on the play.

David DeJesus (4-for-6 with a triple, a RBI and two runs scored) drove a 0-2 pitch from Joe Kelly into right field and Jackson scampered home with the winning run on DeJesus’ fourth hit of the day.

David DeJesus and Darwin Barney (2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored) supplied a majority of the Cubs offense on Friday. The top two hitters in Dale Sveum’s lineup were a combined 6-for-11 with a home run, a triple, four RBI and four runs scored. Darwin Barney has hit nine home runs in his big league career, all nine have been hit at Wrigley Field.

Darwin Barney and Anthony Rizzo combined on a web gem in the 10th inning. Barney took a hit away from Matt Carpenter in a tie game and Anthony Rizzo helped keep Barney’s errorless streak intact. Rizzo made an excellent pick of a bad throw and Barney did not commit an error for the 136th straight game.

Alfonso Soriano (1-for-5 with a double and a RBI) tied the game at two with a RBI double off Chris Carpenter in the third inning. Soriano tied his single-season career high in RBI (104) set in 2005 with the Rangers. Luis Valbuena (2-for-5), Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4 with a walk) and Starlin Castro (1-for-5) also collected hits on Friday afternoon.

The Cubs outhit the Cardinals 13-8 and finished the afternoon 2-for-9 with RISP and left nine on base.

Chris Volstad (three runs on six hits with three walks, a HBP and no strikeouts in five innings) received his second straight no decision after a laborious 116-pitch, five-inning outing. Volstad kept his team in the game but could not put hitters away. Volstad allowed only one run in a 37-pitch first inning that took 20 minutes to complete. Volstad did not strikeout a batter and walked three on Friday afternoon … and turned the game over to the bullpen with the Cubs trailing 3-2.

Miguel Socolovich pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning and Michael Bowden put together another good outing in the seventh. James Russell (one run on two hits with a walk and two strikeouts in one inning) surrendered the Cardinals’ fourth run in the eighth inning. Russell was not sharp and it took him 26 pitches, 16 for strikes, to complete an inning of work.

Carlos Marmol worked around a one-out walk in the tenth without allowing any runs. Alberto Cabrera retired the top of the Cardinals lineup in order in the 11th inning. Cabrera struck out Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday and earned his first Major League victory.

The Cubs string of marathon games continued. It took four hours and a minute to complete the Cubs’ second 11-inning game of the homestand.

With Friday’s win, the Cubs improved to 59-92 on the season …

Chris Volstad allowed Jon Jay to set a tone for the afternoon. Jay battled Volstad and ended up with a double to center on the 12th pitch of the at bat. Carlos Beltran then gave the Cubs an out. Beltran bunted Jay to third. Volstad plunked Matt Holliday on a 0-2 pitch and the Cardinals had runners on first and third with one out. Allen Craig popped a 3-2 pitch into shallow left that Castro hauled in for the second out. Yadier Molina ripped a 2-2 pitch back up the middle and into center. Jay scored and the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead. With runners on first and second and two down, Matt Carpenter lined out to Soriano in left (3-2 pitch) to end the inning. Chris Volstad threw 37 pitches, 25 for strikes, in the first inning.

Chris Carpenter made his 2012 debut and retired David DeJesus (pop out to third) and Darwin Barney (groundout to second) rather quickly to start his outing. Anthony Rizzo worked a walk but Alfonso Soriano grounded out to third to end the inning. Chris Carpenter threw 18 pitches in the first inning, nine for strikes.

Chris Volstad set down the side in order in the second … 48 pitches for Volstad after two innings, 32 for strikes.

Starlin Castro tapped back to Carpenter to begin the second inning. Luis Valbuena followed with a single to left. Carpenter plunked Welington Castillo and the Cubs had runners on first and second with one out … but Dave Sappelt popped a 2-2 pitch up to Descalso at second and Chris Volstad lined a 3-2 pitch to Holliday in left for the third out. Carpenter needed 38 pitches, 21 for strikes, to complete two innings of work.

Jon Jay led off the third with a single to right. Carlos Beltran hit a 1-1 pitch toward second. Barney fielded the ball and threw to Castro to force Jay. Beltran took over at first and advanced to third on a double off the bat of Matt Holliday. Allen Craig plated Beltran with a sac fly to center. Holliday advanced to third on the play. Volstad jumped ahead of Yadier Molina 1-2 but ended up losing him and the Cardinals had runners on first and third with two outs. Matt Carpenter flied out to left center (2-1 pitch) to end the inning … 74 pitches for Volstad after three, 47 for strikes.

David DeJesus led off the third with a triple to right center. Darwin Barney followed with a single to center. DeJesus scored and cut the Cardinals lead to 2-1. Anthony Rizzo lined out to center for the first out. Alfonso Soriano pulled a 1-0 pitch to left. The ball one-hopped the wall. Barney scored all the way from first on Soriano’s 31st double and 104th RBI of the season. Barney slid around Molina, who was blocking the plate, and touched the plate with the tying run. Castro flied out to right center and Valbuena flied out to deep right on Carpenter’s 48th pitch of the game (28 for strikes) to end the inning.

After three complete, the game was tied at two … but not for long.

Pete Kozma drove a 0-1 pitch into the gap in right center. The ball skipped past Dave Sappelt and rolled all the way to the wall. Sappelt misplayed the ball and Kozma ended up at third with a leadoff triple. Daniel Descalso squared to bunt on a 2-1 pitch as Kozma broke for the plate. Mike Matheny called for the suicide squeeze. Volstad threw the 2-1 pitch high and tight. Descalso could not put the bat on the ball … and Castillo could not catch it either. The ball hit of Castillo’s glove and Kozma scored the go ahead run. Descalso grounded out to third, Chris Carpenter grounded out to third and Jon Jay lined out to left to end the inning. Volstad threw 92 pitches in the first four innings, 59 for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing in the fourth … 60 pitches for Carpenter after four, 35 for strikes.

After four complete, the Cubs trailed 3-2.

Carlos Beltran lined out to a sliding David DeJesus in center to start the fifth. Volstad walked Matt Holliday and gave up a bloop single to Allen Craig. Yadier Molina then popped a 3-0 pitch to right center for the second out. Volstad continued to labor and walked Matt Carpenter to load the bases with two outs. Pete Kozma grounded Volstad’s first pitch to Valbuena, who went the short way to second, to end the inning. Volstad threw 116 pitches, 68 for strikes, over five innings.

Other than a two out single by Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs did nothing in the fifth. Chris Carpenter threw77 pitches, 47 for strikes, over his first five innings of work.

After five complete, the Cubs trailed 3-2.

Miguel Socolovich retired the side in order in the sixth.

Shelby Miller replaced Carpenter in the sixth and the Cardinals’ top pitching prospect retired Castro on a comebacker to the mound. Luis Valbuena pulled a 3-1 pitch into right and advanced to second on a single to center off the bat of Welington Castillo. With runners on first and second with one down, Dave Sappelt flied out to deep left center. Valbuena tagged and advanced to third. Mike Matheny made his way to the mound after Bryan LaHair was announced as the pinch-hitter for Miguel Socolovich. Lefty Sam Freeman was summoned from the pen and Sveum countered with Josh Vitters. Vitters struck out swinging to end the inning.

Michael Bowden issued a one-out walk to Holliday in the seventh, but that was all for the Cardinals in the inning.

David DeJesus led off the seventh with a single to left off Sam Freeman. Barney lined out to right. Anthony Rizzo worked a full count but popped out to third for the second out. Matheny went to his pen for Trevor Rosenthal. Soriano hit Rosenthal’s first pitch to Holliday in left to end the inning.

After seven complete, the Cubs trailed 3-2.

James Russell gave up a leadoff single to Matt Carpenter (left field) in the eighth. Kozma failed to bunt Carpenter into scoring position. Daniel Descalso followed with a double to right center. Carpenter scored and the Cardinals took a 4-2 lead. Russell walked pinch-hitter David Freese. Jon Jay hit into a 6-4 fielder’s choice. With runners on first and third, Russell struck out Carlos Beltran swinging (1-2 pitch) to end the inning.

Starlin Castro led off the eighth with a single off Edward Mujica … but Luis Valbuena lined into a three-unassisted double play. Welington Castillo looked at strike three to end the inning … and the Cubs went to the ninth down 4-2.

Shawn Camp retired the side in order in the ninth.

Dave Sappelt tapped Fernando Salas’ first pitch to the right side of the mound. Salas made a diving stop and threw to Craig at first to nail Sappelt … replays showed that the call did not go the Cubs way. Tony Campana hit for Camp and struck out.

David DeJesus stepped in with the Cubs down by two, the bases empty and two outs. DeJesus hit a soft liner into right (1-2 pitch). Darwin Barney followed and did the improbable. With the wind blowing in, Barney lifted a 1-2 pitch into the first row of the bleachers in left center … and just like that the game was tied at four. Anthony Rizzo tapped back to the mound to end the inning. But the Cubs tied the game at four … and it was time for free baseball.

Carlos Marmol started the tenth and received a gift from his defense. Matt Carpenter pulled a 1-0 pitch toward the hole at second. Barney ranged over and caught the ball as it took a bad hop toward the outfield. Barney made an off balance throw toward first. Anthony Rizzo made a diving catch in foul ground and touched the base with the tip of his cleats just before Carpenter touched the bag. Marmol walked Pete Kozma but Descalso flied out to the track in center and Skip Schumaker struck out swinging to end the inning.

The Cubs did nothing against Joe Kelly in the tenth.

Alberto Cabrera retired the side in order in the 11th on 14 pitches, nine for strikes.

Welington Castillo led off the 11th and singled to right on a 0-1 pitch. Brett Jackson ran for Castillo and advanced to second when Dave Sappelt bunted to Kelly on a 0-1 pitch. Steve Clevenger hit for Cabrera and flied out to right. Jackson tagged and advanced to third on the play.

David DeJesus pulled a 0-2 pitch into right. Jackson scored … Cubs Win!

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

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

Travis Wood is scheduled to face Adam Wainwright on Saturday afternoon.

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  • AGUSTIN REXACH RODRIGUEZ

    Very Nice Ending! Thanks for a great recap Neil! Hope everything is well my friend, Say hello to the boss!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Hey man, great to hear from you! I will do. Hope all is well with you.

  • brent carmona

    Neil, was this your favorite game of the season, so far? I haven’t watched all the games but listened to almost all of them, this one was my fav for sure!

    • Tony_Hall

      It definitely is one of mine. The look on Barney’s face as he rounded 1st was absolutely priceless!

      I loved the line from Rizzo to Barney if he wouldn’t have saved his error in extras on that great play. Barney would have done it to himself, as he sent it to extras with that homer and without that HR, that defensive play would never have happened.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        That play was something else, on both ends. I wonder what Barney is going to do for him …

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I am not sure if it was my favorite, I liked the Rizzo walk-off against the Cardinals. This one was right there and I really liked Pat Hughes’ reaction to Barney’s homer. I have not heard him that excited in four years.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I think Cubtex’s prophecy that the Cubs were a lock to lose 100 games is in real jeopardy. We have six games left with the two teams in all of MLB who have worse records than we do: Colorado and Houston. The Cubs need to win a mere four games to prove that Cubtex is not a prophet. With twelve games to go….it looks very doubtful.

    • Tony_Hall

      Never did see that lock, not if you looked at the September schedule. We have to go 4-7 to not lose 100.

      Of course in reality the difference between 98, 99. 100, 101 is nothing, except in how people talk.

      But it has also served as a motivating factor for the team, and mainly the young players to have something to fight for the rest of the year. Let’s face it the ones who will be around for awhile know who they are, and they are being asked to do this with a weaker supporting cast then what they will ever have again.

      • texcubnut

        Tony, there is one difference between losing 98 or losing 101 this season and that is the difference between picking second OR picking third in next years draft. That difference between second and third could be huge.
        We have a three game set with the team we’ll be battling with for that second pick. Those games could get mighty ugly.
        If losing 101 games assured us of the second pick next year, I’ll take that this year. After all, if we are in rebuilding mode, than I would like to see what kind of draft team Theo could have with virtually the top pick in EVERY round.
        Now the difference between second and third may not be that great this year depending on what is out there and who is available. But I would trade 100 losses right now for assurance of having that pick. It could be the difference maker.

        • Tony_Hall

          I agree I would rather be 2nd than 3rd with each round, but it is pretty minor in the big scheme. If it was the Red Sox or the Padres who might be looking at the same players, it would be huge, but the Rockies have a completely different home environment than we do.

          Best of both worlds, Cubs get 99 losses and the Rockies end up 100!